Friday, March 28, 2014

The most dangerous path

"I once heard Charles D’Ambrosio say that you have to say “yes” to the story. At every turning point, the protagonist must always—always—choose the more dangerous path. ... Stories are driven by mistakes. They require mistakes."
--Robert Voedisch, interview with One Teen Story

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  1. That is brilliant. :) This is why it bothers me when I read reviews and readers complain that the character was stupid because they made so many mistakes ...

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    1. At least if readers engage with the characters and urge them to do the right thing, it means they've gotten involved with the story. But, of course, if characters did the right thing, there would be no story!

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  2. I agree with Michelle. Sometimes readers can be very judgmental without realizing that to err is human, even if we are examining a character in a story. Besides, the characters need to make mistakes to learn their lessons, and that's how they experience character growth in the story.

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    1. As readers, sometimes what we want isn't what's best for the story. We root for the characters even though we know the story would be boring if nothing bad happened to them and if they never caused bad things to happen.

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