[Warning, for US and UK readers, this thread contains SPOILERS for all three Hooper books]
When we first met Dave he was a little the worse for wear. I often tell people we meet him on his hands and knees beside a helipad, throwing up corn chips and tequila for breakfast. But of course we don't. He's already in J2's chopper and his regurgitated breakfast is just a memory. It was an image so strong that even though I didn't write it, I recall it vividly.
Dave does his own misremembering, of course. He spends a good deal of the next 350 000 words misremembering his life and just who is responsible for it. If there is a point at which the story actually begins it's not with him on his hands and knees vomitting up the remains of an epic debauch. It's when he's strapped into the chopper and flying out to the rig. Trapped. Confined. Running on rails laid down by circumstance. It's where we learn that it's not morning in Dave Hooper's America. Life ain't all Doritos and Mescal.
As J2 flies out across the Gulf he imagines himself flying towards his boys, Toby and Jack, descending from the skies as an avenging hero. (Although WTF he'd be avenging besides his own inability/refusal to send an alimony cheque isn't mentioned.)
It's all foreshadowing.
From that moment on I knew where the series was going to end. On the edge of the Atlantic, far to the north, with Dave coming to the rescue of his family. Well, of his boys anyway. Annie's fate was always uncertain, and right up until I turned in the final draft, there was no garauntee she'd still be with us.
What was certain though – Dave is an unreliable narrator, and the ex-wife we meet through his recall is not necessarily a fair and accurate portrait of the woman herself. That's probably why, in the end, Annie O'Halloran is still with us. It seemed unfair to leave readers with only Dave's impression of her. Karin lets us know he hasn't been entirely truthful about their marriage, not even to himself, but that wasn't nearly enough to redress the balance. So Annie lives, and I'm happy with that. She, along with Karin, is more than a match for him.
As to the Scooby Gang, do they have a future? We lost a fan favourite in Zach. And I'll tell you now, he's not coming back. Igor is still drawing breath, but he's in bad shape. Heath and Emmeline have work to do in long and fruitful story arcs ahead of them.
But then so does Compton/Compt'n.
And what of Dave's lawyer, X Boylan? Well, it's not pure random coincidence that he happens to be stranded in the same city as Jellybean Johnson. And those other champions? Are there more of them? I do seem to recall Karin speculating on that very point. She thought there might be twelve of them, a champion for every Realm. It's gives a fellow to wondering just how a douchebag Messiah like Dave might bring these apostles togther.
I'm happy to let you know that I already have three longform novels planned and plotted for Season Two of The Dave. Stronghold, Citadel and Empire. With the world built in Season One, it's my intent to make each of the new novels stand alone titles, within a longer developing story arc. It should be possible to read them out of order and still make sense of the greater plot. Although, of course, you'll get a much better deal working through them as they're meant to be read.
I'll throw open the spoilers threads now, with a general forum below, and more specific topics through the week. If there is a topic you particularly wanted addressed, just say so.
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I’ll open this general spoiler thread by welcoming everyone who's finished RESISTANCE and warning off those who have not. Heere be Monstrs. Like, in the next par. So bugger off if you are not ready to deal with them.
Professor Boylan is correct. RESISTANCE, indeed this whole season of The Dave is about transformation. Not just Dave, but everyone around him. Some, like Compton, transform violently and radically. Others, like Dave, resist the very notion of change. Our little friend Threshy becomes a study of ceaseless transformation, and yet remains forever shaped by his initial experience of change. (I'll write more abiout that soon, in a more technical entry on voice and PoV).
Some characters remain as they ever were, but our understanding of them shifts. Emmeline and Igor exemplify this process. Others are the rocks upon which waves of change can break without ever altering the underlying truth of that individual. Yes, Captain Heath, we’re looking at you.
With RESISTANCE this series found its voice. It isn’t radically different from EMERGENCE but Dave’s vioce is more confident, even as he himself is less sure of things. As Orin wrote last week, you just can’t help but love the big, dumb lug. No matter how hard he makes it. And man, he makes it hard. I sometimes channel my own worst instincts through Dave, and more than once in this book I found myself pausing to ask, seriously? Would he?
Of course he would. He’s Dave.
The most fun I had in this volume? Apart from channeling Professor X Boylan? Dave’s LA party. (And many of the Prof's best lines had to be cut lest he steal every fucking scene he was in)
That party chapter ran much longer and was way more self indulgent in the first draft. Left to my own devices I’d do entire books about nothing but Dave having his idea of fun.
The scene I had been most looking forward to? The battle of Omaha.
Interviewing George RR Martin for the Herald a couple of years back, he told me about the genesis of Game of Thrones. He was sitting at his kitchen table in his undies, on a sweltering day, writing some sci fi TV thing. To escape the heat, he imagined a frozen scene, a woodland world, with a giant wolf. That was enough. He was away.
Dave was, in part, written to allow me to describe an army of orcs being caught in the kill box of a B-52.
I have to dip my lid to Murph at this point. It was he who suggested the surprising character development for Igor. A development which proves a challenge for Dave. One he fails dismally. The publishers loved it and I think it allowed RESISTANCE to grow into a story that was stronger than EMERGENCE because it gave Dave a chance to grow into somebody stronger than the man we first meet.
Sure, he fails. But that’s The Dave.
I’ll open some specific threads in the next few days. There's lots to discuss. Threshy. Guyuk. Karin Varatchevksy. And Dave's special way with the ladies. Plenty more fanfic to come too.
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They giggle over bondage and dusters. Immensely more enjoyable than seeing it yourself. Mr Frellman might need a glass of water.
And The Dave gets a lovely cameo.
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A dip o' the propellor beanie to Anthony for spotting this nice wrap of the Hooper series. I missed it:
"Dave was great fun to write," says Birmingham. "I let all of my own worst aspects boil up to the surface like poisoned warts and then I popped them all over the page.
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Choppered in today. Looking gnarly and not a little hungover.