International Incident

The third and fourth words Gomery says to Fair in "Wilfair."

When I typed those words a few years back, my mind slingshot'd into the future, briefly, and turned back to look. When I returned to the moment, and began typing again, I thought about what had happened.

I think what happened was this: I had some sort of fanciful future reverie. I couldn't wait to see how those two people were doing two or three books along. And now that I know where they are, I am eager to revisit the "international incident" moment with the knowledge of what's to come.

Granted, when I wrote that scene, I knew where Fair and Gomery would go, but I hadn't written the words yet. Specific lines, looks, and feelings hadn't yet been decided upon, either. You can know the general path but characters do indeed have a way of shaping it.

But I like doing that, I guess, in all things. I like rereading Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy talking for the first time, or Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, for that matter, because I know what's ahead for them. When a reader has a secret the characters don't yet know, it's pretty fun.

Upshot? I'm a silly bunny.


Erika said...

I really enjoy rereading and rewatching for this reason too. I also tend to inhale books so when I go back I always pick up little things that I have missed. Love, love, love!

Chiara said...

I enjoy this as well! Some things are often interesting to look back at knowing what is in store.

Wilfair Book said...

I am glad I am not alone in this, ladies!

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