Filed By Bil Browning | August 02, 2006 7:37 PM | comments
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Does being married mean you have to be boring? Scary - scary - scary!
Oh, Bruce.. does that mean I am already married? Uhm.. wait.. I'd need a spouse for that. Boring is just my maiden name...
Bruce, in literature it does. That is the meaning of "they lived happily ever after" (a metaphor, not a contract, by the way): the interesting work of growing up and joining society as a couple is done, and the rest is borrrring. Novels, in general, are about that problem: growing up and joining society as a couple, or failing to do so. There are many twists on the theme and the project changes as society has developed.
Still, as you deprecate "boring" remember the ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times!"
Since I am on a roll, I will continue to point out that "boring" only applies to the interest of others. Nothing could be more interesting than raising a child, for example, but that seldom a novel makes. There is a difference between public and private, between retail and wholesale. Novels are about matters of public interest, and the evidence is that growing up and joining society as a couple is eternally fascinating. When an author wants to follow a couple through their mature years, you will find most often that the plot is about their children growing up and joining society as a couple.