I started reading The Lover by Marguerite Duras today. I’m only about halfway through (I’m on page 69!) so I don’t really have much to say (yet), but I did take me a little while to get into it. Once she meets her lover it really opened up for me, but I get the idea that the family tragedy she keeps hinting at in the beginning will be pretty shocking. We’ll see tomorrow.
Also, I’ve been looking around at other lit blogs, I read that it’s a good idea to comment on others and start up a discussion. I came across one today which I was rather fascinated by. They have a lot of reviews of gay lit, which I loved, but what amazed me was the fiction. I mean, I’ve seen fan fiction before, but it’s usually something like Katniss Everdeen goes on a date with Margaret “Meg” Murray or Robin “meets up” with Superboy. So check out the fiction at Love That Dares.
I ask my students not to write fan fiction, but I suppose its hard to say where you draw the line. What does one do with Wide Sargasso Sea or (speaking of Meg Murray) When You Reach Me? I’m playing with tropes and stock characters in my novel so who’s to say what’s lit and what’s not, what’s new and what’s been done before? I know I’ve read books and wondered what happens to the characters after the last page, so I suppose a lot of other readers and writers do the same thing. My only problem is that a lot of what I see in fan fiction is the author’s insistence on how the story should play out or it’s just this side of porn, not that I can really describe that, but in the words of the Honorable Potter Stewart, “[I] know it when I see it.”
Fiction, I wish I knew how to quit you!