Blog 38: The People of Paper

In Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper, the author plays a significant role of interjecting through the text. Her characterizes himself just like many other authors have in Don Quixote, She Lives in a Story and many other texts we’ve read. This theme of interjection displays the authoritative superority within the novel where they can control all the characters actions and destinations. The author has already planned out what will happen to the characters and how they will go about doing these actions. But is this motif overly used? Some may say that there’s too much of authorial interjections through the text which makes it redundant and makes all these novels similar. Does it make the novel more interesting? Sometimes its nice to have the author clear some misunderstanding out, but it takes away from the reader trying to decipher what these misunderstandings are about. This motif doesn’t really help the novel progress, it stops the novel dead in its tracks. The author needs to say something which’s not necessary. What Salvador Plascencia does in his novel is much different than what others have done, he doesn’t play the author in the novel but a character. Saturn is Sal but he’s a character than reigns over the novel. He’s seen as the villian which most authors could be seen as. Saturn controls each of the characters.

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