Memorable Quotes From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Guardian Webchat
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie finally had the webchat session with fans on Guardian UK.
The acclaimed writer responded to various questions ranging from her works of fiction, to her famous TED/TEDx talks. Adichie also had insightful responses to questions on feminism, Michelle Obama’s hair and the idea of holding characters to the same moral high ground as we would in real life.
She also gave a thoughtful response to a fan who has self-doubts about his writing.
“Self doubt is part of the creative process. I hate to have it but I also realise it is part of the process,” Adichie said, adding, “Otherwise you become complacent, which is cancerous for creativity. I generally write the kind of books that I like to read.”
Here are our favourite quotes from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s responses on the Guardian UK webchat with fans:
On writing from a ‘gender-neutral point of view’, she said:
On if she will ever write an ‘over-arching book’, she said:
On how she feels about being a writer and making a living writing, she said:
On if she has any ‘feminist theory’ blueprint she uses in shaping her female characters:
On if she had any contacts that helped get her a book deal, she said:
On if she is a confident writer or one who doubts the strength of her written works, she said:
To a 50-year-old white male who wants to write a story about a Bengali girl but feels the task is insurmountable, she said:
And to this fan who felt her response to the 50-year-old white male hungering to write about a ‘disadvantaged Bengali girl’ was very ‘short-sighted’, she said:
On which Achebe novel is her favourite, she said:
On if it is important to hold characters to the same ‘moral high ground as people in real life’, she said:
On being a mum, she said:
To folks who fight for the equality of the sexes but do not want to be called feminists because they feel the movement is ‘too tainted’, she said:
You can see the complete webchat here.
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