Today I’m having an Umberto Eco day—my mind is going in many directions. I’m reading Confessions of a Young Novelist. I’m having strong approach/avoidance about writing the blog. I vowed to myself to write a blog a week.
Here are some quotes that started my mind going at 6 AM:
To be permanently emotionally involved with the inhabitants of a fictional possible world, we must satisfy two requirements: (1) we must live in the fictional possible world as if in an interrupted daydream, and (2) we must behave as if we were one of the characters.
The compelling nature of the great tragedies stems from the fact that their heroes, instead of escaping an atrocious fate, plunge into the abyss—which they have dug with their own hands—because they have no idea what awaits them; and we, who clearly see where they are headed so blindly, cannot stop them.
Fictional characters live in an incomplete—or, to be ruder and politically incorrect—handicapped world.
But when we truly understand their fate, we begin to suspect that we too, as citizens of the here-and-now, frequently encounter our destiny simply because we think of our world in the same way that fictional characters think of theirs. Fiction suggests that perhaps our view of the actual world is as imperfect as the view that fictional characters have of their world. This is why successful fictional characters become supreme examples of the “real” human condition.
I’ll leave you to ponder.