This amuses the hell out of me. XD The kid is all upset about people putting things she doesn’t personally consider “art” on a website- but is more than happy to break actual laws. Like saying that she wants to kill me. =)
I might also mention that the photo she’s bitching about is me fully dressed with a bit of cleavage. =p
People need to stop pretending that their problems have anything to do with the law and admit that they are bigots.
I’ll also mention that I have zero intention to actually report the kid- I just wanted to point out that what she said was illegal. ;)
friendly reminder that the only reason fictional characters “choose” anything is because real actual people write them that way
This why I couldn’t with JR Ward saying that no queer women or vampire women of color had “appeared to her”. She claimed her characters were in charge when fans asked for more diversity. Meanwhile it’s okay for V and Wrath to co-opt whatever she considers to be AAVE.
Authors refusing to take responsibility for what they create is why I have almost no patience for the whole “muse” and “my characters are in charge” style of talking about writing
Proper writer definitions.
“Muse" = "noises cats makes."
”My characters are in charge" = "I have no confidence in my own imagination"
OR “No, no, no, that’s what my characters say and think, not me. Really…”
Also why it’s perfectly acceptable to call comic companies on the bs outfits they put female characters in. If a cosplayer (or anyone!) wants to run around in fishnets, high heels and a low cut leotard, that’s their choice, and their right. No body policing, no shaming. If a comic company slaps a ‘super hero crime fighter’ in this same getup, I’m calling them sexist assholes. The character didn’t ‘choose’ anything. A guy who wanted to draw women like that did.
ACTUALLY a very very very good writer CAN make their characters say things that they don’t personally think/believe.
This is something that only good authors can do. Otherwise it just looks like preaching. Seriously- I don’t equate that to anything else in this list. It’s good if your characters in your novels have a diverse quantity of opinions and it’s even better if the reader can feel like the characters themselves think their opinions are good/correct. That leaves you- the reader- to decide how you feel about it.
TOTALLY unrelated to the point of this post. I agree with the over all message entirely. 500% do I agree. Why not just say “Well- I grew up with a bunch of white heteronormative people- and literature always portrays these people anyway- so I just didn’t think that I should change things. Now that you’ve pointed it out- I will fix it, because it’s fucked that literature works like this.”
But characters having really backwards morals and shitty views is a pleasure to read. Just keep it diverse. ;)