Before I started to write the series over twenty years ago I dedicated myself to reading lot of books. I mean lots of modern books. I mean so many I was covering as many as four to five books a week. But I started to notice two common themes in modern literature that wasn’t always the case in older literature.
- The bad guys always wins.
- Everybody must die.
So I asked myself why? Why does the bad guys always win, and everybody has to die including the cats and dogs? Is that a set-in stone norm for an enjoyable book? I think not. I know that death is a part of life. All living things die. Why can’t someone write a story where the secondary character moves away to another city or break up with a love interest and move on with their life. That’s happens too, you know. Death is so final.
I find stories more interesting if a couple age together, go through all the ups and downs of a relationship. It’s easy to immortalize someone and profess great love for them when they are no longer there to get on your nerves. I let the characters live so their love will be tested. Will it survive?
I also started to notice that death was the easiest way to deal with a character when you have no idea what else to do with them.
Again, I decided to test the literary waters. Write stories where the bad guys don’t always win. In some cases, the bad guys get the pure living snot kicked out of them by the good guys. That happens more often than it’s fun to know.
I decided to write stories where everybody doesn’t die in case I want to use that character again without anyone performing necromancy.
Yes, for some characters death is inevitable but I didn’t want my series to be nothing but books of bones and graveyards.
Another thing I noticed a common thread of modern books is the gross, horrible treatment of women and girls. If it’s a best seller you can almost bet girls and women are being treated as thus they aren’t human beings. That’s one of the things that made me stop looking at the best sellers list and started searching among unknown authors’ works for something enjoyable to read.
I know these things exist in real life and for humanity reasons I do not shy away from writing about them. But I don’t feel the human right agenda is the whole reason for the vast majority of their popularity. I sense a lot of hidden misogynistic views propelling their popularity. I know everyone is entitled to read what they wish but I get a little leery when I see the most popular book is one is writing about treating humans like trash again and again. I have put some down when the story speaks of nothing else but the sex and brutality. And as a former student of psychology that tells me a lot about what people real views truly are no matter they openly profess. I am fully aware of the ugliness of human nature it has always existed and always will but I don’t feel it should be rewarded.
I think young girls and women need to see that being treated like this is not normal. And boys and men need to see that guy good does win sometimes and that killing isn’t the answer to every problem.