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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
4:10 pm
Authors Lie
Authors lie. It’s true, we do and not just because we craft fictional stories. We are taught in High School and College composition classes that we are required to lie for our readers. We are taught to tell lies about the nature of “Human Nature.” Our lies pass through short stories, novels, plays, films, and television shows to our audiences. We lie and say that every character is consistent; good characters are good people and only do good things. It’s a lie.

Much of humanity likes things to be simple. They want their choices to be clear good/bad options. They want the people they meet to be labeled as Good People (people like us/that we like), Bad People (people different from us/that we don’t like), or Weird People (people different from us/that we like). People aren’t like that. They aren’t just one thing. They are many things and many shades of things; they are complex.

No person in this world is all good or all bad. There is positive in the most negative of us and negative in the most positive of us. We make choices that are varying degrees of good and we make choices that are varying degrees of bad. Characters in our stories are made different.

Even, so called, “three dimensional characters,” in most stories, are still a single facet of the spectrum of life. Antiheroes defy the system, but they ultimately do good for the greater whole. Villains do things that only further their own personal goals. Even “complex” heroes hold to a line-in-the-sand which they will never cross. Heroes can be flawed, but they cannot be inconsistent. A prime example is Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.

I have chosen to not read Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s other novel, because I doubt that she wanted it to be published. Others won’t read it because it supposedly (I have not read it) paints Atticus Finch as a man with racist ideas and beliefs; ideas and beliefs that would have been the norm for his time, culture, and background. Most readers don’t want or can’t handle characters that are inconsistent. The idea that a white man who would fight for justice for an innocent, black man could also be racist is anathema to most readers, most of humanity.

As a general rule, humans like the world to be labeled and ordered. They like people to be definable and boxable. We want our heroes to be without blemish and our villains to be without virtue. Yet, that is never true in life. Our heroes have clay feet and they have done things that are awful. We may not know what they did, but they did them and they are still heroes. Our villains have things and people they love. They try to make the world a better place; it may be better only for them and theirs in their very shortsighted way, but they are trying. Those truths bother most people. They threaten their sense of safety and reality.

We, Authors, have fostered the lies that make humanity fear the truths of complex characters and complex people. In the name of Good Character Development, we have lied and our audiences have believed those lies. I wonder if the time has come for us to stop lying and begin writing true characters and begin a movement for truth, so that our audiences may move toward a more complex understanding of our world.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Friday, July 15th, 2016
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Thursday, July 14th, 2016
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Friday, June 17th, 2016
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Monday, May 2nd, 2016
11:59 pm
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Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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Friday, July 17th, 2015
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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