Well, Lenora is in quite the pickle. But to keep your eyes fresh from our twice as long tale, good friends, I decided to include some things I neglected last time about the nature of muses. Namely, a brief list of examples of hostile and disturbing muses.
Firstly, all credit to the King. Stephen King plays with the nature of creative work many times, and I’ve seen more than one interpretation of Tommy Knockers as a metaphor for various illicit substances that enhance one’s creativity. Certainly that is a toxic muse, and while I have to actually read the book, the idea sounds credible.
The Shining also certainly plays with disturbed writers trying to find inspiration. To avoid spoilers, I will leave it at that, and recommend the film and book highly (The two are rather seperate).
Next, there is Paint It Black, a story from a series of Silent Hill comics. While I can’t speak for the quality of the work, it does engage in the notion of an unwanted muse (or muses) trying to force themselves upon the painter. Again, a similar idea, if less subtle by the monstrous nature of the muse in question.
Lastly, and the one that had the most impact on myself, is a small video from Channel Awesome, a website that hosts a number of pop culture critics. After the cancellation of one of their more popular series (The famous Nostalgia Critic) and the ensuing backlash, as well as a bit of time away from the character, the site released The Review Must Go On. I can’t say it is the best example, but as it was the one most directly connected to a creator I ironically have nostalgia for, it is probably the most prominent. The video is below, the relevant portion being 6.44-24:43
That injustice being rectified, we resume our typical programming.
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