The Great Eastern Q1: Re-incarnation
In his review of this book in the Los Angeles Review of Book, Brian Evenson reflects that
"One remarkable thing about books is the way they start all over again, freshly renewed, each time we reread them. The character that dies in the final pages springs back to life again to spool through the same rituals of action and emotion in a way that the reader can still somehow find satisfying. A character in a book is never truly dead — as long as someone can turn back to the beginning, that character’s life is not even past."
In this book, the characters are not simply re-born in their old roles, but re-incarnated into new stories that their authors never imagined. Is this a worthwhile exercise? Do you want to read new stories about classic literary characters? What, if anything, separates this from 'fan fiction'?