So Dion Boucicault’s The Phantom is based on Alexandre Dumas’ The Vampire, which is based on Charles Nodier’s The Vampire, which is based on the Polodori story, and reading them is basically observing a giant literary game of telephone that slowly turns Lord Ruthven into a Puritan named Alan.
Me, every day during the summer.
Philip (aka. our hemidemisemiferal) is free to leave his hospital tent tonight, having finished all his liver meds. (Admittedly, the very would like to keep him on prednisone. But as he won’t eat cat treats, tuna, or cheese, until we find a way to sneak it into kibble, that ain’t going to happen. I’m not keeping him in the tent indefinitely for something that night or might not prevent a recurrence.)
Unfortunately, as I feared, he’s developed a little learned helplessness over the past month.
NEED A GOOD BOOK TO READ?
DO YOU LOVE EVERYTHING PETER PAN?
READ ALIAS HOOK!!!!
I didn’t know about this book
Well, fuck. Does this mean I shouldn’t even bother now? Is this going to be the definitive telling of Hook’s story and I’ve wasted three years on something that’s now irrelevant?
She’s got way more historical fiction experience than I do. And get this—her main female character has the same name as one of Vivian’s middle names (which I did as a nod to the grandmother who helped raise me)—and she’s funny.
This has been my biggest worry about The Stowaway. I don’t even know what I have left if I don’t have this.
Okay, deep breath.
Do not stress out over this. When you’re building on famous source material, it’s inevitable that other creators will build on some of the same things you’re working on. Your readers will know that, too. There is room for hundreds of interpretations, and none of them will bring what you have to bring to the work – your thoughts, your feelings, your words.
And yeah, at the end of the day, you still might end up thinking someone else’s version is better than yours. That’s because all writers – all writers, even my own egotistical self – can see all the flaws in their own work that everyone else is blind to, and be just as blind when looking at what others have done.
Just do the work. Make it the best it can possibly be. And let it go into the world. It’s both the hardest thing and the easiest thing.
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