Re: RARA-AVIS: Richard Stark

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 06 Oct 2001

I have to intervene here: a character cannot be totally predictable; otherwise he's a robot, not a character. This applies to Parker, too. How could Westlake have a blueprint for everything that Parker would and would not do throughout his entire fictional existence? No writer can have that kind of control, nor is it desirable. If, say, Parker falls in love with a girl he meets during a caper, is that out of character? If he suddenly realizes that he's older and weaker, or less sure of himself, and as a consequence softens his stance, for example by not killing certain people, is that out of character? Does it invalidate a Parker novel as a work of literature? The value of the Parker series lies in that it's not a cartoon caricature.

End of mild rant, though it's a rant against nothing and nobody.




__________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? NEW from Yahoo! GeoCities - quick and easy web site hosting, just $8.95/month.

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
#  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 06 Oct 2001 EDT