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Authors Answer 32 – Controversy

And a couple of other things, now that I think about it.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Controversy. Adding just a little can make a story quite provocative. Some people will demand the books be removed from the library, others will love it. There are so many controversial subjects that could offend someone. But who will write about controversial subjects? Some authors would rather avoid that.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 32: Do you write about any controversial topics?

S. R. Carrillo

I like to think the topics I write about aren’t very controversial, but honestly they prolly are (hm, let’s see – sex, violence, queer stuff, antiheroes, drug abuse, twisted families, incest, etc.). Like, my friggin debut novel is about a gay angel and the lost little demon who always wants to eat him. Can’t say I have any regrets, though – the weirder, the wronger, the more I fall in love with the story. Mwahah.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Honestly? I try to avoid controversial stuff, unless I feel very…

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Authors Answer 31 – Our Projects

“What’s it about?” I’m never particularly good at answering this.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

In celebration of having three new members join Authors Answer this month, the entire month is dedicated to what we do and how we write. We getting down to the basics here. This week, we introduce you to our writing.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 31: What is your current work in progress? What’s it about?

Allen Tiffany

In Dec of 2013, I started a story while I was stuck in a Honda dealership for seven hours. I’ve long struggled with plotting, so it began as an exercise in structuring a story. I would be lying if I told you I knew exactly where I was going when it started, but I did want to keep it simple. This is what it became after three months of writing: A wagon train in the old West bogs down and becomes stuck. They are running out of food and under constant attack by the Indians. The…

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Young adult books I like

Even though I think pointing out bad ideas is pretty important, I don’t want to be known only for what I don’t like. So since my last post was critical of a popular YA book, I thought I give some examples of ones that I do like. This list is by no means intended to be complete or even particularly comprehensive.

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The Divergent dystopia

Dystopia isn’t really my favorite genre, but I can easily name ones that I like. What I definitely don’t like, however, is a dystopia that seems to forget it’s a dystopia halfway through.

(Contains spoilers for Divergent. Based solely on the first book.)

Now, let me start with the premise of Divergent. The implausible origin story believed by the people of Chicago is basically that after a big war, everyone suddenly forgot that cultures, religions, and nations can cause people to do things against their nature, and instead decided that the only cause of evil that they needed to worry about was flaws in human nature itself. And they divided into five factions that each blamed just one specific flaw; each faction devoted itself to the virtue opposite that flaw, again to the exclusion of all else. But children born into one faction are allowed to choose another when they turn 16.

So this isn’t the kind of dystopia that’s based on an exaggeration of current trends. (In reality, there is more criticism of ideas and organizations and less of human nature than there was in the past.) This in itself doesn’t necessarily make it a bad story, but I’m having trouble thinking of a dystopia that’s less socially relevant.

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