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Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Who owns the novel?
Date: Mon Apr 17 2006 - 09:26:47 EDT
Although I understand that the idea of open interpretation may be less than reassuring to a writer who his entirely sure of what he/she intended, the writer does not write for him or herself. The moment the work is released to the public, it takes on a life of its own. I also believe that often, an idea is present in a work that the author did not intend to put there. Nevertheless, it exsits. I have heard several writers who hear an arguement someone has made about a piece of their writing and say "I didn't intend it to be that way." Still, they cannot deny that the work presents that opinion. A book is an interactive experience. Therefore, to say that it is not open to interpretation is not true to the experience of writing and reading. It is a relationship between the work and its audience.
"Caldwell, John W." <email@example.com> wrote: Hello everyone. I am a new member, signed up for the second half. I thought I would send you all my - er- thoughts on the first one. I hope I am doing this right. I think that at first I disagreed with the whole concept of a novel, being the blood sweat and tears of some person, being open to interpretation. I mean the author usually, carefully and meticulously, crafts the plot of a story, designs the setting and characters, spends months if not years spinning each and every word and syllable and phrase, puts himself in the shoes of every character to shape that players persona, and then directs us to the final chapter where he pulls it all together. Yea right, its all open to my interpretation. I saw another possible take on this question of who owns the novel at the end of the first video, which really had nothing to do with intrepretations at all, and it was a much more pallatable solution to this question. I think
it has to do with the notion of intellectual possesion.!
It is as if, once we read it, and know it, it somehow weaves itself into our being and becomes a part of us, thus, we own it. I may be wrong.... John Caldwell
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