Since it’s Monday, I thought I’d discuss the inspiration behind His Abducted Bride–
Dave Larson: Hold on there, Ruth. I reserved Monday to give a rebuttal to Christopher Robinson’s claim that he’s better than me. This is in response to what he wrote in May 26, 2013’s post when he said “….His Reluctant Lady which happens to be the very best book Ruth has ever written…and I’m not just saying that because I’m the main character. Well, all right, I am, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. This is way better than anything else she’s ever done. Dave Larson, eat your heart out. *smirks* His Reluctant Lady is going to be better than Eye of the Beholder.”
Christopher Robinson: It took you this long to make a rebuttal?
Ruth: To be fair, this did have to travel back to the late 1800s.
Dave: That’s not what made me take so long to form a rebuttal. I happened to be planting at the time.
Dave: Yeah, crops. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. They end up being food you eat.
Christopher: I know what crops are. I just can’t understand why you couldn’t take an hour of your day to come on this blog to argue with me.
Dave: Well, unlike you, I work from sunrise to sunset. I’m not frolicking about on a ballroom floor or taking a leisurely ride on Rotten Row while listening to gossip. I actually have a purpose in life.
Christopher: *gasps* I have a purpose. You think all I do is goof off? I’ll have you know that Ruth is currently at the beginning of The Earl’s Scandalous Wife, and it’s up to me to find a wife for my cousin, Lord Clement. If you think that’s easy, then maybe we should trade roles because no one turns ladies off faster than Lord Clement, especially when he whines about that blasted cane of his.
Dave: If it takes you a long time to figure out how to fix him up, then you aren’t doing it right.
Christopher: I’ll have you know my cousin has a very telling nickname. Want to hear it?
Dave: Not really.
Christopher: It’s “The Earl Who Can’t Get a Wife”. He’s been engaged but she ran off with someone else. That was the closest he ever got. I just know I’m going to have to help create a scandal to make it happen because there’s no other way he’ll get married.
Dave: You can’t be serious. Playing matchmaker isn’t the same as growing food and taking care of animals. You’re still playing around. I’m actually working. That in itself proves my book, Eye of the Beholder is better than yours, His Reluctant Lady. It’s about a hard working farmer who meets the most wonderful young woman who came as someone else’s mail-order bride at a train station.
Christopher: Sounds like a winner already. So you stole someone else’s intended bride. Just the kind of thing heroes are made of. *rolls eyes*
Dave: You didn’t let me finish. The man she was supposed to marry rejects her. It was his loss. She ended up with me instead, making me the luckiest man who ever lived.
Christopher: Doesn’t sound like much of a plot. It sounds like the happy little village with the happy little people. Next thing I know, you’re going to be sitting around a campfire singing songs about love and harmony.
Dave: Not quite. As it turns out, the man who rejected her gets married to another woman whose beauty is only on the surface. My book is about what truly makes a woman beautiful.
Christopher: *yawns* I can do better than that. My book is about making a beautiful woman embrace the passion she’s been suppressing for years. Mine has excitement and witty banter. I’ll have Ruth post a sample of such witty banter this upcoming Sunday. Then you can just how much more interesting my story is than a weak “it’s what’s inside that counts” thing that’s been overdone.
Dave: It’s not the theme of a story that counts so much as in how it’s told. Even an interesting plot can become boring if the storyteller doesn’t know what she’s doing.
Christopher: Ah, so you admit my book is better than yours!
Dave: I did not.
Christopher: Sounds like you did to me. You just said my book has an interesting plot.
Dave: No, I was saying that since I have a good storyteller, my story was a memorable and exciting book.
Christopher: I don’t recall you saying those exact words.
Dave: It was my meaning.
Christopher: Dave, you are a sad, sad, sad little person. Your glory days are over. It’s time to move on and fade into obscurity where no one will remember your book.
Dave: My book will not fade into obscurity because it delves deeper than the shallow back and forth talking you claim is so good in yours.
Christopher: You can have deep and meaningful while providing humor in witty banter.
Gavin: Thank you both for hijacking what was supposed to be a post about my book, His Abducted Bride.
Christopher: You’re welcome.
Gavin: I was being sarcastic. And both of you have plots that are done way too much. Dave Larson has the rejected bride who becomes well loved by all. Christopher Robinson has the reluctant bride who ends up being glad she got married. Big whoop. Those books are a dime a dozen. But when is the last time you read a book where the character of a story pulled the author into it? I don’t recall seeing a bunch of those all over the place.
Christopher: Because no one wants to read that kind of book. If they did, others like it would be written.
Gavin: That’s not true.
Christopher: Yes, it is.
Dave: It doesn’t matter what you two think. Mine is the book will always be the best one Ruth ever wrote. Sure, you two might have somewhat amusing plots. Maybe you’ll even entertain some people. But when it all comes down to it, mine will be the one that is the favorite.
Christopher: That’s big talk from someone who already has the book out while the rest of us are still waiting for August so we can finally see our books published.
Gavin: No kidding. It feels like August will never get here, though technically mine comes out July 30.
Christopher: Close enough.
Dave: Fine. Then after your books come out, we’ll come back to this blog and put it to a vote.
Ruth: There you have it. In August, we’ll have a vote on this blog so you can settle this debate among three characters who all think their book is better than the others’.