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rthstewart ([personal profile] rthstewart) wrote 2014-12-09 02:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks for the very interesting fic world!

Thanks so much. If you are so inclined, I'd love to hear how you found my work and what stories you've read. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you are reading and enjoying the stories.

Hmm, the point about Susan not fitting the books. My issue has always been Peter's condemnation that she's not a friend of Narnia -- a really beastly thing to say. The story has set up -- though now paused temporarily -- the roots of Susan's schism with Peter. Peter doesn't believe espionage is appropriate for the Gentle Queen, and especially, after the war to prevent the spread of the Iron Curtain. Peter's uncomfortable with gray and becomes rigid about it. Susan has hopelessly muddled Narnia with espionage and can't speak of it and Peter disapproves of this choice of hers. The others, Polly, Jill and Eustace, well, they don't know the truth at all.

Peter and Susan will ultimately disagree over the use of the rings -- already set up in two offshoots. I think that Peter and Susan have a genuine, fundamental, heartbreaking split along two seams -- whether dodgy acts in service to noble ends is a moral choice and whether acting is a lack of faith in Aslan or not acting makes you the Foolish Faun.

As for their perfection... hmmm. I see them all as pretty flawed, in specific ways. They are more mature, to be sure, but Peter's got a whole host of duty and commitment issues, a bit of latent sexism, and in these things, Mary, for all her irritation, sees him the most clearly. Susan can be very deceptive and passive aggressive. Edmund's emotional maturity has definitely reverted though he's beginnign to make progress where AW has been currently paused. And Lucy, oh never look before you leap, no moderation at all Lucy.

As for the language, yep, I can see how my lack of Brit picking would annoy. I've tried and over the years have gotten better at it but it will never read as British 1940s unfortunately. Thanks so much for coming by.

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