Monday, July 19, 2010

Do Not Believe What I Say

Even though I want you to.

I want you on my side.

But I'll say things that aren't true.

I'll do things I otherwise wouldn't do.

Because the alternative hurts.

Because I need an escape.

Because I want respect.

I want to be heard.

I want to matter.

You might see my flaws.

But you'll look past them.

You'll know it's self-preservation or nothing.

You'll know the reason.

Do not believe what I say.

But want to.

And accept me anyway.


"Who you were in Fight Club was not who you were in the rest of the world." (Fight Club)


This is what I've gathered from a little study on unreliable narrators. It's tricky, creating a somewhat believable but also doubtful character who says and does terrible things, but who we love regardless.

What I used: Fight Club, Shutter Island, Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, Inexcusable. All male. Hmmm...

Can anyone think of a book/movie where the unreliable narrator is female?


Ken said...

Maybe Meryl Streep as "Franchesca" in "The Bridges of Madison County." Not actually narrated but the story as told by her. I'm not sure that's what you were asking of us.

Angela said...

Katniss from "Hunger Games," the main character in "The Wedding Date," -- I think there are a lot.