Margot Fontaine et Son Amie,
oil on canvas, 1948.
Have been thinking about a question raised by Raine about heroines outside the box, and the conflict between artistic innovation/urge and reader comfort.
As a usual result of discussions of this kind, I examine my own current heroine and wonder if Lillie is just another bobble head action figure inside the standard bubble packaging.
In some ways I suppose she is.
Then again, in some ways she isn't.
Lillie doesn't conform to traditional ethics entirely.
In Stone Child, for example, she allows rough, brutal, eye-for-an-eye justice to overide legal process and the principle that guilt, punishment and/or death should only be arraigned and adjudged by a duely appointed court, not dispensed in primitive, frontier style.
Of course, it's in the interest of saving the innocent.
Which might be acceptable if the all the parties involved were human.
But they are not.
And that distinction, that a human's life is not more valuable, is subject only to human laws, is where she transgresses standard ethics and morality.
And I think that, while Lillie may be in a box, she does stick her arm outside it.
Speed-dial Success: You may remember Jaye acquired an agent just before Christmas. As part of a three book deal, her novel has been sold.
Pardon me while I beam and smirk and chortle just a bit over this extremely satisfying news.
Publishing doesn't always drag its little feet, not when it sees what it likes.
Go rejoice with her.