Aprilynne Pike (maprilynne) wrote in debut2009,
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I Didn't Write That!

My BA is in Creative Writing, so you can imagine I studied a lot of fiction. A lot of fiction. Much of the fiction I studied fell into the category of classic--which basically means that the author is dead and you can claim that their writing meant anything you wanted it to. Case-in-point, I did my senior research project on the themes you can draw from the male characters in Kate Chopin's story. Well, we all know Kate Chopin was one of the first major feminist authors, I guarantee some of the conclusions I drew and the parallels I highlighted were not the ones she intended. But hey, she was dead and couldn't argue.:)

However, this sort of thing is really not limited to the dead. Don't we draw obvious and non-obvious conclusions from the books we read? Sure, maybe the author intended to put that bit of deep philosophy in there, but maybe it's just something we are seeing as a reader. So, what about your book? It there some kind of theme you are seeing float to the surface that you never intended to be there? How about a theme you did mean to put there that you hope readers will see?

In my book there is a rather prominent theme of human development and puberty and what it means on an emotional level. It's really in there a little heavy and I honestly didn't mean for it to be. There are just too many natural parallels with my faerie mythos. With this particular one, I hope readers don't see it too much, because I think that with a particularly philosophical reader, it could be a little intrusive. Along that line, however, I do hope that readers catch the male side of of the faerie vs. human sexuality. It's a little subtle, but it's there.;)

The stuff I did mean to put in there that I hope readers do see, is a very careful lattice of groundwork for the next three books. I would love this series to be the kind of series where you get done with all the books, and then you re-read them, (don't you adore the idea of someone re-reading your book!) you almost have to laugh because you see all the little clues that were laid starting all the way from book one. That, I think, is my ultimate reader-response fantasy.

How about you?
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