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Well, yes, that's exactly my point! Jane Austen mashups can work; Jane Eyre, no.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2011 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Thanks, Susanne and Katharine. Susanne, I thought I had, or at least I meant to; but it turns out there will be other opportunities. Katharine,clearly I need to use the Preview button occasionally. I hadn't realized I'd blotted Antonietta out. There is a video that includes BWBB but it's too long to post on YouTube & it's hard to download, so we're still figuring out what to do with it.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
MJ, thanks so much. There's no video of Monday night's performance, but our actual cabaret performance may be filmed, and if so I'll share it if it's not too embarrassing.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Yes.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
What a fascinating suggestion--I will look into it, thanks!
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Argh, I meant Stephen, not Steven! So sorry!
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
MJ, one of the (many) things I love about your reincarnation novels is that the "coincidences" both deepen the resonance of each separate incident and seem natural and inevitable. I had not known that about mystery novels, so thanks, MJ and Katharine. And, Steven, that's a fascinating point, of course we are "fate" or "God" when we're writing. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Actually, I should have said that these occurrences DO seem uncanny to me, in that they're weird and not often accessible to rational explanation. But they don't seem unusual, yet if they occur in a book they read as tacky and overwritten.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Jack, yes, you did, and you have a lot to answer for. Katharine, the point is that these coincidences DON'T seem uncanny in life, but they do in literature, and why is that?
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype
Katharine, those are beautiful points and examples. This is not exactly what I meant, though. Of course there are recurring patterns and motifs throughout novels and memoirs. But they're understood to be in the service of the story or theme, not ordinary expectable occurrences. When coincidences like the one I described do show up as simply part of life (not that anything simply shows up in a well written piece, but when they are folded in the way brushing one's teeth would be--significant to the plot for whatever reason, but also ordinary) they seem overwritten. I'm also not talking about characters commenting on the strangeness--my point is just that earlier generations, for example, accepted the hand of God as a valid plot device. Acts of God also served other purposes in a well-written piece, but they were understood to be ordinary parts of life. These coincidences that so many of us seem to experience could serve a similar function, but they don't seem to be woven into narratives as themselves, if that makes sense.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2010 on THE DOCTOR IS IN at Buzz, Balls & Hype