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Thread #140865 Message #3240604
Posted By: MGM·Lion
18-Oct-11 - 12:25 AM
Thread Name: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
Subject: RE: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
Solomons might have been a 'trigger' for Fagin, being much in the news at the time as a Jewish criminal with underworld connections; but Dickens clearly didn't intend him as a direct representation. That is not how creative novelists work. Any more than Jackie Collins, who writes Hollywood-based novels of sexual intrigue, intends any of her characters to be a direct representation of any particular Hollywood star, tho obviously some amalgam of characteristics must go to each. My first wife Valerie, who died 4+ years ago, was a novelist, and has much to say about this way of working in one of her more metafictional [i.e. deliberately introspective as to the techniques employed] books called Culture Shock (1988).