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My Own Recurring Story Meme

I came across a mention of this a while ago, and thought it sounded intriguing.

Look at the stories you've written over the years, across fandoms and including original fic. What theme do you keep exploring, over and over? What's the story you can't stop telling?

I keep telling the story of someone pretending to be something or someone he's not. It might be someone who fears they are no longer human, keeping a secret, not wanting to lose the respect of those he cares about, being undercover, learning a new identity, lying to himself,or just trying desperately to fit in.

How about you?


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Sep. 15th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
I'll probably keep right on doing it. I rarely choose what to write - it's more like the Muses come knocking on my door.
Sep. 15th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Mine seems to be betrayal and redemption. One character betraying another but eventually realizing the damage done and trying to claim some form of redemption or forgiveness. Not sure what that says about me really.
Sep. 15th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Redemption is a big one. I love to read stories that explore it, but I've never really written it, myself.
Sep. 15th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Mine seem to be about what people will or won't do, mostly for love (of all kinds) but also for their sense of self. What won't they do because it would change them irrevocably, what will they do even knowing it will change them, what will they do to stay who they are.

Interesting question, thanks!
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I can see that, thinking about your work. Identity and choices.
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
::amused:: Identity, choices, relationships, and senses of humor (warped and easily amused both). Sums it all up in a frighteningly short sentence.
Sep. 15th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
It's always fun to look back at your own stories and try to discern themes, isn't it!
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Wow, this is a really interesting meme! And I think you're right in your assessment of your general themes: identity is, I think, where your primary interest lies. I've seen you write about that in so many stories, and it always works out in a new way. Roleplaying/play acting/deceiving/posturing/obfuscating pops up in pretty much all of your stories, and I think you do wonderful things with that theme.

Your best stories are, I think, the ones that strike closest to that central question, "Who are these characters? Why do they tell lies? What do those lies tell us about their relationship to their environment?" And that sounds like a pretty simple concept to revisit again and again, but you never fail to make it into a rich and complex survey of the human heart.

So, um, yes :-) Please write more on identity!
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
That is really interesting to explore, and I can certainly see that theme in your work. I think we all wear masks at some level, even if it is only circumstantial (at work or school or with our parents, whatever).

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