Sunday, August 16, 2009
In Defense of "Fluff"
Recently, a fellow author and friend described my writing as "light and fluffy," because my characters aren't trying to save the world from evil or an alien invasion. I write contemporary m/m erotic romance, so there really isn't a Big Bad for them to be struggling against, but that wasn't his main point.
That description is not entirely accurate. I'll agree that in general, there isn't a lot of angst or darkness in my work, and especially in shorter pieces, nothing horribly bad happens to either of the main characters. Generally, in short stories, the conflicts are internal, and in longer pieces, there is an additional external conflict. My novel-length work has more room to explore deeper problems and more complicated storylines, but again, nothing is particularly dark--the fate of the world or the planet is not in jeopardy. That's not to say it isn't dramatic.
I don't see a problem with this. In fact, I think it's a good thing. As a reader, I like to escape into a world that's very different from real life if at all possible. Just take a look at some of the recent events reported in the news, with murder-suicide incidents becoming increasingly common and horrific stories of parents harming their own children. In fact, Texas and the Carolinas appear to be the most dangerous states. I feel downright safe in Oakland, California.
Add to that the state of the economy and that more people I know are out of work than in it, and it's almost too much to deal with on a daily basis. Some days I'm afraid to take a look at the news.
Given that real-life provides more than enough angst and evil, I enjoy writing (and reading) stories with happy endings. Why not believe that two people who belong together figure how to find each other and end up together? I'm not saying my stories don't have conflict and drama. They do. You cannot have an interesting story without conflict, but it's not necessary to have violence and evil to make a compelling storyline.
So, I'm happy to be able to provide hot, sexy stories with likable characters and happy endings. Don't we all deserve happy endings now and then?
How do you feel about "light and fluffy" writing? Do you find darker stories more enjoyable? Does there need to be impending doom to drive a story? How often do you turn to books for a temporary escape from real-life pressures and problems?
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Posted by EM Lynley at 12:11 PM