Re: RARA-AVIS: Unreliable narrator

Date: 11 Nov 2005

I've had Val's book on my stack for years. I'll push it to the top and see what I think. If someone can really develop interesting character and psychological depth, I wouldn't reject a book just because it had an unexpected ending, but this doesn't happen very often. What I want is something unpredictable, but seems to be the only possible ending for the character when you think it over. Also, it has to be the result of something the character chose at some point, or else it's just happenstance and not satisfying. When I'm reading a book, I'm not thinking the ending--I'm just enjoying the ride--unless I'm being teased along, in which case, I get aggravated. Writing or reading the last third of a novel is my least favorite part because by then the character has reached the most psychological intricacy and it's all tie-up from there. If the surprise ending is achieved by the protagonist doing something out of character, it really bothers me, or if the surprise ending is created through coincidence, red herring, or another type of cheap trick, I'm doubly aggravated. Vicki

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