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.