Friday, June 8, 2012

Wet Moon 6 page 19

i recently saw the movie We Need To Talk About Kevin which was incredible and my mom says the book is amazing, too, i really have to read it, but i think i would've written this scene differently if i'd had seen this movie or read the book at the time (although i don't think the movie had been released yet when i wrote this, anyway). anyway, if you haven't seen it, it's about a reluctant mother dealing with a psychopathic child and how it affects her and the family, and it's SUPER INTENSE.

i would still have Penny say she wants to keep the baby, but it would've been cool to have her mention taking the possibility of having a psychopathic child into account, a child you can't reach emotionally because their brain is simply wired differently and there's not much you can do about it, i think Penny would be morose enough to consider that and it would've made for an interesting facet to the conversation and Penny as a character. We Need To Talk About Kevin does for having children/child-rearing what Jaws did for the water, which i don't think it would stop Penny (sure would stop me, though), but i like the idea of her researching all these unconventional or scary areas of child-rearing. maybe in volume 7!

coincidentally right before i saw We Need To Talk About Kevin, i had read this fascinating article about psychopathic children which made the whole thing even scarier. i could see Penny reading stuff like this late into the night, stressing herself out over it but also strengthening her resolve.

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  1. Technically, I believe the term is sociopath. Psychopaths are the kind of people without empathy considered criminals, not the kind that are just difficult to connect with.

    This page is fabulous, though! Penny's eyes and Fern's sad drunk face are perfect. :3

    1. thank you!!

      i've read some places that psychopath and sociopath are often interchangeable terms because various schools of psychology can't all agree on the definitions and criteria. but even if you're right, We Need To Talk About Kevin is about psychopathy. if you watch the movie or read the book you'll see he's not simply difficult to connect with. ;)