I’ve just finished reading the superb Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard – more of a memorial read for his recent passing. A very accessible Ballard novel, dissecting the psychologies of the residents of a Spanish holiday resort and again going in-depth at how surroundings shape us. But I couldn’t help notice that one of the minor characters reminded me of another one of Ballard’s from The Drowned World. Something about the dialogue, the attitude, the mannerism, if not his actions.
And it’s something I’ve noticed, now and then, and a fact that isn’t a problem, more of a curiousity: do writers recycle, subconsciously, the same characters throughout their writing history?