Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reading: Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Heyem Merek

Unbound Boxes
Limping Gods:

Heyem Merek

By Cheryl Moore

Time Line: 4002, China

Right Now! Cheryl is on vacation in Ireland! Wow!

Best to click over to Cheryl's blog for easy reading of connected material...but come back for discussion!

Heyem Merek has run away from her former life. Her childhood, spent in poverty and her teenaged years in military correction. She is well educated and proud of her achievements. If only her identical twin sister, Alexand would allow her to forget about her past, completely. Things would be a lot less complicated and painful. (Artwork on the wall in drawing 2: by Frida Kahlo, “My Nurse and I.” 1937)

My Thoughts:

Although Heyem's backstory shows that she's selfish and somewhat narcisstic--and doesn't like kids, I find that her reaction to this situation might be somewhat justified?

If Alexand is well enough to have returned to to her military position, then she should have been capable of taking care of her children. Instead we find her drunk and a little crazy, wearing a tutu and trying to fly... 

This micro story is disturbing--it leads to many questions as to what has happened to Alexand since her serious withdrawal/illness. It seems she is not providing adequate parental control on a routine basis, while Heyem, though grudgingly, does recognize the responsibility.

I find I no longer have sympathy for Alexand... 

Question for Cheryl:

As the author, what made you merely reverse the same name in "birthing" these twins?

In creating your character personalities, readers form opinions based upon those personality characteristics, right? How closely do you then use those characteristics to create your novels? Or did you write your novels and form the personality fact sheets as you developed your micro-stories? This story is a good example of why I raise the question. When I read about Harem on her character data sheet, I got the picture of a selfish, jealous sister...yet I find myself, personally, very empathetic to Harem in this, naturally, LOL, I don't think of her as being selfish or jealous...more, I find her responsible in spite of her personal life preferences... Can we, then, even with characters, truly define the individual they really are?