The title of the Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction Blogoversary Party hasn’t worked the way I expected it to, so I would like to make some clarifications:
I will “celebrate three years of Pagan Culture by rewriting stereotypes about witches in fiction,” but you, my Wicked Luvs, should “use your artistic weapon of choice to reshape the fictional stereotype that annoys you the most.”
See, you don’t have to discuss stereotypes about witches, sexuality, death, gender, spirituality… or any other topic I often blog about. I wish you to explore the things, in fiction, that rub you the wrong way. Here are 13 examples, in no particular order, which I’ve collected from eye-rolling readers and writers:
1. Heroines have long, golden, flowing hair
2. Big Black guys are criminals
3. Faeries are sweet little things that grant wishes
4. Stepmothers are scornful, jealous bitches
5. The number 13 is unlucky
6. Magic is glamour and lightning bolts
7. Gay equals promiscuous
8. Witches are ugly, evil, hook-nosed, and of course, female
9. Hispanic women are hookers or maids
10. Blonde and big-breasted translates to dumb
11. Witches celebrate Christmas and worship Satan
12. Pit Bulls are bloodthirsty, killing machines *eye roll*
13. Vampires burst into flames under the sun,
Another thing, you don’t have to write fiction or write at all. You can write about a book or a topic that interests you. If you are one of my painter or crafter friends, please show all your whimsical colors, textures and shapes. With the Sexy, Dark & Bloody Party, I wish to celebrate diversity of expression, and most of all I want all of us to have a blast!
There is so much that can be done with the theme of this party. I titled it Sexy, Dark & Bloody after a poem that was born out of my own feelings about stereotypes in fiction. But the things you share need not to be sexy, dark or bloody; discuss any fictional stereotype that makes you cringe, roll your eyes or just puke on someone else’s shoes. Here is the dramatic monologue that inspired the title:
Sexy, Dark and Bloody
One said my fiction was uncultured, unliterary, unworthy… a slap on his highbrows.
The other implied my non-baby-eating witches were not real enough for her mythology.
Their speculative analysis of my last tale, suggested I’ve wasted scholarly writing skills.
I write sexy. My heroines are big breasted, big gunned and big brained.
They hide NOT behind manly arms. Their shields and weapons need no testosterone.
Strong women, who might take a man, ride him hard… love him? Maybe.
I write dark. My dearest characters enjoy loving each other to death; often.
They are afraid sometimes, until they can make corpses out of manmade Fear.
If Dread fights back, my heavily armed protagonists terrorize and maim his courage.
I write bloody. My tales bathe in gore… rip out tongues… severe limbs.
They are visceral; of the flesh; from the gut; driven through the heart;
Alive with fluids; hurting with broken bones; missing eyeballs, but NEVER a spine.
Life is sexy, dark, bloody… it’s exciting. I’ll continue writing fictions about it.
Won’t you join the Sexy, Dark and Bloody fun?
|So there I was... looking for an image that went well with this post.|
I typed 'clarification,' and this came up.
I wasn't going to post it because, well, it doesn't really have a whole lot to do with this post.
Then I read the comments... and freaking ROARED. People can be so funny.
So here it is: "A Critical Analysis of Twilight" at Fanpop!
Take a second to read the comments.
They are brutally hilarious when comparing fictional Edward to Robert, "the greasy, sloppy guy."