Friday, November 21, 2008

Fiction and not-so-fictitious living

Frequently, I wish I were a character in a book. I wish that as I turned corners in my life, I could bump into my narrator telling my story. How would she depict my life? What seemingly insignificant details would she pull out of my life, choosing to weave beauty from the mundane? How would she describe my manner, and how would she support her case? What do I look like, what are my flaws? How would my relationships with others be portrayed?
Perhaps I crave this description because I love to analyze myself, others, and the way I fit in my world. I would love to hear another, more omniscient, creator figure describe me as she sees me - to show me how I fit into the greater plot, to display the repurcussions of actions, to show me who I am. Maybe I would like to "see as [I] am seen." Does anybody else ever want this, or am I a total book nerd?

7 comments:

mel said...

no, no.... I do the saaaame thing. :)

Brian and chelsea said...

"repercussions of actions" - yes, definitely would want to see that. Like how my interactions with others do/don't influence them when I'm gone.
And I think that's why I don't like seeing pictures of myself. I'm very unphotogenic, so most turn out badly. And I think - "is that a bad picture, or do I really look like that?!" There's self-analysis for ya.

ZLB said...

i feel like this sometimes while writing letters or in my journal, my narrator is most certainly from the 19th century.

ZLB said...

i feel like this sometimes while writing letters or in my journal, my narrator is most certainly from the 19th century.

Adriana said...

you should do it. Step outside of yourself and write as if you were observing it all, afterall, only you know yourself that well!

Jecca Lee Ivie Johnson said...

Have you been watching "Stranger than Fiction?" Are you in a tragedy or a comedy? I suppose that's the first thing you have to figure out, according to Dustin Hoffman.

Adrienne said...

I agree with Jess, if you haven't seen it, you need to see it. It's probably my favorite movie ever made (even though I can't stand will ferrell in any other part he's played).