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melders June 30th, 2013 5:00am

Do you like stories with an unreliable protagonist? (Catcher In the Rye, Hotline Miami, Fight Club, etc.)

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yesmaam socal
06/30/13 6:31 pm

It's what makes a story interesting, yet one cannot be sure if the protagonist is exaggerating.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/30/13 1:51 pm

See my comments below. If you don't believe me, look at the "unreliable protagonist" page on Wikipedia. You will see The Catcher In the Rye listed.

06/30/13 4:35 am

Twists are always interesting.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/30/13 7:49 am

The story is written such that you are supposed to question whether he's telling you the whole truth. Like when he asks that girl to run away and get married with him, she keeps telling him to lower his voice, but he tells us he never raised it.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/30/13 7:50 am

And then right after that he repeatedly tells us he wouldn't have run off with her anyway, but how do we know? I bet he would have. This sort of thing is scattered throughout the book. We don't know if we're hearing the truth.

tdaddy Kentucky
06/30/13 6:57 pm

Okay. Good points. I reckon I read "unreliable" as unlikeable, and thought any guy who wants to shield his baby sister from reading f.u.c.k. scrawled on a stairwell wall IS a likable guy. So, I get it. He can be unreliable yet still be likable.