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Fecund Knight . . . 
11th-Jul-2005 10:19 pm
mordred: charliemc
Wow, my latest chapter of 'Fecund Knight' really has people going. And they're getting it, I think, although somewhat reluctantly.

Yes, I am an Arthurian fangirl from waaaay back. I love the mythos. I've seen so many movies and read so many books with different takes on the same subject. What was the ultimate tragedy of King Arthur? The love triangle with Arthur/Lancelot/Guinevere? The sin of incest creating a force beyond Arthur's control (Mordred)? Or just that human nature always belies the good in men eventually . . .

Can I say that I have always felt a kinship and empathy toward the character Mordred?

The first time I saw 'King Arthur' last summer, I was appalled. I was pissed they even used the names of the knights. It took me a while to get into it, to see the beauty of it, the possibilities, even within the small scope of what we saw on screen. I was your typical convert -- more passionate simply because it took me so long to come over. But what was missing was this aspect of tragedy. Having Lancelot and Tristan die at the end is horrible, but it doesn't smack of tragedy. (Actually, it smacks of lunacy. I'm still trying to get my head around the fact the movie is commentated by a horse.)

I never saw the supposed attraction between Lancelot and Guinevere in the movie, even in the Director's Cut. But what if something did eventually bring them together?

Being a slasher my whole life, I had to see Arthur/Lancelot as the first pairing. So, wouldn't that make the situation even more complicated if something *did* eventually bring Lancelot and Guinevere together? And what if the mystery of Mordred wasn't that he was Arthur's son through incest and thus damned, but if his origin were even murkier and harder to explain and to accept?

I think this story will be left pretty open-ended, kind of an alternate myth. But it makes me feel even more sympathetic for Mordred, and I'm wondering if my next KA fanfic will go there, exploring the life of the Fecund Prince . . .

(If I did, who should 'play' Mordred? Could it be a young Colin pleeze, pleeze, pleeze?)

(Oh, the things I'd like to write if I could ever finish all the things I've already started and the things people have begged me to write . . . )

Most importantly, I never think these things out. My stories reveal themselves to me, sometimes only a little in advance of being revealed to the readers. When I wrote Part One, I had no idea what would happen. I just wanted to find a way to change Lancelot's movie fate, and I wanted to use my favorite fanfic obsession (mpreg) to do it. When I wrote Part Four, I thought it might be deliciously mean to ultimately have Lancelot survive Badon Hill and then die in childbirth, with Arthur left to reject his son (Mordred) because of Lancelot's death (evil, no?). And even when I wrote Part Five and Lancelot had the baby, I wasn't really sure how it would all end.

And finally, now, the story has unfolded for me. This is how My Muse (as Taelin calls it) works. I rarely get it right away.

I love fanfic. I just love it.
Comments 
12th-Jul-2005 07:32 am (UTC) - Me, Too...
I love fanfic. I just love it.

I love fanfic, too. I really do!

OK, so now I can't wait to sit and read your new "Fecund Knight" chapters. Have I told you I'm a total mpreg whore? I really am. (I not-so-secretly wish I could be pregnant. Man.)

I love the Arthurian mythos, too. How can you not?

You're such a talented and skilled author. I really love your work, MM.

Love,

Bri
13th-Jul-2005 06:36 am (UTC) - Re: Me, Too...
ooooooh! icon envy!
12th-Jul-2005 04:06 pm (UTC) - You're in a 'good' mood girl!
I got to check out this time period with the knights and Lancelot. This is where I have a big hole in my history knowledge. But you are so fired up with new ideas. And they sound oh so fascinating like some kind of delicious ripening fruit. You should go there and do it. This mpreg stuff is something I never dreamed of before. It's definitely outside of the box. Brian is such a sweet person and he has expressed his desire to be capable of carrying a child. It makes me want to look into these emotions and desires. I love to have empathy with my friends.
13th-Jul-2005 06:35 am (UTC) - Re: You're in a 'good' mood girl!
I didn't know anything about this time in history, either, until I saw KA and got fascinated by it. I feel like it's really opened my eyes to the whole Eastern/Western Empire thing, as well as lots of stuff about the 'barbarians' who threatened it (like Atilla).

I just love mpreg. Love it! This started as a throw-away story, and it's ended up as something far more.

Not having ever felt a maternal urge whatsover, I find it especially poignant when the person experiencing it is a man!
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13th-Jul-2005 06:42 am (UTC)
The last time I had a dead person tell a story was when I was 13 years old. Wrote out this long, first-person Mary Sue based on the movie 'Bonnie and Clyde,' then got to the end and killed myself off.

LMAO, looking at this story, I quote: "The last sound I heard was one more gunshot. I fell on top of Clyde, with a heart bursted by either lovesickness or that final bullet, still clutching the white rose in my hand." The End

Does anybody have Jerry Bruckheimer's phone number?
12th-Jul-2005 04:13 pm (UTC) - Amazing Chapter!
It's your usual incredible work, really, though. (smile)

I love this series!

And I've got it (and the last chapter) up at the website now. Woo hoo -- go ME! (grin)

Now you need a good Lancelot (and baby?) icon...
13th-Jul-2005 06:47 am (UTC) - Re: Amazing Chapter!
doing the mur-dog pout wanting that Lancelot mpreg/baby icon . . .
13th-Jul-2005 05:58 am (UTC)
I'm just learning about this mpreg thing. I read 'Fecund Knight' and I just find the writing itself amazing, aside from the creative story.

I dare you to write Gamble/Street mpreg. That I'd like to see!
13th-Jul-2005 06:43 am (UTC)
oh, no!!! Don't ever dare me!
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