I came across this great article in the Deseret News not to long ago, and I’d like to share a snippet from it with all of you. It concerns the difference between depicting Immorality in the media vs. depicting Amorality. It was written by Linda and Richard Eyre and though it is specifically talking about movies, I think what they says applies to literature as well.
This gave me serious food for thought. I think to have a good book, you need to depict someone or something showing immoral behavior. Without a villain, most stories fall flat. You probably even need to even show most of your characters doing things that are wrong. The clincher is that as a good writer, you need to depict truth. If your characters mess up, it is your duty to depict realistic consequences. Even if you are writing fantasy or science fiction, readers still expect realistic consequences.
I believe that depicting amorality is not only bad writing, but a dangerous precedent to set. Especially when writing fiction targeted at teens and young people, I feel the responsibly not to depict amorality. If you are what you eat, to some degree you are also what you read, watch, or otherwise consume. I will not be the purveyor of moral junk food.
What are your thoughts on the matter? How do you see the difference between depicting immorality and amorality?
I had a wonderful writing week. I submitted my latest work “The Lost Barge” to an interested publisher and I’m crossing my fingers. I wrote over 15,000 words, spread out between my two works in progress, one of which is the sequel to The Last Archangel and the other I would still like to keep under wraps for a bit. I’m hoping for another great writing week.
For a chance to win the Last Archangel, there is a giveaway on the Fire and Ice blog: