the boy and girl
Posted by jeanne
the boy and girl are the same person.
therefore they are schizophrenic.
they are also yin and yang.
and tho it doesn’t have to be complete stereotype – he doesn’t have to be yang down the line, she can have yang too – it’s got to be fairly simple, because this is a fairy tale.
even tho it’s also a romantic comedy, and a video game, and political nonfiction, and physics for the challenged.
this work is by its very nature a reduction. and reductionist is classical, not quantum. after quantum enlightenment, you can hold contradictory views in your mind. reductionist is bland and cardboard-tasting. but when you’re writing a novel, even tho you can enrich it with link-vitamins, it’s still not anything like the complexity of the study it took to write it.
when i’m being reductionist about a duality, i usually settle on this flavor:
love versus fear
liberal versus conservative
tolerant versus punishing
power with versus power over
bottom-up self government versus control in the hands of the few
indulgent mother goddess versus strict daddy god
codependent insecure people-pleaser versus sociopathic egotistical abuser
as it happens, the current dominant culture seems to be on this same track. the political parties are all pwned by the evil alien vampire corporations, so the fight is between the corporate ownership of everything versus the right of human beings not to be enslaved. the 1% versus the 99%.
when i get personal about it, i have to confess that i’ve given up believing in the punishing daddy god and the duty of us as xians to follow corrupt human practices masquerading as untouchably divine. i’m far more comfortable with the idea of a female god, a female religion, the old ways of matriarchy. this is not to say i believe rule by women is all sweetness and light. i’m a horrible bitch when you cross me, and my female god is too. just not an avenging god. not a god to be feared. i don’t buy that. i didn’t buy that when my parents justified their own authority with the same argument, and i don’t buy a bunch of male priests and pastors standing up there handing out the same logic.
and as far as being really personal about it, i’ve been the codependent insecure pleaser trying to make a sociopathic abuser happy, and i don’t terribly enjoy revisiting it in order to write about it. but it’s a great dynamic, all too familiar to most of us, in its fairy tale reduction (see list above), and easy to lampoon (seeing as i made light of it the whole time i was in it, which helped me get thru it, but also extended my stay).
as for the boy and girl. i have to take them thru all the levels of the game, which adjusts itself to them because of quantum entanglement. we don’t see them testing levels 1 and 2, we see others doing that. we see them in antarctica, and after that they’re not playing – or they’re playing another game and their interactions are different.
she starts as in insecure codependent enabler. she ends up as a force of nature.
he starts as an easy-going popular loser with talent. he ends up an overblown sociopathic bully.
likewise there’s got to be a realworld example of the same progression, from a consumerist world where there’s plenty of latitude to a totalitarian dictatorship. and from a bunch of lazy consumers to a committed bunch of revolutionaries. even the levels of public outcry and government response go from ignore to fight.
and of course, there have to be 7 levels of each. so now i have to write the outline of this piece about love versus fear as expressed in the characters. and when i’m finished with this particular process, i will entangle it with the plot as it stands, change a bunch of things because of its inclusion, and braid another one. when it’s all over, i’ll have a nice piece of complicated fabric that i will then drape, cut and sew into a story.
and because i’m bad on the details, it’ll have missed stitches, and places where you can tell things were ripped out, and if you wash it too many times it’ll fall right apart. but oh well. that’s what second drafts are for. unless i become interested in something else, which is what usually happens, because while this is going on, i’ve got all sorts of projects piling up in the corners.