“Every one of us has a story to tell. Even the ones like you, who say they don’t.” I told A the other day while responding to a simple question posed by him, “Why do you write so much fiction these days?”
It’s true. Every one has been blessed by nature with an imagination that has led to the invention of wheel to the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci or the symphonies of Mozart to the poems of Keats. The only difference is who is prepared to let that imagination run wild and take its course and who chooses to let it simmer down and eventually meet its unfortunate death.
I haven’t yet explored this facet of my writing enough, but I must confess that playing God to a character gives me a definite high! The fact that I can turn someone’s destiny with simply a few hits on the keyboard makes me feel mighty and powerful. The best part though is having the liberty to develop and share the germ of an idea that keeps crawling in my head with people who can probably understand it.
For A, reading is strictly restricted to newspapers (How I get him to read my blog, only I know!) and he loves to share any piece of news that might interest me, since mostly he claims the copy first. With so many disturbing things happening in the world around us, many times he ends up with the expression, “How can anyone do this?”
Which brings me to the question I asked A, and would also like my readers to help me with. Since A doesn’t read much, he bowed out of it. My readers, I assume, would be more forthcoming.
What is more disturbing for you; a violent story complete with deceit and gore, or a similar true story where the bloodshed has actually taken place?
For argument sake let us keep this limited only to printed medium. In my opinion, truth does sometimes influence our thoughts and limits, but gore of any kind is just as disturbing. Did you read my Mahabharata post?
What is your take on this?