literary pet peeve

i’ve spent most of the day lost in the magical world of Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m digging the book, but having a hard time getting over my grudge against Foer. i’m more than a little pissed off that he has injected himself into the novel. he’s a main character and i hate when author’s do that.

i don’t like the line between ficition and non-fiction blurred in such ways. robert lasner did the same thing with for fuck’s sake.

why do authors do that? can’t they just make up a name? i’m not sure what the motive is and it drives me batty. i know authors hate when they are asked if their stories are based on real life, something that happened to them. but when people like foer and lasner make themselves a character in a work of fiction what are people supposed to think?

why blur that line?

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2 Comments

  1. heather 29.Dec.02 at 11:10 pm

    don’t go see “adaptation” then.

  2. mkh 30.Dec.02 at 12:41 pm

    I’ll second my beloved heather, and add this: For a great many people the line between fiction and consensus reality is already blurry. Some authors choose to make this fuzzy demarcation a theme in their work; transcendance comes in many forms.