As a fiction writer, we are each all of the characters, which is one of the reasons reading a book is so interesting. You, dear reader, discover who the writer really is. Their judgments, their prejudices, their likes and dislikes, etc. So it is with 99.5% of all fiction writers.
A genius, however, paints with her pen such multi-dimensional characters that the reader feels as if they are actually only a touch away. And if these characters are pleasing, the reader desires them as friends, as buddies, as lovers.
Such artists – and there are few – draw a world so whole and complete that you actually living in it.
I must clarify. I am not speaking of tomes which depict worlds different from our own and, yet, follow conventional plotting and characterization. You will see what I mean, for example, if you sample Phillip K. Dick’s work. Strange, surreal, original, thought provoking.
Most writers, alas, are but pale imitations of the “Greats” - shadows, echoes, whispers. They are born without the gift of enough talent to transcend the very reality we inhabit, and transport us willingly, excitedly into another world. And no matter how much they are dedicated or try, they are simply incapable of reaching the heights. They find it impossible.
Yet these few who manage to write intricate, complex, multi-dimensional words are like gods. The tableau of characters, places, things, nuances, nature, born of their imagination, take over our consciousness for the precious moments until we turn the last page, read the last sentence. Our journey ended.
One cannot argue endlessly about who these few are, and who should be included. Of course, we are dealing with individual tastes, and preferences. I always return to Marcel Proust. As Virgina Woolf said after reading Proust, “What more is there left to say.”
What More is There Left to Say?
by Lilith Moon
Black Lotus by Lita Lepie
"Possibly one of the most artful colloquial narratives of the past decade."
- E. Cohen
"My only criticism is that it wasn’t long enough..."
"...film noir in a book..."
"Awareness of race, gender and sexual orientation shades [Black Lotus] with great depth..."