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Posted 05 August 2018 - 02:52 PM

 

Time for a few notes and questions about characters. Without them the reading process would be for naught.
 
What makes them interesting, why are they fascinating, and what makes them stick in our minds and hearts?
What embodiments do they possess which make them smart, full of feeling, what motivates them, their memories and desires, their fantasies and their foibles.
 
In short, what makes them tick. Both their good and bad attributes are important to these decisions.
 
E.M. Forster gave us some dintinctions to look for in his book 'Aspects of the Novel' to help define the process of character development.
 
These are the forms for lead and secondary characters:
 
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Ever notice that niceness almost always prevails at the end of a book? 
Do characters have to be perfect? 
What sort of characters stand out? 
Does an aspect of a flat character bring out the roundness of of the lead character? 
Is the character interesting enough for you to be interested in what happens to him in the story? 
What would you like to see happen to a particular character? Why?
Do the internal struggles and conflicts resolve themselves? 
Does the crisis a character faces reckon itself with the past? 
How do the good attributes change to bad and visa-versa? 
Why are some characters round and others flat? 
Does the character surprise you? 
Does he convince?
 
Look for any juxtaposition to monitor your impressions over the course of a characters development. 
 
Is the image of the self what you want verses what you want to want? Example being: The Ginger vs. Marianne dilemna
 
These are just a few things to look for in your reading of characters. When you start asking these questions it'll open the door to a greater understanding of where your own character development can go through the course of your own life story. Understanding how characters develop as a reader may help tell the tale. Characters and how they interact are what drives any story or narrative. Without them there would be no life worth living...
 
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Supporting characters are important too. Yes, yes...there are names for these too. Drama can be exciting from many different points of view. A deuteragonist comes after the protagonist in any good story. Number two in the scheme of things. So to speak.

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Then there is the Tritagonist. The third!

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Of course, what's a good never ending story without a Contagonist. A guardians 'conscience' is always subject to temptation.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:11 PM

 

What does it mean to read?
 
When you think about it it's a big question. It denotes an action. An action to do what? Maybe in it's own way reading is an act that can change the world in some small way. Reading forces us into attentiveness; to keep a sense of the mind working at full attention and to mobilize our thoughts, emotions, and imaginations into a sensible order.
 
It's been said that reading is a passport into the imagination. It allows us to reach a parallel reality where the soul can travel freely and invent new things along the way. I take umbrage with the term passport. Why a passport? Isn't a passport a sort of permission slip to travel? Since when does anyone need a passport to read or use an imagination to bring forth new ideas into the world at large.
 
Language on the page can stand for an allegory on the making of the universe around us. A composed creation that opens the door for others to enter if they so choose. Making the universe a bigger place just by sharing this 'language' amongst ourselves. Learning to write and read the descriptions within the indescribable using exciting words, signs, and images is what keeps a good reader coming back for more. Like tending a giant collective garden one part at a time. Each writer doing their part to bring the reader into a larger universe.
 
Reading gives people the intimate contact needed to convey the text to the mind. It's an art form that gives authors and readers a place to commune and learn from each other. It can let in light to relieve a troubled soul. 
 
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 05:26 PM

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It's called reading. It's how people install new software into their brains...

 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:43 PM

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:17 PM

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:14 PM

Are you trying to actually learn something?

 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:55 PM

Are you trying to actually learn something?


Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:44 PM

 

Interpretations, evaluations, and bias
 
Too many questions involving who's right and who's wrong. There are more interesting questions to ask. Reading slowly often helps in mitigating some of the bias' involved. At least slow enough to see the presence of its ever present sense lurking in the shadows.

Is there a conflict between a books explicit meaning verses any unacknowledged implications or sub-texts a piece may contain?
What assumptions might lie behind any interpretation?
How can an artful reader bring their own bias' and assumptions out into the open?
What kind of reader do you want to be?

Often, when searching for interpretations, one stumbles upon facts that can change the whole outlook of an evaluation or analysis. What do you do with a new fact when it goes against a bigger group of facts already stating an explanation? Do you let your bias' get in the way and throw it in the garbage heap? Do you try to burn a truth out of existence before anyone else can see it?

Interpretation is defined as an explanation. The meaning must not be specifically obvious. It involves unlocking a secret or solving a mystery. Interpretation also involves discovering the subtext in the descriptions. Do you sense a character keeping something from the reader? Do you as the reader find the places that are revealing in the subtext?

Interpretation is designed to take an artful reader past what is obvious and should not be surprised when different interpretations come into conflict. For an Artful Reader disagreement is not a sign to indicate something may be wrong. It is an indication that you may be actually getting somewhere.

That means taking time for a little self discovery.
 

 

 

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:19 PM

 

Master Plots and Genres
 
The Protagonist and the antagonist. 
 
The hero's journey (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) and a stranger comes to town (Cat in the Hat). 
 
Master plots are recurring story types like the old rags to riches tale told over and over. These are called cultural myths or master narratives. Only the story patterns change. They are universal and tend to go in and out of style as culture dictates. Master plots look at cultural practices and historical trends. Discovering and re-discovering universal truths. At the very beginning of a story the reader will be thrown off balance and taken on a journey or introduced to a strange element or figure. A destabilizing event is the antagonist that begins the adventure. 
 
Master plots are not necessarily literately in nature. They can be framed in any genre. A genre is todays critical term defining a type or category. They also extend out into other media and ideological forms. Fiction and non-fiction are the two basic distinctions. Nonfiction gives us the facts and tells the truth. Fiction puts the reader in touch with their emotions and can enlighten all our efforts in learning the larger truths of life. Fiction provokes thought by delving into the universe and discovering old plots and re-writing new ones. Finding a larger story and framing a plot to make it interesting to the reader.
 
Genres are usually in opposition to each other. Or at least they're supposed to be. Westerns are not horror stories and science fiction tales of fantasy are not legal thrillers. Right? Well, sometimes it doesn't work out that way. It really doesn't have to. The master plot will tell the moral of the tale if it's told well and with an interesting framework. Crossing the lines and stirring the pot by mixing genres together is a common practice. Try this little trick when picking up an unfamiliar book at the library: Read the first sentence and try to guess the genre or do it without looking at the picture on the cover or reading the blurb in the back nor any of the reviews to give it away. Can you guess which genre? Titles and authors can be a dead give-a-way so just pick a book at random and see if you can guess the type of story by playing that little game. 
 
In closing, here are a couple of questions to ask about some of the books you've already read:
 
How many stories in any genre follow the pattern of 'the journey' or the 'stranger'?
 
What are your favorite examples of these two forms of Master Plot? 
 
...till next time...
 
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 12:04 PM

What does it mean to read?
 
When you think about it it's a big question. It denotes an action. An action to do what? Maybe in it's own way reading is an act that can change the world in some small way. Reading forces us into attentiveness; to keep a sense of the mind working at full attention and to mobilize our thoughts, emotions, and imaginations into a sensible order.
 
It's been said that reading is a passport into the imagination. It allows us to reach a parallel reality where the soul can travel freely and invent new things along the way. I take umbrage with the term passport. Why a passport? Isn't a passport a sort of permission slip to travel? Since when does anyone need a passport to read or use an imagination to bring forth new ideas into the world at large.
 
Language on the page can stand for an allegory on the making of the universe around us. A composed creation that opens the door for others to enter if they so choose. Making the universe a bigger place just by sharing this 'language' amongst ourselves. Learning to write and read the descriptions within the indescribable using exciting words, signs, and images is what keeps a good reader coming back for more. Like tending a giant collective garden one part at a time. Each writer doing their part to bring the reader into a larger universe.
 
Reading gives people the intimate contact needed to convey the text to the mind. It's an art form that gives authors and readers a place to commune and learn from each other. It can let in light to relieve a troubled soul. 
 
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