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Geoffrey H. Goodwin -- I Can See in the Dark

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"I don't need a protagonist to be a nice person; I just need them to be interesting." Jeff VanderMee [Jul. 19th, 2013|09:28 am]
Geoffrey H. Goodwin -- I Can See in the Dark
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"I think one of my concerns as a writer these days--just kinda in the back of my mind sometimes--is whether most readers read for the things I do, since obviously that's what's going to manifest in my writing. For example, I don't read to have my basic values and positions reaffirmed. I also don't read to see reflections of the world I already move through and already know. I generally don't think of characters in a novel as heroes of villains, too, and prefer books in which your understanding of characters changes over the course of the novel to some extent. I don't need a protagonist to be a nice person; I just need them to be interesting. I also don't like the classic confrontation ending that is the meat-and-potatoes of a lot of commercial novels--I don't know if Hollywood gave it to fiction or fiction gave it to Hollywood, but you know the one--hero meets villain in final conflict, usually with supporting cast to some degree in the picture."

Jeff VanderMeer


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