lionel shriver discusses ‘unlikable characters’

I know you all are probably tired of me going on and on about We Need To Talk About Kevin, but I wanted to share this quote. And by the way, the movie is due to make its American premier at the end of January.

Because in real life, people are not always perfectly charming. I try to duplicate in fiction the complex, contradictory, and infuriating people I meet on the other side of my study door…I’m less concerned that you love my characters than that you recognise them. Human beings have rough edges. Authors who write exclusively about ethical, admirable, likeable characters are not writing about real people…Good stories require mistakes. If you want to read about unimpeachable characters, order the annual report from Oxfam.

~~ Lionel Shriver
Perfectly Flawed: In defense of unlikable characters