Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Author Margaret Atwood Interview at DePaul University

Have you ever wondered what your reader's experience will be while reading your book? Does it bother you that you can't control what message they take away from reading your particular novel? As Margaret Atwood says, you can't dictate to your reader what the message is, they'll take away what they take away.  



  1. I really like Margaret Atwood. I don't like all of her books but I'm drawn to her writing anyway, if that makes any sense. I think she's very wise. Thanks for sharing this interview. Reading is a visceral experience for me so I particularly liked her comment: "You undergo a book; you don't just get the message out of it."

  2. Glad you think so, Carol. I concur completely. Few writers understand the complexity of writing the way Margaret does.

  3. Hi Joylene,
    I would like to share with you my perspective on your question. Now I only dabble in a bit of writing. However, it does not bother me in the slightest if a reader does not get a particular 'message'in a way I may have intended. In fact, when I get feedback on my postings that present other possibilities within my story; I believe that is a good thing. If I have sparked a persons imagination; then that is a positive result. Then again, with my quirky writing; it is indeed, subject to interpretation.
    With respect, Gary

  4. I've always been a great fan, since her very first book, and I met her at a book signing during one of our biggest Literary Festivals, the one at Hay-on-Wye. She signed my book but I was too shy to say anything! :0)

  5. @Gary, I totally agree. I think the joy of reading is different for every reader. Thanks for sharing.

    @Carole, that is funny. The chances of Margaret Atwood ever appearing anywhere near where we live is so remote that I bet $100 I'd have a better chance if I went to the UK. Can't remember the last time she was in Vancouver either. And Vancouver is still a long way from here.


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