Friday, January 8, 2010

Friends

As I'm sitting here fighting with the employee website to find out my schedule for the week of 1/17-1/23 (seriously, they'd better not have me scheduled on my birthday), I think I'll pop off a quick blog.

I've been thinking a lot, as I write more of Eva's story and specifically, Eva's story with Brixton, about friendship. It's a pervasive theme in this story due to Eva and Brix being friends for so many years and how they support each other through hardship and success all the way into adulthood. I've been re-reading Little Women lately after so many years (I found clips of the 1994 movie version on YouTube, the one starring Christian Bale as Laurie and Winona Ryder as Jo). When I read it as a 12-year-old, I related best with Beth, the shy, quiet, feeble sister but I wanted to be Jo the writer. Now, I relate better to Jo, in quite frightening ways (right down to the nighttime writing and mood swings and disdain of being too girly).

The thing I will always remember about Little Women is Laurie and Jo's friendship, his proposal to her and Jo turning him down. Laurie's Proposal to Jo. Even at 12, I hated that moment because I so thought Jo and Laurie should be together. And I never understood the Jo-marrying-the-German professor-bit. And was Laurie marrying Amy really necessary?

But I digress.

Reading Jo and Laurie reminds me of Eva and Brix, though I'd say my characters are definitely modern and darker.Eva smokes. Brix drinks a lot. They're definitely not 19th century characters intended for children. Or proto-19th century romance characters. Thank the Lord.

But there's also stuff about Jade and her best friend; Eva and Lana, who no longer speaks to Eva; and Eva and her childhood friend Nicole. I know that as an only child, friendships have been incredibly important to me--not just in an emotional sense, but just plain social (there's only so much talking to yourself that you can do)--and it's one of the things I think I'm good at writing. Usually, I give my protagonists too many friends for the length of the story, in the interests of realism.

But think about it: where would Frodo be without Sam? Where would Harry be without Ron and Hermione? Elphaba without Glinda? Bella without...oh, wait, she has no friends.

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