Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Dan Dreyfus: The Missing Years
In a now-scrapped short story, Dan Dreyfus is first introduced. His name in that story was actually Dan Freeman, but for A Hero's Journey I decided that since Emma and Becky had alliterative names, why shouldn't Dan? So I changed it to Dreyfus like the star of Jaws and Mr. Holland's Opus and also because it sounded similar to Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II) in Watchmen, which is the kind of silly, meaningless joke I enjoy.
In the short story, Dan is actually the curator for the city's historical society, while Emma is the curator of the natural history museum. In that story they're also about the same age and have a more conventional relationship. There's a paragraph relating how since they're so busy at their jobs they hardly could find time to be together and wound up making out while watching Benjamin Button--a play on the Seinfeld episode where he and his date make out during Schindler's List and get spotted by Newman. Anyway, in this story their relationship was more grown up than in the novel. But Dan pretty much stayed the same in personality. He was always the nice guy who loves Emma.
In that short story Dan briefly becomes the Scarlet Knight after Emma is incapacitated. Then he winds up being killed by the Black Dragoon. So maybe it's a good thing I scrapped that story, at least for Dan.
E is for Emma Earl: What's in a Name?