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Book Protagonist

Character Is Destiny

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.

Do We Need to Identify With a Protagonist to Enjoy a Novel?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 05.21.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

From the 18th century onward, novels have shown themselves to be remarkably effective, durable technologies for encouraging us to extend our understanding to others. And if that isn't a good reason to pick up a good book, then I don't know what is.

Unlikable Characters In Books

The Millions | Emily St. John Mandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is one of those books that came to my attention through the chatter of the booksellers with Twitter accounts who make my l...