Nothing is more confusing than getting a negative comment for something I’ve written because it has an“unrealistic relationship”. Especially when the person is shopping/reading in the fictional romance section.
Like…you’re talking to a writer who has a book series out about a werewolf. I mean…I’m not in the business of being overly realistic.
If writers wrote realistic relationships, we’d all be bored to fucking tears reading page after page about character A and their SO on the sofa binge-watching Parks and Rec and arguing over whether or not slightly burnt popcorn is worth eating. You’d be falling asleep on your kindle as I wrote chapter after chapter about doing bills and dividing up chores, or the one time they spent driving around the city looking for the curry restaurant they wanted to try, but GPS didn’t work, and they each were convinced they HAD seen it somewhere, but A thought it was on one street–and B thought it was on another. They eventually cave, and call the restaurant. They were both wrong.
Thrilling, I know. What a page turner.
And the sex. The sex.
“Can you just…”
“Hold on my knee hurts…”
“Wait there’s something under my ass…oh what the fuck, who put a spoon in the bed?”
“What? I was eating ice cream? WHAT? I had a craving.”
Like…wow if you aren’t hot now……
But seriously, the biggest critique I get is that, “They fell in love too fast,” and the funny part is, at least in my personal experience, that’s the most realistic thing I wrote. My SO and I told each other we loved each other after three dates. And we’re still happy, still married, etc. Of all the things I’ve ever written, falling in love nearly at first sight is one of the most real things that’s ever happened to me. And I know it’s not everyone, but it does happen. It exists.
This isn’t to discourage people from leaving reviews or comments, either, but it’s maybe just a reminder that we aren’t reading romance novels, or fanfic, or fiction at all–because we want reality. We read fiction because we want an escape from it. We want the whirlwind romance and happy endings, and resolved drama because real life isn’t always any of that. It’s okay for a fiction novel to be unrealistic. It is, after all, fiction.
A girl fights a Pokemon character in a parking lot and gets sucked into a Pokeball. A mustachioed man, pretending to be El Chapo, runs through a cave, then a fast food restaurant, and then a mall, in search of Donald Trump, who viewers see video of making denigrating comments about Mexicans. A young man satirizes the spare dishes presented in fancy restaurants.
These are the types of wacky, of-the-moment videos that will be missed, now that Twitter is winding down its video app, Vine. (To be clear, Vine says it won’t delete its videos. As least, for now. They will be preserved for your perusal.)
And though people all across the internet are eulogizing Vine for its “mirthful” videos and for the gaping six-second hole it’ll leave in our collective hearts, this is also a particular loss for young people of color. Vine is home to a distinctly younger — and browner and blacker — user base. According to a Pew Research Center survey last year, almost a quarter of teens used Vine; and of those surveyed, 31 percent identified as black (non-Hispanic) and 24 percent as Hispanic.
In its short lifetime, Vine became a powerful platform for protests over police-involved shootings. Black and brown activists shared videos from places such as Ferguson, Mo., providing a visceral understanding of those events.
Vine was especially crucial for incubating black talent and launching careers.