Chandler Burr | When We Read Fiction


"When we read fiction, we pour our own particular store of emotions - say, the sense of loss we feel for those disappeared from our lives - into the characters set before us. We take the few words with which the writer sketches these characters, the things he said, the pain she felt, where they were, and our own emotional stockpile magically creates people. As the human eye fleshes out the pixilated image. Fictional characters are highly sophisticated Rorschach blots, and we, along with their author, are their authors.

When you read a fictional character, you too are creating her."
Chandler Burr, You or Someone Like You (p. 148)


(photo) Pentax k1000 on Kodak Ektar 100. straight out of the camera - hyperblue saturated color is a product of the film
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6 comments:

  1. This is lovely, thanks for sharing :)

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  2. noelani : As an avid reader, this really struck a cord with me. How many times have you read a book and a character slowly comes to resemble someone you know (or even sometimes yourself)?

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