All Stories, Literally Reruns

Literally Reruns – Michael by Tobias Haglund

ah – Tobias – We miss him. Leila has been down in the darkness and brought out this little gem from one of the founder members – this is what she said:

Sweet Dystopia! Writers should be allowed to create the hellworlds in which we must live. A good writer can always make what is essentially a boring and pointless existence interesting. Maybe they understand that it isn’t a world gone wrong that they write about, but it’s the inevitable result of a system that was always messed up in the first place that they describe. It’s a great subject, but it isn’t recommended to be pursued by writers who are uncomfortable with the truth, or hold a belief that there is ever a clear resolution in human affairs.

Tobias Haglund is a good and honest writer, and nobody’s fool. His Michael is a fascinating look at a future that wouldn’t need a lot of added conditions to someday be.

Q: Do you believe that people need to be oppressed to understand the value of freedom?

Q: There is a theme of relentlessness throughout the story. The rain, the march, the wheedling words of the guard…Was it difficult to maintain the great tension, or was it the result of several drafts?

Leila Allison

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Michael

Tobias’s answers:

Q: Do you believe that people need to be oppressed to understand the value of freedom?

Q1: What an interesting question! To a certain extent I do believe a (substantial) loss of freedom is a cause for uprising/rebellion. The amount of power you wield as an authoritive leader is limited by the freedom of your people. To wield more lessens liberty. However, I don’t believe this relentless pursuit of power is sustainable. Eventually either the people will rise up or the leader will try to expand beyond his nation’s borders. 


Q: There is a theme of relentlessness throughout the story. The rain, the march, the wheedling words of the guard…Was it difficult to maintain the great tension, or was it the result of several drafts?

Q2: This was several drafts. I remember writing this for a dystopian competition in Sweden but never finished it. I thought of a person being kept alive just because he had a value for the oppressors. I found the thin line the character had to walk enthralling and ended up writing it as a short story for LS. I am happy they (and you)  liked it and if I had more time I would consider expanding it to a novel. 

All the very best Tobias

2 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – Michael by Tobias Haglund”

  1. The forests of state of Oregon are currently hanging above the Puget Sound. But through the thickening haze I am glad to read Tobias’s remarks. They, of course, bear the high standard of all his writing.
    LA
    Think I just saw a raccoon pass by wearing a gas mask.

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  2. Hi Leila,
    The usual praise from me for both your choice and questions!

    Tobias – I can’t tell you how good it is to see your name around the site!
    I was very interested to read that this was a few drafts in the making.
    It really does make sense when I consider the quality of your stories. You are willing to work at everything until you get them the way that you want.
    That shows a professionalism and a patience that not many have got.
    Me, I give any piece about one chance to get more or less what I want, if it doesn’t do as it’s told, it’s living the rest of its existence in Mr Bin.

    Thanks folks!!
    Hugh

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