Daily Dialogue: Misery Business

Alyssa
Thanks for coming.

Marlene
I’m sorry that I’m so late. I know we planned this interview earlier today.

Alyssa
Artists usually are late, so I don’t mind. Much. And you don’t do many interviews, in the first place.

Marlene
Oh, so true.

Alyssa
I figured that if I should wait for anyone for THIS long, it should be you.

Marlene
Why?

Alyssa
Because no one gets to interview you.

Marlene
Why is it important for me to be interviewed?

Alyssa
Because you’re an interesting person and I’m sure lots of people wanna know more about you.

Marlene
Why?

Alyssa
Because you’re mysterious.

Marlene
Isn’t it better to leave mysteries the way they are?

Alyssa
I don’t understand.

Marlene
What don’t you understand?

Alyssa
Why you’ve decided to do an interview if you’re gonna be evasive.

Marlene
Coin toss.

Alyssa
That’s it?

Marlene
That’s it.

Alyssa
But surely, you wanna open up. Otherwise, why do the coin toss at all?

Marlene
I was bored. And just because I agreed to an interview doesn’t mean that I have to answer every question.

Alyssa
Why did you choose me?

Marlene
You and the rest of the world might think that it’s because of your accolades. But really: hat pull.

Alyssa
You pulled my name out of a hat?

Marlene
Do you think me a bitch now? I don’t mind, tell me.

Alyssa
Yes.

Marlene
Why?

Alyssa
Because I worked hard to get to where I am and thought I earned the right to be your interviewer.

Marlene
Well, you haven’t. And you aren’t really interviewing me, anyway.

Alyssa
Yes, I am.

Marlene
How long have you been a journalist?

Alyssa
A few years.

Marlene
Got a degree?

Alyssa
Yes.

Marlene
Hard-won? Lemme ask you this. Heh. If you’re interviewing me, why is it that I’ve been asking all the questions?

Alyssa
You…

Marlene
Yes. I have.

Alyssa
Why do you have to be so difficult?

Marlene
I told you: I don’t care about being interviewed. I don’t like sharing things about myself. I am a part of all this only by chance. With all that said, I am genuinely sorry for being late.

Alyssa
I see.

Marlene
So. What will you do? Storm off or try to see how many questions I’ll answer? I’ll be here, either way. Oh, but if you decide to stay, and you ask me a stupid question, I’ll make sure that you regret it. A journalism degree robbed you of the ability to be vapid.

Alyssa
There is a sexual quality in the stories you create, which are predominantly female-centric. Why is that?

Marlene
Strong right out of the gate, eh? I feel that women are expected to be a few things in fiction. Sexual isn’t one of them. Positive sexuality, anyway. If a woman oozes sex, she’s either a whore or a joke. I love sex. I am neither a whore or a joke. Thus, I don’t want to portray my women as whores or jokes. And the sex in my stories isn’t always positive. But it’s never only negative.

Alyssa
Your stories swing from the very funny to the very dark. Why not settle for one, and what’s the lure of the two?

Marlene
I actually don’t consider myself funny. I mean, I know I can be, but I would never say that I’m a funny person. Darkness is a very warm blanket to me. At the same time, I do like to laugh. I like many things, and my stories reflect that. Wouldn’t you say?

Alyssa
Yes.

Marlene
I don’t want to bore myself, you see. To stop the terrible idea of darkness becoming boring, I switch to something funny. The pallet cleanser. As for the lure, I believe I already mentioned why the funny one.

Alyssa
In a way. But there are other filters besides comedy. Why comedy above the others?

Marlene
It’s the furthest from darkness I can think of, which may be a failure on my part. As for the lure of darkness, I’ve always felt comfortable in it. It allows me to tell all the kinds of stories I want to tell. I also hate happy endings.

Alyssa
Why?

Marlene
Because, more often than not, they’re forced. The creator only ends it that way because it’s expected of them. Which is, of course, bullshit. Never play to the crowd. Play to yourself, and always veer off-course if you feel you know where the story’s going. Because if you do, you can definitely expect your audience to. At the same time, don’t force it. Let it happen organically. Lest you become another M. Night Shama-whatever. Do you see the ending of my stories before you get there?

Alyssa
Only when it seems like you want us to. Then it’s more about the journey than the end.

Marlene
Very true. Of course, something like that is something others will complain about. Let them. They want a typical story, go watch Spielberg. I prefer Kubrick.

Alyssa
Do you feel a certain level of elitism in regards to your storytelling?

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2 Responses to “Daily Dialogue: Misery Business”

  1. Yay! Look who’s back!!!!!

    Oh, I nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award. Just an FYI. 🙂

    • Being nominated is enough because a) I didn’t expect it, and b) someone thought I deserved it. Lots of people say this and it wavers between levels of genuinity when they say it, but I mean it wholeheartedly when I say that it’s enough for me to know that at least one person likes what I do. I’m not attention-starved or desperate for any sort of adulation or adoration. I’m also fiendishly selfish when it comes to things I write. So to think that someone thinks I deserve something besides a brick is humbling. I’d retire if I wasn’t trying to earn my doctorate in time and space.

      Thanks.

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