Well I finally got a second to sit down and take a break from the million other things I have to do to write this post out. I feel that I wright more posts that say something along the lines of I am sorry that I am not getting to posts more often than I do actually writing posts. Odd how that happens.
Anyways how is everyone doing? Great I hope. So let’s get right into today’s topic. Let’s get political, political. Bah Bah Bah. Not sure why that reminds me of that song but it does. But let us not stop there with the awkward topics that make people cringe, let’s throw religion in there as well.
Now I know what most of you are going to think, why are we talking about such serious and controversial topics? Well actually we aren’t. I want to talk about not talking about those topics. Not sure if you guys have ever noticed but I don’t talk about those topics here or in books, at all. The reason for that is my goal has always been and will always be creating escapes from reality. That’s what I do and that’s what I love. So when I go online and start reading an Indie story where the main characters must fight an evil overlord named Trump, didn’t even bother trying to change the name, it loses its magic. You break rent the veil between reality and imagination. I don’t care about your personal believes when I am reading your book, I care about your characters believe and the world they live in. If you want underline parts of the story with similarities to our world and things going on around us ok do it tastefully to where the reader says hey that reminds me of this or that. Don’t spell it out where it pulls the reader out of the world you have created and makes them go dang how did this get in here? I see so much junk about who is lying about this or that everywhere I look. One website says things are great while another says things are about to blow up. I see enough of that when I pick up a fantasy novel I shouldn’t see that exact same thing plastered on the pages with the same names. I feel like if you want to write about how you feel about these topics then write about that, start a blog about those topics that you find important. Don’t trick readers into thinking I am going to see knights fighting a dragon only to find out the dragon is being ridden by the 45 president.
I know I will get some slack for this post about how it’s their right as the author to express their feelings. I agree it is their right, I am not saying it’s not. All I am saying is that if you are going to write where it is that obvious you should not sell it as a completely original fantasy series. You shouldn’t put the disclaimer in the front that says any likeness to people alive or dead is completely blah blah blah. Not if your villain is described as someone we all know to a T and you didn’t even bother changing their name. It ruined the story for me, not because of how I feel about the current state of politics but because I wanted a made-up world with made up people and made up problems. That’s what I was promised when I read the bio, that’s what I wanted. I felt like I was cheated and it makes the writer look bad because it makes me doubt their ability as a fiction writer. It makes me wonder if they don’t have the talent to come up with their own ideas. If they do and they did this on purpose, then they should put it on the stupid cover or bio. Hey guys this is a fantasy world with a play on US. Politics as evil emperor Trump tries to build a wall around his castle to keep the peasants out. Then I would know what I am reading and I would know if I wanted to buy it or spend my time reading it. In a nut shell, properly label your genre and what your book is about, that is all.