head_overheels at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 23 12:16:58 EDT 2008
Hear, hear. She never goes out of her way to explain why we should TOTALLY LOVE OMG her characters. Instead, she seems to go with the "Emma" plan of making protagonists no one can love but the author, which of course is a much better plan that leads to readers loving the characters so much more.
> I'll add - I love the way she makes characters with faults real and
> endearing. Chrestomanci is vain, Howl is vain AND a slitherer-outer, the
> Prat Rupert is a prat, Maree is a pain in the bum, Awful is a pest... but I
> love them all. I'm glad DWJ is not a conwoman or a poli. She'd have had a
> disastrously grand career in making us think the unacceptable was not only
> acceptable but lovable.
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