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Narrators quotes by Jennifer Egan
#1. If you read novels of the 19th century, they're pretty experimental. They take lots of chances; they seem to break a lot of rules. You've got omniscient narrators lecturing at times to the reader in first person. If you go back to the earliest novels, this is happening to a wild extent, like 'Tristram Shandy' or 'Don Quixote'. #Quote by Jennifer Egan
Narrators quotes by Marjorie Perloff
#2. (About "Black Debt" by Steve McCaffery)

'Impersonal' as this text is, it is by no means unemotional or uninvolved. We learn nothing-- at least nothing direct-- about McCaffery's (or his narrator's) personal life, his opinions or ruminations. Nonetheless I would posit that 'Lag' projects a highly particularized way of looking at things, of processing the most diversified information fields-- geology and genetics, archeology and advertising, classics and commercials-- that is finally recognizable in its particular ways of negotiating with language as is the more personal lyric consciousness we expect to find in poetry. #Quote by Marjorie Perloff
Narrators quotes by Lee Smith
#3. Is any story not always the narrator's story, in the end? #Quote by Lee Smith
Narrators quotes by Jeff Mariotte
#4. The truth of the matter is that for all the drive-in movie references, what Weston Ochse has really created in Multiplex Fandango is a travelogue. Acting as narrator and guide, Weston takes you on a trip to places familiar and obscure-New Orleans, the Sonoran desert, Mexico's Pacific coast, and the dark, impenetrable reaches of the soul. He shows off sights that chill the blood, and as with any good trip, the things seen and experienced along the way will stay with you for a lifetime. #Quote by Jeff Mariotte
Narrators quotes by Andrew Solomon
#5. Philip Galanes has fashioned a novel both bleak and funny about a young man's struggle to sort out his troubled love: the too-strong love for his mother, the too-weak love for his suicidal father, and the all-consuming love of anonymous sexual encounters. Pointed and acute, this story tells of the narrator's many betrayals of others and their many betrayals of him. It exists in an uncomfortable moral space where the humor of terrible things sometimes outweighs, but never obscures, their poignancy. #Quote by Andrew Solomon
Narrators quotes by Will Schwalbe
#6. In Gilead, the narrator's friend's son describes himself not as an atheist but in "state of categorical unbelief." He says, "I don't even believe God doesn't exist, if you see what I mean." I pointed this passage out to Mom and said it closely matched my own views
I just didn't think about religion. #Quote by Will Schwalbe
Narrators quotes by Gabrielle Zevin
#7. I do not like postmodernism, postapocalyptic settings, postmortem narrators, or magic realism. I rarely respond to supposedly clever formal devices, multiple fonts, pictures where they shouldn't be - basically, gimmicks of any kind. I find literary fiction about the Holocaust or any other major world tragedy to be distasteful - nonfiction only, please. I do not like genre mash-ups à la the literary detective novel or the literary fantasy. Literary should be literary, and genre should be genre, and crossbreeding rarely results in anything satisfying. I do not like children's books, especially ones with orphans, and I prefer not to clutter my shelves with young adult. I do not like anything over four hundred pages or under one hundred fifty pages. I am repulsed by ghostwritten novels by reality television stars, celebrity picture books, sports memoirs, movie tie-in editions, novelty items, and - I imagine this goes without saying - vampires. #Quote by Gabrielle Zevin
Narrators quotes by Virginia Woolf
#8. For though I have no wish to be Queen of England - or only for a moment - I would willingly sit beside her; I would hear the Prime Minister's gossips; the countess whisper, and share her memories of halls and gardens; the massive fronts of the respectable conceal after all their secret code; or why so impermeable? And then, doffing one's own headpiece, how strange to assume for a moment someone's - anyone's - to be a man of valour who has ruled the Empire; to refer while Brangaena sings to the fragments of Sophocles, or see in a flash, as the shepherd pipes his tune, bridges and aqueducts. But no - we must choose. Never was there a harsher necessity! or one which entails greater pain; more certain disaster; for wherever I seat myself, I die in exile: Whittaker in his lodging-house; Lady Charles at the manor #Quote by Virginia Woolf
Narrators quotes by Molly Crabapple
#9. I can't reasonably pretend to be a transparent and omniscient narrator who brings no personal perspective. That person doesn't exist. #Quote by Molly Crabapple
Narrators quotes by Norman Lock
#10. I very much like the idea of the unreliable narrator. Shaping my fictions as monologues - by introducing the "I" - allows me to be as unreliable as I like. #Quote by Norman Lock
Narrators quotes by Jen Campbell
#11. CUSTOMER: I'd like to buy this audiobook.
BOOKSELLER: Great.
CUSTOMER: Only, I don't really like this narrator.
BOOKSELLER: Oh.
CUSTOMER: Do you have a selection of narrators to choose from? Ideally, I'd like Benedict Cumberbatch #Quote by Jen Campbell
Narrators quotes by Elinor Lipman
#12. My narrators tend to be women with low self-esteem, so I can send them to charm school. #Quote by Elinor Lipman
Narrators quotes by Michael Lowenthal
#13. As sneakily addictive as a game of Pong (which was named, we're told, after the narrator's dad), this zany zip-line of a novel takes the piss out of the Asian-American 'good immigrant' story. Full of charming antiheroes making comically bad choices, the story dazzles us with its absurdity, which makes its eventual wisdom--about lineage, ethnicity, and the meaning of family--all the more wonderfully surprising. #Quote by Michael Lowenthal
Narrators quotes by Douglas Coupland
#14. Six silent people in a room got me to thinking about the voice we hear in our heads when we read, the universal narrator's voice you may well be hearing right now. Whose voice *is* it you're hearing? It's not your own, is it? I didn't think so. It never is. So I posed the question out loud ... "
" ... When you read a book, whose voice is it you hear inside your head?"
"It's certainly not my own", said Harj, and the others chimed in with the same claim.
"Then whose it? #Quote by Douglas Coupland
Narrators quotes by Cynthia Hand
#15. (We are merely narrators, and would hate to make assumptions as to what the reader would find tragic.) #Quote by Cynthia Hand
Narrators quotes by Chuck Palahniuk
#16. My first four books, from 'Fight Club' to 'Choke,' dealt with personal identity issues. The crises the narrators found themselves in were generated by themselves. #Quote by Chuck Palahniuk
Narrators quotes by Ann Beattie
#17. Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman. #Quote by Ann Beattie
Narrators quotes by Richard Kearney
#18. Narrative is an open-ended invitation to ethical and poetical responsiveness. Storytelling invites us to become not just agents of our own lives, but narrators and readers as well. It shows us that the untold life is not worth living.
There will always be someone there to say, 'tell me a story', and someone there to respond. Were this not so, we would no longer be fully human. #Quote by Richard Kearney
Narrators quotes by Catherynne M Valente
#19. September could see it. She did not know what is was she saw. That is the disadvantage of being a heroine, rather than a narrator. She knew only that a red light glowed and went dark, glowed and went dark. #Quote by Catherynne M Valente
Narrators quotes by Roy Kesey
#20. Very often, or perhaps more often, and even in very good collections - even in some of the best collections ever written, I would argue - it's because our "voicier" writers hew so closely to one given set of dictional tics that we as readers can't read the books all the way through in a single sitting, because if we did, the stories and their narrators would all start to bleed together. #Quote by Roy Kesey
Narrators quotes by Kristian Bush
#21. My biggest lesson ... was to try and create narrators that were believable ... so the listener becomes really invested in the story or the song. #Quote by Kristian Bush
Narrators quotes by Neal Stephenson
#22. We see everything from the narrator's point of view, so exposition about the world is limited to what impinges directly on him and the story he's telling. Considering how old the world is, we learn very little about its history, which I think is a good thing. #Quote by Neal Stephenson
Narrators quotes by Philip Pullman
#23. I write almost always in the third person, and I don't think the narrator is male or female anyway. They're both, and young and old, and wise and silly, and sceptical and credulous, and innocent and experienced, all at once. Narrators are not even human - they're sprites. #Quote by Philip Pullman
Narrators quotes by Catherynne M Valente
#24. Narrators may go where they please. #Quote by Catherynne M Valente
Narrators quotes by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
#25. But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands. #Quote by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Narrators quotes by Iain M. Banks
#26. Apparently I am what is known as an Unreliable Narrator, though of course if you believe everything you're told you deserve whatever you get. #Quote by Iain M. Banks
Narrators quotes by Rob Roberge
#27. I think every narrator is an unreliable narrator. In its classic definition - an unreliable narrator is one who reveals something they don't know themselves to be revealing. We all do that. #Quote by Rob Roberge
Narrators quotes by Chris Van Allsburg
#28. The Polar Express was the easiest of my picture book manuscripts to write ... Once I realized the train was going to the North Pole, finding the story seemed less like a creative effort than an act of recollection. I felt, like the storys narrator, that I was remembering something, not making it up. #Quote by Chris Van Allsburg
Narrators quotes by Stephen Dunn
#29. Too many poets are insufficiently interested in story. Their poems could be improved if they gave in more to the strictures of fiction: the establishment of a clear dramatic situation, and a greater awareness that first-person narrators are also characters and must be treated as such by their authors. The true lyric poet, of course, is exempt from this. But many poets wrongly think they are lyric poets. #Quote by Stephen Dunn
Narrators quotes by Anonymous
#30. Narrators can make or break your audiobook experience. Make sure your read first. always remember who's voice you can stand and try to stick to these people other wise your will end up hating the book. 50shades worst narrator ever. wined the whole book. enjoyed it much more in my head #Quote by Anonymous
Narrators quotes by S.E. Hinton
#31. I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him. #Quote by S.E. Hinton
Narrators quotes by Barbara Browning
#32. I noticed that a woman on Goodreads said something like, "I was reading along in the beginning thinking, okay, a woman wrote this, there's her picture, she's a white lady, the narrator's a white lady. And then suddenly she says something and you realize she's a he. And then a few pages later you realize he's 'brown.' I think the author could have been a little more up front about this." :) It made me happy because in fact I thought everybody would pick the book up, read the back cover, and know they were dealing with a woman writer speaking through a male narrator. Which is a drag, actually, because if you didn't know the author was a woman, you'd probably assume that an unmarked first-person narrator was a man, but if you knew she was a woman you'd assume her narrator was too. And if you didn't know the race of the author, you'd probably assume the narrator was white. That's pretty insidious, of course - it's the way sexism and racism work. I'm not saying this woman on Goodreads was racist or sexist, I'm saying the fact that we make these assumptions signals that we live in a world that presumes that an unmarked voice is white and male, and that women and people of color will generally be writing from a limited perspective. I guess that's obvious. But what I was saying about this comment was that it made me realize something else about ebooks - because I can only assume she read it as an ebook if she didn't get the back jacket copy that explains who's narrating. I love books #Quote by Barbara Browning
Narrators quotes by James Lee Burke
#33. Using a first-person narrator is simply a matter of hearing the voice inside yourself. #Quote by James Lee Burke
Narrators quotes by Deborah Smith
#34. But there's also a strong emotional core to counterbalance the experimentalism, with some incredibly moving passages around the narrator's relationship with her (also female) German teacher. It's beautiful. #Quote by Deborah Smith
Narrators quotes by Caroline Knapp
#35. By definition, memoir demands a certain degree of introspection and self-disclosure: In order to fully engage a reader, the narrator has to make herself known, has to allow her own self-awareness to inform the events she describes. #Quote by Caroline Knapp
Narrators quotes by Simon Schama
#36. In the end, history, especially British history with its succession of thrilling illuminations, should be, as all her most accomplished narrators have promised, not just instruction but pleasure. #Quote by Simon Schama
Narrators quotes by Rick Moody
#37. I think first-person narrators should be complex, because otherwise the first-person is too shallow and predictable. I like a first-person narrator who can't totally be trusted. #Quote by Rick Moody
Narrators quotes by Catherynne M Valente
#38. Do you remember being born? Only a few can say they do and not be caught immediately in the lie, and most of them are wizards. I, of course, remember it perfectly. Certain benefits are granted to narrators as part of the hiring package, to compensate for our irregular hours and unsafe working conditions. #Quote by Catherynne M Valente
Narrators quotes by Margaret Atwood
#39. If you feel that there's the author and then the character, then the book is not working. People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can't, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else you'd be a very strange person indeed. #Quote by Margaret Atwood
Narrators quotes by Helen DeWitt
#40. Well, there's good fiction. There are wonderful books, and yes, it's good to read them. Maybe if you've read a lot of fiction, you reach this stage of satiation, and you start thinking well, what's the point, but then you talk to people who've read barely any, and you realize that things you take for granted if you've read a lot of fiction - unreliable narrators, how language frames your perception of people - things that seem obvious to the point of banality, except they're not to people who aren't in the habit of reading fiction. #Quote by Helen DeWitt
Narrators quotes by D.T. Max
#41. As a writer I'm not an explainer, really. I'm a narrator. I mistrust explanation. #Quote by D.T. Max
Narrators quotes by David Attenborough
#42. It is vital that there is a narrator figure whom people believe. That's why I never do commercials. If I started saying that margarine was the same as motherhood, people would think I was a liar. #Quote by David Attenborough
Narrators quotes by Margaret Atwood
#43. You could tell 'The Handmaid's Tale' from a male point of view. People have mistakenly felt that the women are oppressed, but power tends to organise itself in a pyramid. I could pick a male narrator from somewhere in that pyramid. It would interesting. #Quote by Margaret Atwood
Narrators quotes by Ann Goldstein
#44. One naturally identifies to some extent with an "I" female narrator going through something that you recognize whether you've gone through it or not. #Quote by Ann Goldstein
Narrators quotes by Tom Barbash
#45. I think narrators expect a high level of intimacy with their readers, and vice versa. #Quote by Tom Barbash
Narrators quotes by Jack D. Zipes
#46. Since these wonder tales have been with us for thousands of years and have undergone so many different changes in the oral tradition, it is difficult to determine the ideological intention of the narrator, and when we disregard the narrator's intention, it is often difficult to reconstruct (and/or deconstruct) the ideological meaning of a tale. In the last analysis, even if we cannot establish whether a wonder tale is ideologically conservative, sexist, progressive, emancipatory, etc., it is the celebration of wonder that constitutes its major appeal. No matter what the plot may be, this type of tale calls forth our capacity as readers and potential transmitters of its signs and meanings to wonder. We do not want to know the exact resolution, the "happily ever after," of a tale - that is, what it is actually like. We do not want to name God, gods, goddesses, or fairies, who will forever remain mysterious and omnipotent. We do not want to form graven images. We do not want utopia designated for us. We want to remain curious, startled, provoked, mystified, and uplifted. We want to glare, gaze, gawk, behold, and stare. We want to be given opportunities to change, and ultimately we want to be told that we can become kings and queens, or lords of our own destinies. We remember wonder tales and fairy tales to keep our sense of wonderment alive and to nurture our hope that we can seize possibilities and opportunities to transform ourselves and our worlds. #Quote by Jack D. Zipes
Narrators quotes by Raina Telgemeier
#47. All of the narration in 'Smile' is first-person. Most of the books that I grew up reading had first-person narrators for some reason. My diaries were written in this voice, and since this story is autobiographical, it just felt like a natural extension. #Quote by Raina Telgemeier
Narrators quotes by Michael Robotham
#48. I normally write in the first person, and my narrators are as real to me as any of the people I have worked with. They live and breathe in my imagination. #Quote by Michael Robotham
Narrators quotes by Charles Stross
#49. I have no policy, for or against: only a personal style. Which is to say, I use them when I think it's appropriate to; for example, an internal monologue by a locquacious and verbose narrator is more likely to be larded with adverbs than an exchange of instant messages between cops at a crime scene. #Quote by Charles Stross
Narrators quotes by Andrea Seigel
#50. I'm definitely very interested in doing female narrators that aren't typically feminine or emotional or soft - especially teenage girls - because I have such a hard time relating to so many of them that I read. They feel psychologically cuter to me than I ever was. #Quote by Andrea Seigel
Narrators quotes by Clive Barker
#51. Nothing ever begins.
There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any story springs.
The threads can always be traced back to some earlier tale, and the tales that preceded that; though as the narrator's voice recedes the connections will seem to grow more tenuous, for each age will want the tale told as if it were of its own making. #Quote by Clive Barker
Narrators quotes by Lydia Davis
#52. I see people sometimes who remind me of my narrators. #Quote by Lydia Davis
Narrators quotes by Cynthia Hand
#53. They collapsed into each other, and although it would be indelicate to detail what happened next, these narrators will tell you that a "very special hug" does not begin to describe it. P.S. They totally consummated. #Quote by Cynthia Hand
Narrators quotes by Werner Herzog
#54. I am somebody who creates images, with my perspectives, fascinations and my instincts as a narrator. You have to activate the audience's imagination. If you are just giving them scientific results, they would forget the film in five minutes flat. #Quote by Werner Herzog
Narrators quotes by Patricia Lim Pui Huen
#55. Only on rare occasions was the calendar the basis of the chronology. More often than not, the narrator's sense of time is based on an internal time clock in which age and important milestones in their lives were the most common measures. #Quote by Patricia Lim Pui Huen
Narrators quotes by Jonathan Tropper
#56. You can do everything differently in a novel. Hero narrates the novel; we're in his head. You're hearing all his thought processes and you're hearing him call himself out on his bad behavior. You don't have the benefit of that narrator in a movie. What you see a character do, very often, becomes that much more important because you don't have him editorializing it for you. #Quote by Jonathan Tropper
Narrators quotes by Constance Hale
#57. In writing, the connection between storyteller and audience is just as important. By using some subtle devices, a narrator can reach out to the reader and say, 'We're in this together.' #Quote by Constance Hale
Narrators quotes by Janice Pariat
#58. Stories are told at festive, joyful gatherings, but the ones narrated at funerals are special because they reaffirm existence, of the listeners and the narrators. They are times of remembrance that haul the past into the present, and keep people alive even when they're gone. #Quote by Janice Pariat
Narrators quotes by Cynthia Hand
#59. Now, we, as narrators, feel the need to inform you, dear reader, that we do not know how Edward always managed to thwart kisses. All we do know is that it was a gift he demonstrated throughout his life, most notably when his third cousin the Lady Dalrymple of Cheshire was about to kiss her new husband over their wedding altar, just after the priest pronounced them man and wife, and Edward stepped forward from his place of honor by the priest and said, "I hate to interrupt, but I thought now would be an excellent time to remind the wedding party not to throw rice, on account of the fact that birds, even kestrels, can choke on it. #Quote by Cynthia Hand
Narrators quotes by Charles Palliser
#60. I think every first-person narrator in a novel should be compromised. I prefer that word to 'unreliable.' #Quote by Charles Palliser
Narrators quotes by Asif Kapadia
#61. I don't normally make documentaries. I'm a drama director. I've made a few short docs, but I don't like talking heads or 'voice of God' narrators. #Quote by Asif Kapadia
Narrators quotes by Victoria Connelly
#62. I wonder what it is about a certain novel that ticks the boxes for a reader. I mean, for me, a story can have the most fascinating plot in the world, but if the narrator's voice is dull, then the plot counts for nothing. For me, authorial charm is everything. #Quote by Victoria Connelly
Narrators quotes by Anne Rice
#63. First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success. #Quote by Anne Rice
Narrators quotes by Manuel Puig
#64. Hitchcock makes it very clear to us. There's an objective and a subjective camera, like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature. #Quote by Manuel Puig
Narrators quotes by David Foster Wallace
#65. What's precious about somebody like Bill Vollmann is that, even though there's a great deal of formal innovation in his fictions, it rarely seems to exist for just its own sake. It's almost always deployed to make some point (Vollmann's the most editorial young novelist going right now, and he's great at using formal ingenuity to make the editorializing a component of his narrative instead of an interruption) or to create an effect that's internal to the text. His narrator's always weirdly effaced, the writing unself-conscious, despite all the "By-the-way-Dear-reader" intrusions. In a way it's sad that Vollmann's integrity is so remarkable. Its remarkability means it's rare #Quote by David Foster Wallace
Narrators quotes by Bret Easton Ellis
#66. I really believe that readers are smart and sophisticated enough to realize that the author is not the narrator of his novels. #Quote by Bret Easton Ellis
Narrators quotes by Sara Zarr
#67. When the reader and one narrator know something the other narrator does not, the opportunities for suspense and plot development and the shifting of reader sympathies get really interesting. #Quote by Sara Zarr
Narrators quotes by Neal Stephenson
#68. So a lot of what you see in the Baroque Cycle is me wanting to be one of those guys. In the case of Anathem, I needed something that was more formal, less flashy, as if it had been translated from the classical language of another planet, but enlivened with slang terms that a teenage narrator would enjoy throwing around. #Quote by Neal Stephenson
Narrators quotes by Henry David Thoreau
#69. We commonly do not remember that it is ... always the first person that is speaking. #Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Narrators quotes by Chris Bohjalian
#70. What is most important to me is that my narrator's voice is believable, and that, though it is clearly an absolute fiction, it has the emotional resonance of memoir. #Quote by Chris Bohjalian
Narrators quotes by Sergio Chejfec
#71. Nostalgia for people, cultures, everything. There's an ability to use these marks to note things that are erased, deleted. Traces are a species of history, of evidence. It's a way for the way the narrator to construct a semblance of self, even though all of this creates a deception, a way to think of one's traces as a real way to define oneself. The trace is fallible, impermanent. It's one of the motives I had in mind throughout the text. #Quote by Sergio Chejfec
Narrators quotes by John Darnielle
#72. For years, I've written narrators who aren't gender-identified. When I do autobiographical stuff, that's different, obviously. But I've always tried to keep my songs as potentially not a man's thing. #Quote by John Darnielle
Narrators quotes by Guy Maddin
#73. I just respect audiences to understand that that's what goes on in movies. I just try to make movies that respect the intelligence of the audience. Respect that they understand that the narrator is always unreliable and respect that they understand that the medium can do whatever it wants. #Quote by Guy Maddin
Narrators quotes by Rick Riordan
#74. WARNING:
The following is a transcript of a digital recording. In certain places, the audio quality was poor, so some words and phrases represent the author's best guesses. Where possible, illustrations of important symbols mentioned in the recording have been added. Background noises such as scuffling, hitting, and cursing by the two speakers have not been transcribed The author makes no claims for the authenticity of the recording. It seems impossible that the two young narrators are telling the truth, but you, the reader, must decide for yourself. #Quote by Rick Riordan

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