What Makes You Special
Chapters 21-23 in How to Read Literature Like a Professor all adhere to a general rule--abnormality is symptomatic. And Foster puts it out there very simply, "It has to do with being different, really" (194). Since I have the unfortunate disadvantage of being unfamiliar with nearly all of Foster's (book) references, for my own examples I will turn to movies. As Foster is nodding down the list of limps and deformities, I envisioned movies like The Wizard of Oz, with the bad witch sporting that nasty facial mole, or The Last Unicorn (1982), with the none-to-attractive Mommy Fortuna: those, clearly, ugly on the inside and out sorts of villains. Forgive my PG-13 parallels, but I'm racking my brain to no avail at attempts to find a film or story with more subtle, or better, evidence of Foster's rule. Oh! Wait, in Twilight, Bella is the only person whose thoughts Edward cannot hear; obvious reasons aside, this unintentional mental-block of hers pays off ten-fold in Breaking Dawn, (I'll be vague for anyone who hasn't read it) where it blossoms into a gift of defense. The fact that these--would be apparent--differences were less easy to recount than I imagined, to me clarifies how perfectly they can be overlooked. Like Foster said, "If writers want us--all of us--to notice something, they'd better put it out there where we'll find it" (205).