Perhaps the romantic entanglements are all but autobiographical too. The fictional part involves a project to create artificial intelligence -- a computer known as Helen that its creators bet can pass a comprehensive English exam. The novel features the penetrating intelligence and subtle wordplay which put Powers ahead of most other writers of his generation, and would undoubtedly impress a newcomer to his work, but a reader familiar with his other books might find the effect a bit precious and wonder whether Powers was temporarily at a loss for ideas.
Engage in highly indulgent self-insertion into story. I've a couple of cantos concerning the adventures of one "Childe Harold". A manly specimen, rather passionate, who journeys to Eastern Albania. Does he sigh a lot, and mope after girls? Does he have a limp, by any chance?
A fictionalized version of an author who appears as a character in the events of the story is often called upon to comment upon the situation, deliver the author's verdict, and possibly break the Fourth Wall in a self-deprecating fashion.
The author character will usually not influence the plot and may be only loosely tied to the goings-on, their appearances being quite random.
The highfalutin literary term for a character designed to express the author's preferred opinions is the raisonneur —here at TV Tropesthe preferred term is Author Avatar. How this "random" character knows the characters and their minor issues is rarely explained within the context of the series.
Very often, it is stated or implied that the avatar is the Narrator. This is typically a holdover from comedic comics, in which the author of a series appears in the show in a self-mocking way.
Sometimes names will be changed to protect the guilty. If the Author Avatar is idealized to a fault, always gets the last word, is always shown to be right and starts correcting the world around them, then let the reader beware: Given the nature of the character, the Author Avatar is often called to deliver an Author Filibuster from time to time.
Often, the avatar will show up on product logos and random artwork within the show. Subtrope of Psychological Projection. When done in works, most often Fan Ficand the avatar becomes a central figure in the story, it becomes a Self-Insert Fic. It should not be confused with Creator Cameo since a cameo may include the creator just being in the background doing nothing or actually playing a character not meant to be them.
An old trope of The Forties and Fifties is the "personal fallacy", the idea that everything in fiction is derived directly from Real Life. Some went as far as to state that any character that even faintly resembled the author had to be an Author Avatar or even a Mary Sue. Needless to say, this was often taken too far: Sayers for a particularly Anvilicious example.
Such characters will often have Author Powers. Compare Muse Abuseto which the Author Avatar is often both victim and perpetrator.The Locomotive Magazine and Railway Carriage and Wagon Review Volume 42 () Key page. Number (15 January ) Diesel engines for rail traction.
Editorial summary of paper presented to the Institute of Transport by C.E. Fairburn and comment thereat by . Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Overstory.
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