Sunday, October 5, 2008

Response to Pat's Lusus Naturae

My sentiments about "Lusus Naturae" is that the story was an interesting, and arguably a much needed, alternative to the other grim and somewhat morbid short stories. However, I will admit that my interest in "Lusus Naturae" may be due to the fact that I enjoy the mysterious and unpredictable nature of science fiction stories. With that being said, I was anxious to delve into the story.

Though I concede that "Lusus Naturae" may not have been plausible, or perhaps even a little farfetched, I contend that for a class that has the title of "Introduction to Short FICTION", shouldn't we expect to read stories that we know may not make any logical sense. Isn't that a characteristic of the "fiction" genre.

I do agree with Patrick when he calls "Lusus Naturae" a story about a social recluse who lives vicariously through the readings of Keats and Byron. Furthermore, I also agree with his analysis that the main character does not know how to react when she sees "interpersonal intimacy". I found it a bit comical that the protagonist is now an adult but still cannot grasp the concept of someone having sex.

Something that struck me as odd was how everyone came to the conclusion that the girl was a vampire. I have never known a vampire to have yellow eyes, pink teeht, red fingernails, or long dark hair sprouting out of its chest and arms. I was under the impression that the girl was a werewolf rather than a vampire. But either way, she was definitely a "Lusus Naturae".

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