Posted by Hil on February 13, 1998 at 19:13:44:
In response to Ok, Hil..., written by Cheryl on February 13, 1998 at 14:36:57
(I know you're shocked, so am I!) Stated the way you have done, it makes perfect sense to me.
] But I cannot ignore my feelings and my emotional reaction to the characters and their story.
] I think that my problem is that I grew to care for Oscar and Lucinda, and I am in mourning for them, as I would be for any friend who had been the victim of some random tragedy. If I didn't care about them, I wouldn't be angry, does that make sense?
] I expect my grieving period will ease somewhat, and then I'll go see the movie and grieve some more. :-}
Yes, it makes perfect sense, Cheryl, and I feel the same. I also think the fact that we come to care so much for them bears testimony to the power of Carey's writing, and I do admire him for using the power so skillfully, purposefully, and bravely. I doubt that he liked killing Oscar off, either. Gillian Armstrong said something like 'Carey is a naughty wicked story-teller to involve us so much with these wonderful characters and then do that to them', but I'm sure it was said affectionately and with admiration.
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