Friday, August 31, 2007

On Writing . . .

A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
-G. K. Chesterton

5 comments:

Janet Rubin said...

Hmmm...
I think every novel tells some truth about the author.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

You are right, Janet.

But to readers (not writers) a good novel leaves you believing that the characters really do exist in some far away place. You remember the characters then reflect upon the author.

I think G.K. is speaking of that moment.

If the novel is bad, the reader's attention is focused on the author. If the novel is good his thoughts are submersed in the plight of the characters.

Janet Rubin said...

too true. i just finished the 4th Harry Potter novel. Had my nose in it all morning (when I wasn't checking email), and I was truly transported to another place. Laughed, cried, got a little scared. Later I'm going to watch the DVD.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

I guess I'm gonna have to read those Potter books. I keep hearing how well written they are.

Even published authors sing her praises.


But, alas. I just had to register my 'waiting to read' stack of books with the FAA so helicopters won't run into it.

I do like the movies.

Jerry Pat Bolton said...

I saw one of the Potter movies and liked it because of the special effects, haven't read the stories, nor will I, because fantasy doesn't appeal to me . . . She has said that she is going to write a detective/thriller the next time out . . . Her fans might hang her from the nearest lamppost . . .

I imagine a novel tell a lot about both the authors and it's heroes . . . Good or bad . . .