Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jonathan Franzen Character Outline

I'm reading the Paris Review interview with Jonathan Franzen as we speak. The article opens with a page from Franzen's notes on the Joey character in Freedom. I couldn't help but scan it for y'all. Franzen seems to have used the chart to move along character development in tandem with plot.

I guess I was particularly interested in his mapping of the Joey attributes since many readers viewed Joey as Franzen's crowning achievement in the storyline.


  1. wow. this is a great article. i want to see this movie now.

  2. Well I'm sure you wont have to wait long. They'll probably turn Freedom into a movie asap a la Revolutionary Road. Similar genre no?