Fictional usage of real places in novels and books is quite common in literature and art. New York City, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Chicago, London, and Paris; to name a few are fictional used in thousands of books and movies and no one bats an eye.
Actually, I never gave it a second thought. But what if the place which is fictional use is a small town and if the town does something truly horrendous? Does it affect your work? I don’t know. I don’t see how can it affect your work. You can’t control the action of others. They’re not characters in a story. My sincere consolation goes out to the victim’s family.
I recently learned about a shooting death in Brunswick, Georgia. The place where the Unholy Pursuit Saga is based. In the saga the scene is set five hundred years in the future. I learned about the incident when a reader mentioned the tragedy to me. I’m terribly sorry a young man named Ahmaud Arbery lost his life due mainly to racism. Common sense ought to have told anyone with half of a brain that no burglar worth his salt is going to hit a neighborhood that’s being constantly watched in board daylight.
I selected the small to midsize town as the background for the beginning of the saga because of it’s quaint, sedentary life today and it’s history that steep deep in slavery.
I was sadden to read that the real Brunswick is still stifled with racism and racial tension which needed to have been let go of over 150 years when William T. Sherman marched to the sea.
This young man’s death is a sheer testimony to just how stupid racism is. The whole world is in the death grip of a pandemic where no one knows for sure will they be around a day or two from now; and imbeciles still have their minds on stupidity. We don’t even fully understand what this virus will do. It is not behaving like any the medical community is familiar with. It could do as fire, back-draft, for all we know and the world ends up like 1917-1918. I pray that’s not the case but when dealing with a situation you don’t understand you have no idea what it will do nor what will happen next.
And yet, despite the perilous predicament… there are some idiots out there still with petty racist thoughts and actions when they should be using their energy, thoughts, and mind constructively for just once in their life.
In the infamous word of Bobby Singer: “IDJIT!”