Jo Walton a postat discursul de la Wiscon, intitulat „Characters, Complicity and Caring” şi care începe aşa:
I’ve been thinking recently about the way readers come to be in sympathy with characters in a story. This is something that isn’t talked about much, and when it is it seems to be in terms of how to manipulate the reader. Indeed, I stopped reading Orson Scott Card for a different reason than the reason everyone else stopped reading him — long ago he said in a book on how to write that you get reader sympathy by taking a sympathetic character, preferably a child, and doing something terrible to them, like for instance torturing them. Once I knew he was doing this on purpose it was like “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”, I couldn’t enjoy reading because I felt manipulated. Also, torturing children? Really? That’s the only way to make me care? I don’t think so.
Discursul este absolut superb şi este unul dintre acele articole pe care îţi vine să le salvezi şi să le reciteşti zilnic; şi nu am putut să nu observ că Walton este de părere (la fel ca şi mine în recenzie şi apoi în comentarii) că personajele din The Sparrow nu acţionează şi nu gândesc ca nişte oameni reali).