Week 67 – Keeping It Real

typewriterWell this was Easter week, which means some things to some and other things to others. My only thought is, I wish I could comprehend what type of reasoning allows kids to gorge themselves with chocolate. I don’t understand the relevance. Same with rabbits! Glad to see that some pet stores are not selling the poor wee beasties at this time of year to stop idiot kids getting them as presents from their idiot parents. Anyway, I can only hope that you enjoyed your holidays in whatever way you wanted!

We have had a few discussions over the past couple of weeks that have made me think on this post. We haven’t fallen out or anything. No dummies spat out or wine spilled. There was no bad language or joining cults to be understood. We have just had a few debates on a very interesting writing related topic…When does realism stop and escapism start. It is a difficult balance. If we are talking about rainbows who join the French Foreign Legion and save the world from The Aardvark people, we can safely say that we are in escapism mode. The problem with certain stories is when they are meant to be realistic but some of the content niggles the reader. I think that medium ground is what is off putting and the main problem. One way or another is easy as long as you either have the imagination to pull it off or you know your subject. If you don’t know, winging it can stand out from within the words. Facts are easy to find out but the experience of a situation or a type of person, that is what must be fully understood. I could never write about any positive thinking, romantic, religious types as I have no understanding of how this person thinks. It is a bit crazy for anyone to try and write of a type that they don’t know. It either comes across as stereotypical or insulting. The insult can be to both the reader and the character.

I have an idea that I might get slated for this but one film that I watched and thought was the biggest culprit of this type of escapism / knowledge of type, confusion was ‘Forrest Gump’. If it had gone for pure escapism, that may have been fine. If it had aimed for a truthful portrayal of the characters difficulties, that would have been fine also. But to mix the thoughts and to have an idea that as long as you were a good person you could achieve anything was clumsy and crass. Tying in some pretty serious subjects within this type of story telling just didn’t work. Be one or the other. Don’t be like the multi Oscar winning ‘Forrest Gump’, success is so overrated! I have never forgiven this film for bombing out ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Okay, now to talk about our wonderful stories of the week! We had a few newbies, which is always exciting. We say a huge ‘Welcome’ and we look forward to more submissions!

I haven’t been slated from any of my fellow editors for giving away their thoughts, so I will do the same this week.

The start of the week is still Monday – So no change there. And there is no change in the quality that Irene Allison keeps sending us. ‘Sunrise At Nugaras’ had us commenting:

‘Another gem crafted by a superb writer’

‘Excellent stuff, a great story to read’

On Tuesday we had another consistently brilliant writer. Tom Sheehan sent us his tale ‘Code Blue’

‘It swept me along just like the brook!’

‘There’s a touch of class about everything Tom writes.’

Now for the newbies.

On Wednesday we had Daniel Mark with his story, ‘Train To The City’.

‘I like brave writers. This guy is clearly talented.’

‘Unusual, well written, with some nice turns of phrase’

This brings us to Culley Holderfield who submitted ‘Shadow Chaser’ and this was our posting on Thursday.

‘Proficiently put together.’

‘I applaud anyone who takes on this type of genre.’

And guess what, the end of the week is Friday. (This obvious stating is getting a bit annoying – Even for me and I am writing the inaneness!!)

There was nothing inane about Alan Gerstle’s observations with his short ‘Newt Logic’. (These links are also annoying me a bit. I need to make a mental note to stop!)

‘It was an odd look at life.’

‘Wonderful voice, observations and entertaining style of writing.’

We thank all these authors for such an eclectic mix of stories. They were all a joy to read and discuss.

So that’s us for another week. Who needs imagination when all you have to do is rescue a bunny and mean it, eat some chocolate, watch some Tarantino and keep it real when relevant to do so!

Hugh

 

Header image: By Jim Linwood from London [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

6 thoughts on “Week 67 – Keeping It Real

  1. ‘The problem with certain stories is when they are meant to be realistic but some of the content niggles the reader.’ Too many stories, Hugh, fall into this trap. What I believe happens in some cases is that the writer is aping another story – often unconsciously – rather than writing their own.

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  2. Hi Adam, it is difficult if not near impossible to be completely original. But you make a fair point about clarity. If the writer accepts what they are trying to do, they are half way there.
    All the very best my friend.
    Hugh

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