Q&A with Joanne Harris ~ #5

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Q&A with Joanne Harris ~ #5

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:21 am

I greatly enjoyed reading Chocolat and discussing it here at the ONBC. I was puzzled by the introduction of the idea that Vianne's mother may have kidnapped her as a child and not have been her real mother. It changed my whole perception of the mother and their relationship and the motivation for their wandering. Can you tell us why you introduced this plot twist and why you placed it where you did in the story?
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One of the themes running through the story in Chocolat is the idea of family being something that you can choose rather than something that you are born to. I wanted to leave that particular plot strand open and allow the reader to make their own decision about whether Vianne’s mother had genuinely kidnapped Vianne as a child or not. But I also wanted to question the relationships between family members and suggest that quite possibly you can feel a stronger kinship with somebody who is no kind of blood relative than you can with your actual family.

Ladies, an announcement: Due to the weekend activities, and lack of internet connection, on the part of Liz and I we will not be posting another tidbit or Joanne Harris Q&A until Sunday, possibly late Sunday night. Have a great weekend and enjoy all new pics!! :cloud9:
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Unread postby Bix » Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:01 pm

Wow! What a good answer. I guess I hadn't really thought about how very strong that theme of family being something you choose is in the book, but once she said it, I realize it is.

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Unread postby Betty Sue » Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:05 pm

Well, my actual family is not related to me by blood as my kids are adopted and my husband was not a relative :-O , but it seems like having a mom who may have kidnapped her child from what was probably a loving family is going a bit far to point out that one doesn't have to be blood-related to have a strong feeling of kinship! Must admit I felt like I wanted the kidnapping suggestion to be followed up on a bit.
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Unread postby gilly » Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:51 am

I like that idea of choosing your family..Vianne and Armande definitely chose each other..
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