This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
How about a chance to play editor-in-chief? Fill in the blanks:
__________ would have been a much better book if ________________.
Ah, a chance to play God? I know there’s lots of writers out there, but I’m embarassed to say that part of the reason I read is because I can’t write. I mean, I can put together a basic sentence (an elementary school level sentence, but a sentence nonetheless), but a novel? Maybe in my next life.
And I have to say that I don’t think I can answer this question. Not because I don’t want to, but because the story is done. Finished. Is there things I would have liked different? Well, yeah, of course, but then it’s not the author’s story, it’s mine.
Would I have liked Scarlett not to be so pig headed? Yes. Would I like Anita Blake to stick to her morals and stop sleeping around? Yes. Would I like Atonement to move a little quicker? Yes. Would I have liked things to have ended differently in Bel Canto? Yes. But would these stories be the same if I changed them? No, I don’t think they would.
This makes me think of my own life. Would you go back and change things? I definitely have regrets (nothing major, just things I would do differently if I could), things I wish I’d handled differently or done differently, but on the other hand they make up who I am. An authors job is not to invent someone perfect or give us the neat, tidy ending
we I secretly crave, but to tell a good story. A good story will stick with me far longer than a mediocre story that has an ending I like and characters that are dull. I know that editors are needed and can really help mold a story, but I think I’ll pass on that job for now.
So what do you think? I’m sure you’ve got a much better answer than me, so prove me right in the comments. 😀
If you’ve already answered this question on your blog, leave a comment anyway and I’ll come see what your answer was.