One thing I have enjoyed about being a writer/author is the support of others in my profession. Technically we are in competition with each other, but I have never seen it viewed that way. I have been warmly embraced by my fellow writers and authors. They have been free with advice and support. It has been a wonderful thing! And I have tried to return the favor by helping and supporting them and encouraging aspiring authors.
There is an exception to this. I’m not a fan of those that tarnish this profession. I must say that 50 Shades of Grey has crossed the line for me. It is porn not art. You may not agree with me, that is certainly your choice, but let me elaborate a bit.
I have been married for over 30 years. The intimacy that my husband and I share is special, but it is “intimate” which means “private and personal”! I wouldn’t want my children to walk in on us. Why would I want others to “walk in on” my fictional characters?
So, I’ve told you what I wouldn’t want in a book – what would I want? I would want a book that uplifts, encourages, teaches. I want my children to be loving, forgiving, caring individuals. So, while I don’t think a novel needs to be heavy-handed with these morals, I do believe there should be a positive take-away once you are done reading.
Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I admit I’ve never actually read the aforementioned book. However, it’s not actually a big secret what it’s about. You could criticize this. But, to use an extreme example – do you need to do drugs to know they’re not good and that they should be avoided?
I truly believe that novels should lift us up, not help us wallow in our more baser selves.