“One of them, approximately forty years old, dressed in a grey summer suit, was short, dark-haired, plump, bald, and carried his respectable fedora hat in his hand.”—The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
With the news last week that Knopf will be published a re-telling of Pride & Prejudice told from the servants’ point-of-view, I started thinking about other great novels that might actually be interesting if told from a different character’s perspective. Here are 10 ideas:
«What story would you find interesting if told from another character’s point of view? We’ll get the ball rolling with:
The Fireman - ‘Fahrenheit 451’ told from Captain Beatty’s point of view»
“I’d been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairytale sense of doom.”—
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
We will be highlighting daily the not as famous but certainly just as important second lines of your favorite stories. How do authors follow up those famous first lines? You be the judge.
“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says ‘you are nothing,’ I will be a writer.”—We remember Hunter S. Thompson, who died on this day, February 20, in 2005.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has become a powerful advocate for children’s education. She toured a refugee camp in Jordan along the border with Syria. Malala and Shiza Shahid, the CEO of the Malala fund, spoke with Renee Montagne about the desperate need for more schools and educational opportunities for children of Syrian refugees.
“If your character knows something at the end of a book she didn’t know at the beginning, she is in a better position. Everybody wants a happy ending, but the real happy ending is when somebody really figures it out.”—