How can contemporary fiction cope with the rapid
changes of today’s world?
I write contemporary erotic fiction, so in a very real way, I'm always reflecting the issues of today in my work...at least as it pertains to the personal behavior of my characters. How so?
Back in the day, heroines were always virginal until marriage. In fact, there is a market for this kind of fiction still. Some readers do not want any sex with their romance. They prefer to imagine it, if they think about it at all. They want it to happen behind closed doors. This is called Sweet, or Inspirational romance, in the world of romance. I don't have any bias against this kind of romance, it's just not what I want to read...or write.
I'm the daughter of a woman who talked like a feminist, but never had the courage to live like one. So I took her words to heart, and became a feminist. I believe that women belong in the working world, if they want to be, or must be, and that they deserve equal pay for equal work. I think there should be affordable, quality daycare for the young children of today's working families, since the economy has morphed into one that requires two salaried parents to afford the bills. And I believe that sex is a wonderful part of being alive, and that it shouldn't be regarded as dirty or for married couples only. So when I write about two people falling in love, of course they are going to want to have sex, and I'm going to write about it. A couple discovers through having sex together, whether or not they are compatible in the bedroom. If they aren't, that should be the death knell for their relationship. If one of them wants to have sex 3 times a day, and the other would be happy with once every two weeks (and I have met men and women both, whose sex drives are like both of my examples!), then they don't belong together, because neither of them will be happy or getting what they want from each other.
So I do believe that the inter-personal changes that come with living in today's modern society, can be written into fiction. But other current changes I prefer to leave out of my fiction. I'd never touch the third rail of politics in a book, because that's a sure way to lose a large portion of my readers, who may not agree with my politics coming out of a character's mouth. I did deal in my two vampire books, with the fear generated around the Mayan End of Time, that was supposed to be in the year 2012. For a while, it was all over the internet and newspapers, with people being told to get themselves ready for the end of time, that was supposed to accompany the dates on the Mayan calendar, which ended abruptly after the 20th tonne. That was the year I got the first book published. I was glad I got it done in time, because like anything else, it now appears dated. Usually I don't put dates of any kind in my books. These two books explain why...though I do plan on self-publishing them during the summer, because they are still good reads.
I think we need to be careful not to render our writing dated by having characters discuss things that are happening in a specific year. But that's just me. To find out what the other authors on this loop feel about this topic, please visit them. We all love it when you leave comments! I'll be checking out their sites myself soon. Meanwhile, check out my previous post, with news about my soon-to-be-released werewolf book.
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
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Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.com