I’d like to begin a discussion on taboo writing subjects and their connection to real life. I believe, as writers, we should find this of great importance. It’s my personal belief that we, as a society, can’t have our cake and eat it too. Many people who demand “safe” topics and “no hurt feelings” as well as many special interest groups are now armed with Twitter and other social media platforms. Will more and more writers begin to question what they can and can not write based on public outcry? Will certain subjects become forbidden? If so where will the line be?
To get the ball rolling I’ll begin with a couple questions.
- As writers, are there topics you consider off limits? We have many deplorable subjects to choose from. Are there any that absolutely should not be written about?
- Do you think a writer who writes stories containing difficult subjects actually likes/agrees with what they are writing about?
- What about an actor’s portrayal of a character? Is an actor who is playing a rapist, for example, merely reading a writer’s script or do you believe that person, having accepted the role, condones rape?
- What about comedians? When they perform are they portraying a character they have written or are they the same person on stage as off? Are they ever allowed to write about controversial ideas which are not in line with their personal beliefs and keep them separate from themselves? In other words, are they a character when performing?
These are tough questions and I truly want your honest answers. Please don’t be afraid to post your opinions and please, let’s all be adults. Keep name calling and all-caps yelling to yourself. Everyone has a right to their opinions, even if they are not in line with your own. If you feel uncomfortable posting an opinion here you can email me at email@example.com.
Next month we’ll continue the discussion based on comments received from this post.