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wFriday, March 08, 2002

THE AUTHOR AS ANGRY DEITY: As I was reviewing a couple of books for The Stranger last night, I was reminded of an unpleasant truth about creators that Joel Miller had to help me formulate. They may harbor good feelings for their characters, but if they want to keep an audience interested, they must act like angry unreasonable deities – putting them through sheer hell for our entertainment. If there’s no misery there’s no story; no conflict, no resolution. They may bring their books to a satisfying resolution but it's worth remembering that storytellers are the polar opposite of peacemakers.

posted by Jeremy at 1:19 PM