Friday, June 04, 2010

Rossamünd Married?! ... or, Questions Answer'd #120302

Actually I have no idea what number of "question answering" this is, but, you know, just having fun...

Alyosha asked a little while back why there seem to be few/no married folks in the MBTs, and I have to admit myself a tad perplexed by this. I too have realised such a (Freudian?) anomaly, and can only think that it is for the same adolescent reason that many spec fic novels deal mostly with the filially/conjugally unattached - it is simpler; no ties, no needed to refer back home to sooth anxious loved ones, just freedom to go and do and be as the adventure proceeds. Having said, I have quite pointedly had Rossamünd writing and "keeping in touch" with Verline, and refer in his thoughts to her and Frans and Pin, have tried (after committing the cliche of all cliches by making him an orphan) to give him filial connections that require tending - for I see Verline and the two one-time foundlingery masters as an ersatz family to our little adventurer.

... Maybe the non-married thing is a product of my own un-married state at the time of beginning MBT (a state happily reversed at this present time!), or the desire that I think many men of Western culture possess/have inherited: to do their growing on their own - but that is a whole can-o'-worms [TM] that I do not want to open here...

After all this, I am hoping/endeavouring to have a main character (yes, at least 1!) who is attached in the matrimonial way, though whether said attachment comes along for the ride is another matter. Anyone have thoughts on this?

An Annony Mouse was wondering: "Will the movie be filmed in Australia?"

To that my answer is unfortunately at this stage brief - I do not know. You all will be among the earliest to know when I do (my wife, close friends etc will probably get to know first, but after that it will be you.... at least that is my intent!)

chana was wondering: "How old is Rossamünd?It's been bugging me incessantly for quite a while now. Since Threnody must be at least fourteen, that would mean Rossamünd would be twelve/thirteen years old? It makes it just a little hard to relate to him."

Well, I have always found the "fact" of his age a slippery one, but for me it floats around 12ish - remembering of course, that he is small for his age. It is a bit odd I suppose that I should be a little hazy on his years, but the fact of his own "entry" into the world are hazy themselves. I hope this makes him a tad easier to know...

Oh, and me, as to that "something more to the olfactory presence of MBT books", is is I who make that happen, sitting in my lounge room with a crate of bottles of specially made book-cologne spraying every page - it is why you have to wait so long for them to come out; I actually finished writing the MBTs years ago, it is the spraying of this literary perfume that takes the time *looks sadly at tired cologne-spraying finger*.

15 comments:

me said...

I knew there was a reason MBT books smelt different (even without a biologue).

Jtoasn said...

Aha! So I'm not the only one that smells book pages. Tsk.. I'm not weird.

Anna said...

So this cologne...is it possible that it´s the kind that makes whoever who reads the book very dependant on it, like a drug? So devious! Ol´Mac again.

Wolf Blood said...

I feel sorry for your finger, Mr. Cornish. It must have a hard time; first writing, then spraying.

Oh, I think you should check this out:


http://unofficialmbt.yuku.com/topic/409?page=1

Kame said...

I enjoyed that answer about the pages.

it's not purely a male thing, though. I always prefer to grow on my own, as do my characters (usually), and I'm not a man. I think I can count the number of married characters on my own fingers.

I think it would be interesting if the attachment was along for the ride because you can have a lot of fun with how that relationship works on adventures. But it could also be interesting if the attachment holds down the fort somewhere else, I suppose.

I always felt that Rossamünd was 12, which I liked because I remember being that age very well. But I really liked the ambiguity with his age as well. Sometimes it's more fun not to have concrete answers.

portals said...

there needs to be some sort of 'MBT Wikipedia Article Cleanup Day'...

Alyosha said...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply concerning married folk in MBT. My daughter - the same one who suggested "verger" for engineers, and who happened to be home and reading over my shoulder when I visited your blog - laughed out loud at your "cliche of all cliches" comment. But don't worry; the world you have created is so amazingly unique, that a cliche like having an orphan hero is hardly noticed. But speaking of my daughter reminds me of another question - silly enough not to be a plot spoiler, but near and dear to my engineer's heart: are there any "vergers" in this third book, or will they (if ever) appear in some later story?

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monday said...

You need not work too hard on creating a main character who is bound by the webs of matrimony, mr Cornish; all you have to do is write more about Sebastipole, because in fact he is married to ME. heh.

book-cologne? oh, the things you do for us..

noelle said...

Hmmm marriage is a tricky thing to pull off in books, isn't it? Marriage always seems to be something that happens at very the END of a book, and we never really get to see how said union turns out. That, or the character's family is in danger of being brutally murdered so that the character can go on a revenge-rampage. Happily married adventure heroes is not something you regularly see.

But fear not! I have faith that you can pull it off!

Still waiting for book 3...waiting...waiting...

Andrew said...

i am not so sure of Rossamund getting married. Like in The final Harry Potter books where they skip into teh future and talk about him and all of his children with Ginny, it was both confusing and unsatisfying, another option is Rossamund being adopted by Europe. Beneath her Lahzarishness she actually seems quite motherly to Rossamund

Wolf Blood said...

I hope none of you mind me posting twice in one blog entry, but I have made a MBT fansite.

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Note that the "N" is missing in "monster". It is because (1.) I misspelled it and (2.)the correct spelling was already taken by a Role-Playing site that is not connected to us (that I know of).

Hope you like it anyway. :)

Ben Bryddia said...

Hmm. Must acquire the short story.

As for the marriage question, Homer managed to pull that off pretty well in The Odessey. Still, there are a great many ways to tackle the issue he never touched on. I'll have to do some brainstorming in that direction. Thanks.

-Ben

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