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Re: I noticed that too
WED, 5/15/02, 5:24 a.m. - In Response To: I noticed that too (RJWPostal)
The reason that I left out the last page from the collection, is that
if you read Scarab before you read Metamorphosis (which many new readers
are doing), it takes out much of the mystery and suspense from the Metamorphosis
story, and you read Meta in a totally different way than you do if you read it first. I felt like having that last page in the collection had potential to destroy much of the impact of Meta if the Scarab collection was read first.
I like the idea that each of the books have thier own vibe seperately,
but have different layers of meaning if you read them in sequence.
That last page only works for me if you have read Metamorphosis first, and you are reading Scarab as part of a much larger story. Without it, it is much more of a POINT OF VIEW story the way I intended both Metamorphosis and Scarab to be an experiment in opposite points of view of some of the same scenes.
This way, if you read Meta first, then Scarab, the last scene is Scarab still hits you like a train wreck. But if you read only Scarab, or Scarab
first, it is much more from the point of view of Scarab and it is a little more open to interpretation. Still, if you look closely at the shots of Scarab and Yukio on the bike at the end, they are from her memory of them when they were younger. And if that isn't enough, I think the new page
with the shot of her walking in the dark/rain with Seiko pretty much says
it all. But this time more from her POV.
If you read meta first, then the Scarab ending is a twist ending that
rewards your reading all the different volumes. Both versions work in this
order. But for those that have only read Scarab, or are reading if first, that last page strikes me as not so much of a twist, as just a blatant shock. And it seemed to make the book more just about that moment than
everything else that built up to it. And with the page I put there instead,
it hearkes back to what the rest of the book was about, and reminds the
reader of Seiko, and the themes of friendship in the book, puts a new spin
on that (sort of posing some ideas about Seiko still being with her in
more ways than one).
But it really came down to the fact that for me that page only works
if you are reading Scarab after Meta. And I felt like as a stand alone
book it needed a little more finesse. And it was important for me to make
sure that each of the books have thier own vibe seperately, but have different
layers of meaning if you read them in sequence.
It changes the entire tone of the last chapter, in my opinion. If someone were to read it who hadn't read the series before, who didn't know what the outcome of the fight was, it reads as though Scarab won and rode off with Yukio. I'm wondering if this was done on purpose, to make a different story out of it, or if this was a mistake. This pretty much contradicts the ending of Metamorphosis, doesn't it?