The Afterlife of Fictional Characters [polldaddy poll=7237295]

I’ve been interviewing writers recently for a literary magazine which should be launching in the winter, catastrophes permitting. One aspect of writing that has come up in conversation is what happens to fictional characters after the writer has finished with them; not simply the question of whether novelists are ever tempted to return to the cast of previous books but the fictional afterlife that forms in a reader’s mind

 

 

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I’ve been interviewing writers recently for a literary magazine which should be launching in the winter, catastrophes permitting. One aspect of writing that has come up in conversation is what happens to fictional characters after the writer has finished with them; not simply the question of whether novelists are ever tempted to return to the cast of previous books but the fictional afterlife that forms in a reader’s mind. Every ending to a book, after all, continues an insinuation of futures. And all stories are excerpts.

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