Things I wish people would write about less:
3. Action movie scripts disguised as books. The action sequence to me seems to be something especially well-suited to the big screen. I know there’s a long tradition of action in literature, going back to The Illiad and The Mahabbarata. But for me personally, if action scenes are what you want to write, write a film script.
4. Zombies. Enough said, except my friend is fixing to loan me a zombie book which she says is amazing. We’ll see.
5. Vampires. I love a good vampire story as much as the next person, though they all pale in comparison to Buffy. But enough is enough. There’s an essay out there, and perhaps someone’s already written it, that would help explain when and why a culture becomes obsessed with vampires. What it tells us about the particular zeitgeist of the times. I don’t know exactly what that essay would say, and welcome anyone whose willing to write it.
1. What happens after the couple rides off into the sunset. See #1 above. This is where it gets interesting, folks. Falling in love is aided by gravity and phermones. What happens when those go away? It’s living with someone and loving them day after day that I think is what’s really interesting, and we do everyone a disservice by not writing about it more. I think it’s fair to say that we spend more of our lives in committed relationships than we do falling in love, so, what’s that all about?
2. What parenting is really like. And preferably, from the perspective of parents. #1 and #2 are two of the reasons I like Nick Hornby so much. He writes about these things, in an honest voice, and it sounds real. And I think this is another area where we do ourselves a disservice. Parenting is hard, and sometimes we have ugly thoughts as parents. I remember when a friend told me that no one made her angrier than her children do and it was such a relief to hear that from someone else. I want some honest depictions of the ups and downs of parenting.
3. Families that aren’t nuclear. As in, blended families, step-families, whatever you want to call them. Dad, mom and two kids is no longer the normal family in the United States. Why does literature (and the movies, and a lot of television) seem to want to pretend it still is? You may have your own opinions on whether it’s a good or bad thing, but it’s reality. Let’s hear some stories about it.