Briana G. Traverson
June 12, 2011
Living in the Story of a Creator
In this quote we have a discussion about an actor being different from a character. We are proposed with the question, what makes a character and actor and vise versa. Though it can be a very confusing concept we can look closely at it through the words of Guerillermo;
“In one way or another actors live in a text. They live the part they were given to play and they also live the text; they do not embody anyone at all. In the theater they live in literature for a brief moment. In motion pictures, some of their moments endure with a tendency toward the infinite. Dramatics have written plays in an attempt to approach the ancient dream of the fiction writer: that human beings live in their texts. Thus, artistic creation transcends the imaginary level in order to achieve reality. In regard to my own concept, the movement is reversed; that is, reality moves toward the imaginary.” (Samperio 73)
After reading this quote I got the idea that characters are fiction versions of real people. As well as when creating a character, the character you come up with subconsciously comes from someone you know. Characters also live in the world their writers create for them. It may be helpful to think about the game “The Sims” when creating different peoples actions and emotions. It is also clear to me that reality is closer to imaginary then imaginary being closer to reality. I think we see the world the way we want to, whether it has to do with our imagination or not. Reality is something people usually skip over because fantasy is always more enduring. A writer also decides a characters destiny. What will happen to the character? How will their story end up?
In She lived in a Story, Ofelia (the made up woman in the story) talks about her creator writing her destiny. It can be even simpler then destiny. He writes how she is writing what she is writing. In the story Guerillermo writes;
“I write that he writes a story that I live in.” (Samperio 62)
Ofelia writes about the writer of her story. She tells the story of her creator. She is living in what she’s writing. Kind of like writing the life of the writer through a made up character. It also separates characters from real people. Ofelia may not really be writing because she isn’t a real person. Therefore Guillermo is really the only writer.
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