Getting cross with characters a sign of great writing
Posted by Sarah P on June 24, 1998 at 04:38:07:
In response to favoured and favourite, written by Constanza on June 23, 1998 at 11:22:39
] I feel like having a tantrum, stamping my foot on the floor and yelling to Mrs. Ferrars and Fanny's brother: it is not fair!!!!!!!
LOL! I know the feeling. I feel the same on Anne Elliot's behalf and want to slap her sisters, especially Elizabeth, for how they treat her. I think we all feel this way about many of JA's characters, they are so 'real' that we get passionate about or for them. Hence the enjoyment of the 'Slap Miss Bingley (and others)' and 'the Celebrity Death Matches'.
You don't feel like that about many other writers whose books you enjoy, because a lot of them just don't have the depth of characterisation needed to get so involved. It takes a really great writer to manage for 2 centuries to get readers so worked up on behalf of their books - the Republic shows just how many of us are addicts, all over the world and all different ages.
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