Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How to Read a Novel (2)

Fiction is, by definition, something that is made up. It doesn't have to be real events or the way things really happened, and it doesn't have to be about real people. It's the author's way of telling people something new, something that might have happened, something that--if it happened--shows you how the author looks at life.

That is Katsuren.

The place is real. The people could be real, but they're not. What IS real is how this author feels about the beginning of love.

You have to make a choice. Do you stick to the well traveled path, or do you follow the road that most people wouldn't choose to follow?

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