Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Monday, May 09, 2016
We ended where mid-pilot Rebecca believed she needed to be all along, wrapped in Josh's arms. In another show I might have called it quits. Not because I dislike Josh, or love, or happiness but because as they exist right now, Rebecca and Josh are not a good choice for each other. But the thing that is clear to me is that the show knows this. In another show, in another movie, would be presented as super romantic, at a wedding (that they both came to with other people) while a song (sung by the lovely Lea Salonga who in the context of this show is that meddling aunt who always makes things about her by grabbing a mike and singing this song) they left their significant others (sort of, because Greg went home drunk and may or may not be aware how much his world has changed) and came together and celebrated this by sneaking into the parking lot and having sex in what look suspiciously like Josh's sister's honeymoon transportation. In other shows and movies we would hand wave away those tiny niggling details as unimportant.
But I believe "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" fully intends to examine this. Along with the reality that Josh loves how Rebecca makes him feel right up until he becomes aware that she also has a load of hopes and dreams about him. They may be different from the ones that Valencia had for him, but they are still there.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Greg told us and himself early on that Rebecca was his type in kind of the worst way - "you're smart and you're ignoring me, so you're obviously my type." He upped the ante by singing (singing!) "Settle for Me". Basically Greg likes Rebecca and has continued to like her even when this has not been the best choice for him. He dated Heather for her ability to see past some of his BS about his family, and then lost her when he couldn't quite quit the Rebecca habit. And then he spent the day at the grocery store helping a grocery store clerk try to woo his fellow clerk who had been ignoring him in favor of the flashier guy. Grocery store clerk did not get his girl. And while grocery store woman realized the error of her ways, Greg was on his way to fully accepting the thing that we often forget in long romantic story arcs on TV shows. Sometimes being the guy (or girl) that waits in the wings silently liking does not mean that one day that person were realize you were there all along. Sometimes it just means you stopped looking at other people. And just as Rebecca has pinned all these romantic hopes on a guy she kissed when she was a teenager, Greg has pinned his romantic hopes on a woman who went on a date with him because he was friends with the guy she was after. And while that would make and adorable how we met story to tell the grandkids, it could just as likely be the story of the guy who misses the truth. Who pines after a woman who doesn't really want him while ignoring a slightly more stable woman.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
In the discussion of _Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass_ one of the notes that was made was that the main character doesn't swear, she is sworn at. So, it is a YA book that contains, as some people like to call it, language, but it is about being bullied, about having such words directed at you.
To make an imperfect leap, a book that is currently experiencing a large amount of scrutiny has racial slurs being used in what I imagine is intended to be an adorable moment between to two lovers. It's still hurtful language, but it's especially jarring to the reader when they have reason to believe the characters are in a safe space. Yes, the characters were joking about thinks others might say, but like a lot of things of late that have fallen flat, knowing your audience is key. Using racially charged language or ableist language or homophobic language or language that belittles or others people is not off limits to authors. But putting such language in the mouths of your main characters is a big deal. And if you cannot do so in a way that doesn't harm your readers then yes, you just shouldn't. (I'm not linking to the author on this mostly because I don't want to give her more publicity. The publisher in question has apologized and taken steps to try to better catch such things in their editing process.)
Some people have suggested that you can't win, you get dinged for writing only people that look like you, you get dinged for writing people that don't look like you wrong. And well, yes, that's true. Writing people who operate like people is hard. It requires work, and thought, and research. If you don't like studying and learning about all kinds of people, you may not be ready to be a writer. I would never create a character from Nebraska without doing a lot of research since I don't know what's different or the same about Nebraska, the same is true for other choices you make about your characters.
And if you get something wrong, apologize. Learn. Grow. Because being wrong about your character's language is both the same and different then being wrong about the kind of gun they used. The same because mistakes happen. You hope to learn better for next time. Different because if you were wrong by making your characters racist or homophobic or something else, you caused actual harm to your readers. And in this patriarchal, racist, queerphobic society, readers are hoping this book is a safe space. If you screwed that up, then yeah. It's a big deal. But it's not just a big deal to you. They got betrayed by the story they were reading. So yes, there is concern when writing. That's part of the job.
Monday, May 02, 2016
It was the WRW In the Company of Writers Retreat again this weekend. It was a great time and I got to hang with old writer buds and meet new writer buds, and see who won a Marlene. Sarah Maclean talked about writing the dragon, since it was the feast of Saint George, known for his dragon, er, taming. Sarah Morgan talked about how writing books that touch people was just as important as being a healthcare worker (and that writers could make sure their fictional doctors always said the right thing to patients). There were workshops and panels about writing, conflict, panic, and more. There was romance jeopardy, which is not fair. And secrets were revealed about final speaker Angele Mcquade who encouraged us to dream bigger. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful local chapter and every time I whine about them making me get up early on weekends, know that while I do hate waking up early, they are worth it.