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262 pages, Paperback
First published July 5, 2009
when it comes to primary characters, the less described the better. Most of the time, especially in genre fiction the main character becomes functionally a stand-in for the reader. As the story progresses, if the writer is doing the job right, the reader increasingly identifies with the main character.
As a consequence, the reader begins to subconsciously imagine the main character as looking, more or less like the reader.... The more colorful the main character--weighs 790 pounds, walks with a pronounced limp, speaks in riddles--the less likely the reader will identify. And the less the reader identifies , the less likely the reader will feel what the main character feels..."