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Who Needs "Likable" Characters? Not Jonathan Franzen, or Me

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.05.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

I really perked up when the conversation turned to the notion of likability. Who says we have to like a character? Yet Franzen claims that "the safest thing" in writing fiction is not caring what the reader wants, in the sense of realizing, "Not everyone will like this guy."

WATCH: 7 Deadly Sins, The Litquake Version

Posted 06.22.2011 | Books

Narrative Magazine: Apathetic sex, the sloth of creative obsession, a poetic envy of Canada--in the video recorded during Narrative Magazine's event a...