Post Number: 10
|Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 11:11 pm: |
The author makes some good points in this essay. However, she forgets to mention the other side of the story-the demand side. Surely if there wasnít a demand for these types of books (which some people can relate to and others use a mere escape), the books would surely die along with the careers of the authors who write them. Shouldnít she address the audienceís demand as well?
In a capitalistic society (such as ours), material wealth rules. It is evident in politics, entertainment, and especially marketing. ĎIf you drive this car, youíll get the job.í ĎIf you wear these sneakers, youíll get the girl.í If writing trashy novels is the means to money and fame, best believe people will go after it with gusto, regardless of moral issues.
Speaking of ethics, just whose ethics are we referring to here? The author seems to assume that everyone subscribes to her seemingly Judeo/Christian ethics, when in fact a majority of folks are only giving lip service and faking it-listening to N.W.A. on the way to church, beating their kids one day, smiling in the preacherís face the next. Truth is: itís not an authorís job to raise societyís children or shelter them from certain peopleís brand of ethics. Itís the parentsí job.
The argument about having to know the life to write about it is completely bogus. The best fiction writers are the creative ones who would have you believe they know the life. Itís much more difficult than writing a true story, which makes it a skill. Although it does help to write about what you know, it is not a requirement.
The ethical problems she mentions are not a race issue but a society issue. Name one moral problem blacks face that others donít. The glorification of violence? See the Sopranos. Sex without marriage? How about Sex and the City? And as a book reviewer, Iíve seen poorly written work filled with grammatical and spelling errors from authors of all races. Itís not a black thing. Itís an ignorance thing.