Samuel asked Jeff VanderMeer:
Finished Anihilation, starting Authority. Your fantasyscape reminds me of this thing I'm learning about called dark green environmentalism... That and the movie Avatar. What do you think about happy endings? Sam
Jeff VanderMeer Happy endings have to be thought of terms of the rest of the novel or series. An unearned happy ending isn't particularly satisfying for the reader. But on the other hand unrelieved pessimism and darkness can be, for lack of another word, boring. I think if you follow the character arcs of the people in your work properly, you can get to a place where each person winds up where they should have ended up, and the effect of the whole is something nuanced. Which is to say, some happy endings are actually half-sad endings where you're surprised it's turned out as well as it has!
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Jared asked Jeff VanderMeer:
The first Southern Reach was incredible, probably one of my top ten faves; I haven't yet gotten a chance to read the second. I've always had a soft spot for intense novels with strong female characters: what inspired you to write one with nothing BUT strong female characters? (In my opinion, it turned out great, suspenseful and thrilling without falling into any tired tropes or stereotypes.) Thanks for your time!
Sheryl asked Jeff VanderMeer:
Regarding POV in Wonderbook: What is the best way to solidify an omniscient objective POV in the mind of the reader as they enter a story – without making the narrator a defined presence or character in his own right? I find that readers sometimes latch on to the first character to speak or act and respond as though the story was written in third person limited. Thus, POV shifts read as inappropriate head hopping.
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