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The contract between the author and the reader

30 December 2011

The contract between the author and the reader is a game. And the game . . . is one of the greatest inventions of Western civilization: the game of telling stories, inventing characters, and creating the imaginary paradise of the individual, from whence no one can be expelled because, in a novel, no one owns the truth and everyone has the right to be heard and understood.

Carlos Fuentes

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One Comments to “The contract between the author and the reader”

  1. While I do like this quote, there’s just one little fallacy: because I write science fiction, I am the AuthorGod of my Universe ^_^

    Then again, as one of my favorite milSF/space opera writers (Lois McMaster Bujold) notes, there is a level of change to an author’s words which occurs in the reader’s mind–a change which might be different each and every time the reader takes in the story. The “Reader as Collaborator” depends as much on the reader’s mood and real life at the moment when they come upon my story as my story depends on mine at the moment when I write it.

    -Friday

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