Discusion questions for FIREBRAND
Discussion questions for FIREBRAND
I came up with these questions for the discussion I had at Renditions of Camelot in June 2006. They seem like a good fit here as well.
Discussion questions for FIREBRAND:
1) Authors are often asked: do you have a favorite character? For me
it's: Dafydd or Lin? (and I've already made my admission!) And of course the question is on the readers' poll here. I'd like to propose a variant of that. Which character do you admire more: Lin or Dafydd or another? Why? Which do you relate to more closely?
2) If you could ask any character in FIREBRAND a question, and get an honest answer, which would you ask, and what would the question be? (Author's note: I am prepared to answer in character.)
3) FIREBRAND explores the darker side of Camelot, dealing with incest, rape, abuse and slavery. Given that Lin's abuse is sanctioned by Morgause, and her sons see nothing wrong with the system of slavery in their home, how does it affect your view of Gawain, Agravain, Gaheris, and Gareth as heroes? Can a knight be chivalrous and condone what Lin must endure?
4) Dafydd is often exasperated by Lin's actions. Having to witness her beatings and tend her wounds afterwards takes a heavy toll on his heart. Would you have done or said anything different to Lin to dissuade her self-destructive behavior? If so, what? Why? Do you think Lin would have listened?