Thankfully (well at least for me) there aren’t very many characters in the novel.
I don’t normally focus on a favorite character in my posts, but I did have one and will share it with you if you share yours with me. I don’t think it’s fair to, even though you do come here to hear my musings and opinions ( no?), force my opinions on you as you read. I do hope that you come away with your own opinions!
Although as I write this it does make me wonder about authors. Let’s start today’s discussion about authors and their characters.
Do you ever feel manipulated by an authors rendering of a character – forcing you to like or dislike them? Can an author avoid hoisting their opinion of a character on the reader? Does the act of creating a character force the author to try to feel a certain way about a character? Does it necessarily follow that in order to create a story he/she must persuade you to like, dislike, sympathize with, etc.characters to create a plausible narrative?
Now back to The Snow Child. Was there a character that spoke to you above all others? Did you have a favorite? There were characters that we met but didn’t find out much about and others that were more well rounded regarding their history. In the end I felt we learned the most about Mable. Do you agree? Was there a character you wanted to see more of? One that you could have done without?
I have led in person discussions about The Snow Child and a few members mentioned Faina and the mystery surrounding her appearance and her ability to remain alone in the cold Alaska woods even as a child. We do find out a little about her father – possibly Russian (coincidence that the novel is based on a Russian folk tale), died because of or aided by alcohol consumption, and her mother likely died during childbirth. Did you want more? Would that have added to or detracted from the narrative? Even though this novel truly needed the reader to suspend disbelief a few readers had difficulty accepting the possibility that Faina could have managed on her own. Did you face the same issue? Would you prefer more reality based fiction or are you up to the challenge of the fairy tale? I was a big fairy tale reader as a child. Do we lose the ability to lose reality as we grow up?
I’d love to hear from you!