The first invalid assumption you can make is that things are opposed to each other. In my earlier post I talked about “Fat One vs. Thin One” mentality, drawing from the argument about extreme body types for women. These two women are not enemies. They are working together to distract from the millions of overlooked other women, with overlooked bodies and overlooked feelings about body image.
Result? No one ever asks; Why aren’t THOSE women ever shown in media? I look like a typical woman. Why do no actresses and models look like ME? (Not like someone fat. Like ME.)
The same is true of Star Wars, for example. Instead of asking, “Why didn’t the fans like the prequels” or “why are they kicking recent Star Wars actresses off of Instagram” people should ignore this whole argument and ask, “Why do you care about Star Wars at all? How can cheesy action movies inspire so much hysteria?”
Books vs. Movies, another golden Fat One/Thin One. Instead of arguing because “the movie can NEVER be as good as the book” you should ask, “The movie is an acted-out version of a book. What are you getting out of the book that the movie can’t offer?”
For my books, the same is true. People have never asked me WHY I wrote any of my books. They have often compared me to other people, other authors, or just other young women in what they believed was my situation. They’ve often also set up my writing against an imaginary other life I might be very suited to. (THIS IS ANOTHER FAT ONE/THIN ONE!) But they’ve never asked me WHY I want to write or what was my motive behind doing a particular story.
You see, if you create arguments that aren’t there, you will be talking about something that doesn’t matter, and you’ll never get to the truth. If you wanted to find out something, you should have been asking another question from the start.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, Star Wars fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.