Reply Post: Do authors have control over their characters after they’re introduced to the public?

Hey guys! Mishma over at ChasingFaerytales made a discussion post about a week ago questioning whether authors still have control over their characters once they’ve been introduced to the world. I highly suggest you head over there and read about her thoughts on the subject! Meanwhile, let me tell you my opinions.

So, once books are released to the world, do the writers lose control over the characters?

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I don’t think so! Not completely, at least.

Yes, of course readers are going to portray the characters and world differently than the writer. No two persons have the same mind/imagination. While the writer might have hated that one character, a reader might adore them. But that’s not exactly related to this question, is it?

When you love a book so much, specifically their characters, it’s obvious you go get as much more information out of that author about the characters as possible, right? Or is that just me? Particularly speaking about The Raven Boys. Once I read those books and rated them, the first thing I did was go seek more information about those characters because I wanted to get to know them better.

Sure, readers form opinions and thoughts and assumptions about the characters, what they might like or what their future holds. But as I did, I went to see what Maggie Stiefvater had to say, what she has in store for them.

Am I even making sense right now?

Basically, what I’m saying is everybody has their interpretations, but the author still has that control over their characters because even though many others have pondered the future for them, the author could one day publish a short story/sequel with their own idea and it could be completely opposite of yours.

So, in review, the authors still have control over their characters but many others still have their interpretations until further notice. 😊 Do you agree or disagree? What are your thoughts on the subject?


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