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That's okay, I haven't been that active either. Legolas Send a noteboard - 09/02/2011 09:16:59 PM
Ah. That is one of his staple traits, if you are talking about what I think you are talking about.

Probably.
I think it is true of most writers. Good guys are hard to nuance. I am still reeling from the horror of Dumas' protagonist in Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine. And if you ever have occasion to read Bleak House I think you will find Esther Summerson another. Bad guys always seem to be more interesting.

Well, yes, but modern writers, at least in "literary" works, generally don't go with "good" and "evil" anymore so much.

Bleak House, is that the book that recent TV show is based on? The name rings familiar, but I certainly haven't read it (nor seen the show, my mum found it "too complicated" and stopped watching).
You know what Miss Prism said: the good ended happily and the bad unhappily -- that is what fiction means.

Who is Miss Prism? I take it she was a Victorian, too. :P
I suppose you are right about the great masses of Dickens readers -- they would want the happy ending for its own sake. But I know the awareness of the "false" happy ending is there in some of the literati. I came across a letter from Stevenson to J.M. Barrie, for example, where he commended the latter for his so obviously false happy ending in ... hmm, I cannot remember which book it was.

*nods* No doubt. Stevenson doesn't really seem to be one for happy endings, now that you mention him... but I've never read the original version of Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is ages ago and the Black Arrow does have a happy ending, so maybe I'm just talking nonsense here. :P
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