The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Between the Lines--A Fairy Tale Comes to Life

       What happens to the characters in a fairy tale when the book is closed? Does the prince just stand there stiff as a statue, or just hang there on the cliff with a dagger clenched in his teeth, waiting to "come to life" when the reader cracks open the book?

      Or, does the Queen have hobbies that keep her occupied when she's not delivering the same tired (to her) lines over and over? Is the prince getting weary of saving and then kissing the damsel in distress? (Granted, she is beautiful but she's also a bit of an airhead.)

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        That's the premise of Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's novel Between the Lines. It turns out that fictional characters do have their own lives and when a disgruntled character and a reader become friends...well, that's when the fun (and the conflict) begins.

      Choose your favorite character. Assume they have interests and aggravations and dreams that have nothing to do with the lines they are forced to read every time the book is read.

       Who is the character and what is their life like?


  1. I have a couple of characters that I've written that are bored and waiting for me to come back and finish their stories. I "see" one of them in a long skirt sitting on a porch in a rocking chair, and she keeps sighing and tapping her foot at me to get back to her so she can get on with her "life."

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  3. Now, that's something to think about!

  4. Why, the Danny's Coffee Shop girls, of course. I wonder what they would say, without that hack over at my blog putting words in their mouths? ;-)


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