Writing the White Elephant Through Fiction

There I've mentioned it, or slightly, there I've written about it-and … it performs a job in my novel. In it are sure topics some folks say shouldn’t be written about. I confer with such because the White Elephant (s). Typically there may be multiple. Some critics say, Oh no not one other novel about incest, or oh no, not one other novel about psychological sickness, or oh no, not one other novel about teenage drug use, and naturally the character should not be white. Effectively I say, perhaps these topics are white elephants, that which we all know exist, as they sit within the room taking over all our respiration area … however we simply don’t need to learn or hear about them. In spite of everything it’s so … so trite.

Effectively, perhaps my novel will not be actually nearly these points, however perhaps … simply perhaps, these points play some main or minor half within the characters' lives I write about. And that the white elephant turns into much less white, much less black, extra grey and even brown. What does that imply, precisely? My narrator is a lady of shade, however contemplating that she has functioned in a white world for thus lengthy, it doesn’t happen to her that her hybridity is a stumbling block, or any block to something in any respect. She simply occurs to know multiple language and that language is generally shared along with her aged mom. As well as, the ladies within the novel battle with the problem of being seen as sexual objects by those that mustn’t see them as such. An previous story, one which no person cares to listen to about anymore, proper ?!

All I can consider is after I was sending out my novel to brokers and publishers for over a 12 months, a few of them have been very fascinated by seeing extra of it than simply the fundamental question letter, however there have been a couple of who simply didn’t need to learn something that included incest or the phrase molestation. OMG excuuuse me. I suppose then these sorts of challenges in folks's lives ought to simply be ignored or not talked about, or not written about. Are they over performed? Have we learn an excessive amount of about such issues? Perhaps we should always simply faux that these issues do probably not occur. I imply in the event that they do, why ought to we care?

I suppose it's the previous argument that solely when issues hit near residence, can we care about them. Sound just a little trite. But it surely's true … none of us actually perceive what it's wish to really feel the anguish of a loss or a wiping wound that won’t cease aside from that form of white elephant has emerged from closeted darkness and demanded consideration within the very heart our kitchens , bedrooms, or residing rooms and choked the life out of us so acutely that we’ve forgotten how you can really feel the heat of the solar on our faces. And by the identical token ought to we simply not write or examine such agony, as a result of, goodness, we’d bore the reader or viewer? I’m wondering as I sit and stare at a white elephant staring again at me.

Source by Linda Overman