nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (the fox confessor)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 03:37am on 14/08/2009
Oh wow -- this is a really important element that I hadn't consciously cued into before, but you are so very, very right.
fourandtwenty: texture collage over the shape of a blackbird (Default)
posted by [personal profile] fourandtwenty at 03:43am on 14/08/2009
*FLAILS* I AM SO GLAD I EXPLAINED IT RIGHT. Sorry, it's just... people will have their different elements that are important, and that, to me, is the essence of what makes it different from other genres. Yes, life always goes on, but it's usually going on somewhere distant from the characters involved in the action. It doesn't affect them, they don't need to be involved in it. But to me, the post-apocalyptic Americana is where everybody's just LIVING, and then sometimes they have to save the world or their little tribe of survivors or whatever. But they still have to do the laundry and cook supper and bring in the crops or whatever. Life goes on and that doesn't change just because they've got this epic thing to do. Or even some not-so-epic thing.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (little boxes)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 03:45am on 14/08/2009
Lady, you kind of nailed it on the head. I think my quintessential short story would almost be interchangeable with an Iron & Wine song.
fourandtwenty: texture collage over the shape of a blackbird (Default)
posted by [personal profile] fourandtwenty at 03:52am on 14/08/2009
XD Aubrey says she's amused by how you're both writing it and haven't actually figured out how it worked, at least consciously, and I'm just like "but... but THIS".

Of course, to be fair, I'd never at all tried to put it into words before just now. XD I just had this FEELING. I knew what it was, it was just a bitch to try to explain. And when I tried to say it out loud to Aub before writing up the comment, she just sort of went "....okaaaaaaaay."

But that is it, now that I think about it. That "life goes on, whether you're a hero or not" sense, permeating the story. Laundry, dishes, bathtime, marriage, babies. Because you get stuff like that in chicklit. But that's not what this is. This is something totally different, with those things in a completely different context. Life goes on.

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