And how the passage of time plays into that. There have been films that do this too. But the pleasures of that kind of cinema have much to do with the recurrence of familiar characters. The slippage between the present and the past, and the way this slippage shapes identity and meaning, is something I wanted to explore in my novel—in which, not so coincidentally, one of the main characters works as a writer on a soap.
How do soaps do this so effectively? At their strongest, soaps bring that history to bear on the next plot twist, making it richer, making it matter more.
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Soaps revel in the pleasure of character. And character, lately, as a literary concern, has come to feel a bit outmoded, almost unfashionable.
That they are cobwebs to be cleared. As if inventing names for people and putting them in imaginary situations where they do things only distances readers from what is most significant and true. As if characters are relics of a less sophisticated time. A time when people read: Description, character—these are dead or dying in reality as well as in art. It all starts to feel like so much creaky machinery. And definitions—what exactly is this kind of writing and what falls into the category—are slippery, too.
The trend against invented characters, if you can call it that, is hardly new or unprecedented. And none of these writers do away with character and description. Rather, she interrogates and complicates our understanding of it. Faye, recently divorced, lives in London and has come to Athens to teach a creative writing seminar. Instead of deep character studies, Cusk offers us vivid sketches and evocative images that illuminate the instability of identity, of language, and shifting frames of reference.
At one point, Faye meets a playwright named Anne, a kind of not-quite mirror of herself—Anne is lively, talky, present, as opposed to Faye, whose style is all precision and restraint, or depending on your point of view, chilliness. Anne recounts a conversation she had with a man on a plane who tells her all about his life and in so doing, creates an oppositional space for Anne to take up:. This anti-description…had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of exposition: Yet this shape, even while its content remained unknown, gave her… a sense of who she was now.
Selves come into focus only to dissolve again. How could you ever build a traditional, character-based narrative on that? A continued suspension of disbelief, when we know so much better at this point.
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