For every book we release, we’ll feature an interview with one or two of its major characters. This week we sat down to chat with Prince Dullard and Princess Pleasance from our next book, The Taskmaster by Katherine Vick, which came out yesterday. Let’s see what these two mis-named Royals had to say.
Thinklings: Now that Fodder’s rebellion is over, is there anything you’ll miss about it?
DULLARD: Goodness me, really? You didn’t find all the discoveries we made to be fascinating?
PLEASANCE: I prefer my fascination to take place in reach of a warm bed, good food, and a change of clothes, thank you! That much has certainly not changed!
DULLARD: Well, I suppose you are rather less accustomed to roughing it, as it were. But I, for one, didn’t really mind all that next to the excitement of getting to finally understand our world and how it works. I scarcely know where to begin with all the things I enjoyed learning about! I suppose the very first thing was . . .
PLEASANCE: *lays a hand on his wrist* I’m not sure they need all the specifics, Dullard. You will miss the thrill of discovery. I think they’ve gathered that.
DULLARD: I suppose so. But, of course, we’ll miss spending as much time with Fodder, Flirt, and Shoulders too. Won’t we?
*smiles at Pleasance, who does not smile back and merely raises an eyebrow*
DULLARD: Really? But . . .
PLEASANCE: Best to leave that one as well, I think. Don’t you?
Is there anything (that was within your control) that you wish you had done differently?
DULLARD: I should never have gone outside. If I had come back to check . . .
PLEASANCE: We’ve been through this. It was my own fault. Enough.
DULLARD: But . . .
What would you say was your greatest accomplishment during the rebellion? After it?
DULLARD: Oh dear me, I wouldn’t say I accomplished a great deal, really. I mean, obviously I tried to help as best I could . . .
PLEASANCE: *rolls her eyes* Oh, for goodness’ sake, take some credit for once, will you? The whole thing would have gone to pieces long before if you hadn’t been there. As for myself — I’m quite happy to say my finest hour was the downing of a certain individual for liberties taken. I’m very proud to claim it!
Who do you think is having the most trouble adjusting to the new order of things?
DULLARD: Well, I would imagine most people will be experiencing a certain degree of mental rebalancing. After all, everyone has their own expectations of life to combat and . . .
PLEASANCE: I think he’s trying to say that everyone will have trouble. But they’ll find their own ways to cope.
DULLARD: . . . oh. Yes. I suppose that was what I was trying to say.
PLEASANCE: *smiles smugly*
Do you ever want to go back into The Narrative again?
DULLARD: I have no objections on that score. Not now, anyway.
PLEASANCE: I . . . would have to think about it. Carefully.
A lot of characters have shown their true colors to be different than we previously thought. Whose real nature was the most surprising to you?
PLEASANCE: A lot of the things I’ve learned about certain individuals would have surprised me back before my kidnapping. Especially you. *pokes Dullard in the shoulder* But not anymore. Not really. If there’s one thing this experience has done, it is shatter my expectations!
DULLARD: *smiles* Well, I do find it’s always better to be open to meeting the actual person rather than your expectation of them. The world is a more straightforward place if you endeavour to remove your own prejudices from it and take people as you find them. That’s what led us here, after all.
PLEASANCE: *smiles back* And I wouldn’t be anywhere else. . . .
Thanks, you two! We really enjoyed reading your adventures and wish you the happiest of Happily Ever Afters!
The Taskmaster is available now in paperback and e-book formats! It's perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore.
Click here to read our interview with author Katherine Vick for The Taskmaster, here to read our official book review of it, and here to read a hilarious scene from it in Katherine's blog. Check back next week to read our top ten favorite quotes from the book!
(The Taskmaster is the final book in the Plot Bandits series, which does need to be read in order.)
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