Each interview I do or envision is done differently, in a way that highlights the particular author the best. In this interview, @foufymas and @RobsCumDumpster both helped me interview SR. Since University of Edward Masen is such an important fic to the fandom I thought fan involvement was a must.Now, for the interview:
- I wonder if he plans on making this publishable by changing Edward/Bella to other people. Does he think it would change the dynamics too much? Does he think the story works on its own, or does our original love of Twilight change our view of the story?
- As a guy, what made him want to write FF? It’s so female dominant. And how much of him does he think is reflected? I.E., music, ETC.
I would say that a lot of me is reflected in the story but I’ll leave it to the readers to guess about what parts that is.
- Does SR know he's got women swooning for him?!
- Why did she style Edward as the darker of the protagonist, when peter would have just been perfect (at least on paper)?
- Peter has a heart of gold, it’s true, but he isn’t perfect. He’s Virgil. And once again, there were certain character qualities that he needed to have in order to keep with the Dantean elements of the narrative.
I’m too old to believe in human perfection. I’ll leave perfection to the inhabitants of the Paradiso. But I believe in grace and redemption and thus I don’t think human beings should be satisfied with their own imperfections.
- During the wedding, Bella asks Ed, if Carlisle would ever remarry. He said that Esme was his Beatrice as B is his. So, how does that translate to real life? ;)
- Admittedly Ed, although not the perfect love on paper compared to Peter, how does his passion translate into perfection for B?
- How did they fall into the Twilight universe? Because Twilight is like miles ...galaxies away from Dante?
- What does he thinks makes a woman beautiful, because there's Angela w/comparable beauty/knowledge -vs- Bella, a plain beauty/brain. If you think about it, Bella and Angela are both (on paper) beautiful intelligent people, one would be better suited for E's lifestyle. So, essentially why did Edward choose Bella, instead of Angela? Of course it's Twilight - we know it's going to be an E/B story. The question is how does Edward make that instinctive choice for good? Even with his history of his own Mother (not Esme)?
Edward tells Bella more than once that it is her goodness that first attracted him to her. So one could say that goodness makes one beautiful, while vice makes one unattractive. Edward’s acceptance of Esme as his mother is predicated on a similar choice - choosing charity and love over indifference.
- If you look at UoEM as a whole, it's a story of men. Most of the male characters are well fleshed out while the women aren't, except for Bella. Is this a reflection on any one thing in particular?
- How does one attempt to even find the four, or was it five, types of love that Bella/Esme had? It was covered in one.
- How difficult was it to wait until the 23rd chapter to write the first lemon? The ladies in this fandom love their lemons. Did you fear losing readers by making them wait so long or were you confident enough in the story that the lemon was just a cherry on top, per say?
- One major theme that runs parallel in both Twilight and UoEM is the chastity/virtue aspect. What makes them both same and different?
- How much of you, as a person, comes into your story because every writer brings a little of themselves into their stories and leaves them there? Do you have a background in art, literature, history or all of them?
- As I believe Stephenie Meyer brought a new awareness to the classics, like Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet, do you feel you enlightened the readers with the deeper aspects of the story, like the art and literature you tied into the story? Was that your goal?
- How do you feel now that this epic story is coming to an end and what are your upcoming plans?
- Peas or Carrots? Carrots. (Wait, are the peas mushy?)
- Favorite dessert? Tiramisu
- Favorite genre of art? Italian Renaissance
- Email or letter? Letter, definitely
- Guilty pleasure? If I were to tell you it would only compound my guilt
- Most inspiring place you have travelled and why? Florence - the art, history, culture, the gelato
Thank you so much for doing this and for your patience and for giving such an intellectual buffet to your readers. You are truly a gift to the fandom and your story has left an impression on the readers that make them expect greatness, as they should. To give the time and energy you have to your story, without money is truly an act of love. Thank you from everyone in the fandom.