Tuesday, April 04, 2006
more flaws please
I'm sure somebody else has put this more elegantly than I am - but a little stretching of the willing suspension of disbelief can add zing to book. The author, on the equivalent of a literary highwire, stumbles and then regains their balance just in time, to gasps of pleasure from readers as they let go a momentary unwillingness to maintain the suspension. Sometimes its the "flaws" that give the book that something extra. Especially in kids books. Maybe we've started demanding too much logic as readers and editors.