Have you ever noticed how often dogs appear in your favourite stories? We have. In movies and TV shows, there’s an unwritten rule that if you want a character to be liked or loathed, put a dog in their way and see what happens. For better or worse, how they act towards the dog can completely change an audience’s opinion. Think about it for a moment. The HBO show ‘The Sopranos’ was a show with a mob family at the heart of the storyline. Think how you might have felt if the head of the family, Tony Soprano, who undoubtedly did morally reprehensible things and yet was admired – maybe even loved - by fans of the show, had been filmed on screen lashing out a dog on the TV show. BookClub… Why Dogs are Important to Fictional Stories Would people have felt differently about him? We have no doubt they would, based on the unwritten rule of Hollywood’s screenwriters. But considering how often dogs appear in novels we wondered if there was a similar unwritten rule in all forms of storytelling. To satisfy our curiosity, we took the opportunity to ask author Jacqueline Sheehan, whose most recent novel to be released in the UK, ‘A Dog like Lloyd’ features a Labrador with a starring role. ClickHere ToRead TheRestOf ThisArticle