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If this is so, what is the explanation? It could prove to be a general impatience with invention itself, with make-believe; and a growing preference for fact, or at least for 'faction', in place of fiction. Has fiction today tended to become too fact-bound, too realistic, in spite of magic realism, or post-surrealism, or other varieties of fantasy? That seems possible. It may equally be true that Vidal's impression that everybody wants to write, nobody to read, diagnoses a self-defeating process.
The author in creation saw them as if coming to life - their proper and destined life - on the TV screen. That was certainly the impression I formed when serving in 1994 as chairman of the Booker Prize, an annual event in the British literary world, and one which is said to have made the reputations of several famous novelists who have won it, including Salman Rushdie. ) My own reaction was to find most of the entries exceedingly hard to read, precisely because they seemed to have been written by someone determined to be a novelist, but well aware that few if any readers were going to read him.
One cannot ignore the fact that there is a h u m a n being at either end of it, a separate individual. What distinguishes a responsible agent is not that he is wholly free of the influence of others (has such a person ever existed? ) but, more simply and less ambitiously, that he is capable of exercising a judgement or playing a role that is unambiguously his. S. Marine Corps, we cannot guarantee that he will obey us; nor can we guarantee to predict his actions and reactions. Now that is what a writer is like, even a dull obedient hack; that is what a reader is like too, even one who always reads thrillers or Mills & Boon romances.
A Passion for Books by Dale Salwak (eds.)