Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Decision Made

Okay, the decision is made. If Constant Tower wants to have a religious element or religious parallels...then I'll let it. There's a peace about it. Heck, Carole McDonnell (moi) is a writer of religious novels -- spec-fic, racial, or whatever...that's what my fans will expect.

So, after this Peace Child thing pops up in CT and pondering Don Richardson's Peace Child....then what else can I do?

I guess the best way to explain all this is to get into some C S Lewis quotes:

First, because Psal is not made for his world. This the story becomes either religious or political. A political story attacks a system and thinks if the system changes or if people are educated enough, then all will be well. A religious story says that no matter what the system...people will be fairly creepy and main character wouldn't be happy in the world no matter what politics or system he encountered. Thus, it's above any kind of feminist view of the world-- even though the world in the story is basically ruled by men.

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
— C.S. Lewis

Secondly, there's Psal's deep ability to love. I can't very well show it as a merely erotic or friendly attachment. Psal's too committed to the object of his love for that.

"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained."
— C.S. Lewis

Thirdly, there is the whole impermanence of the world Psal inhabits.
"I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!"
— C.S. Lewis (The Last Battle)

And lastly (there are tons of other reasons in between) there is the plain creative fact that this is where the story wants to go.

So there.

"The value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity."
— C.S. Lewis

An outcast Peace Child is born.

1 comment:

J. M. Butler said...

Yay! Grab that soul. Somehow I can’t imagine a Carole McDonnell book that isn’t quirky and religious and out of the ordinary. You’ll do a great job with it though because I think only then you’re going to be able to grasp that heart and soul when you embrace the religiousness and the oddities that the story provides. You can do it. Now get back to writing. :)

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