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The Frog and the Scorpion

December 6, 2015
Posted at 1:11 pm

A reader asked if Demon Bride was a retelling of The Scorpion and the Frog

In that modern fable, a scorpion begs a frog to take him across the river. During the crossing the scorpion stings the frog, dooming them both. Asked why, the scorpion says he is not to blame: it is in his nature. The fable is a story about how our natures, particularly the vicious ones, are fixed.

By the end, both the scorpion and frog wish the scorpion had acted differently. I think that's much less clear in Demon Bride.

Demon Bride is certainly about confronting unusual natures. Lucinda can't change her diet; she needs soul-stuff to survive. Yes, she's drawn to hunt and later to submit, just as Badger is drawn to anger and defensiveness.

However, is Lucinda's nature any more fixed than Badger's? Within the constraint of her diet, does she have any options that would make her happier? What about Badger? Imagine you asked Badger six years later whether he wished that he'd never run into Lucinda that first night. What would his answer be? Besides that first meeting, could badger have made choices that would make him happier?

Pondering these questions is a lot of why I wrote Demon Bride.
I'd be really interested in your thoughts now and as the story unfolds. Thanks for your feedback and discussion.

As always, if you read my work, your vote would be most welcome. That helps us all know how I'm doing.