Friday, May 1, 2009

What You Won't Write

While laying in bed, trying to grab a quick nap a short while ago, my mind was doing its usual thing and running through story ideas. I began thinking about subjects and or themes that I do not ever intend to write about, either within the boundaries of the horror field or speculative fiction overall. Here are two of mine.

1. Violence towards dogs. I love dogs. I enjoy the company of canines over that of most people, even members of my own family. I have always hated it when reading a book or watching a movie, a dog gets killed unnecessarily, either by some wacko killer or by the monster at large. I get that the threat has to be shown and even understand why authors do it, but I'm not fond of it. I have no problem when the death involves some sort of evil dog that represents a threat (like those zombie dogs in the Resident Evil flicks), but I do not ever plan on writing a scene where a dog is murdered. Canine deaths may occur within the story, but they will always happen "off screen." I just don't want to write about a dog (and/or most animals) being killed.

2. Zombies. I love zombie movies. I love zombie novels and stories. However, I don't plan on ever attempting to author one myself. I just feel that I could never hope to bring anything new to what is in my opinion, an already limited subgenre. I did write one short story that was centered around zombies, but those shambling dudes who smell real bad never really showed up in the story. That being said, because I love zombies so much, the idea of writing a zombie story sounds really fun. I do have an idea for a zombie tale and may use that as my first NaNoWriMo project later this year, but I would view it as an exercise only and would never try submitting it.

What topics are taboo at your keyboard?


Natalie L. Sin said...

1. Dogs (same reason as you)

2. Anything overly religious/spiritual. I don't care what characters do, and prefer to encounter a variety of beliefs and opinions in fiction. Nor do I care if I can tell where the author stands, as long as I'm not being beaten over the head. However, there is a line that, if crossed, can make readers feel judged and/or alienated.

3. Hard Sci-fi. If I even tried, the result would be the literary equivalent of two trains full of liquified human waste colliding.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Feminine Hygiene- I know nothing about it, nor do I want to.

Josh Reynolds said...

1. Animals being hurt
2. Kids being hurt

Can't stand either one in real life, can't do it in fiction. I gave it a shot when I wrote a story about Laika, the Russian space dog and I was bawling by the end.

Sue me, I'm a wuss.

K.C. Shaw said...

1. Dogs (and other animals) being hurt, same as you.
2. A main character who betrays someone they care about. I might skirt around it by having events play out so that the main character thinks he/she's betrayed someone and they can angst about it, but really they haven't. I don't know why it bothers me so much. My main characters tend to be intensely loyal; I suspect that's something that's very important to me, so much so that I can't go against it even to make a plot stronger. In fact, a lot of my novels explore the ideas of belonging and loyalties.

Benjamin Solah said...

Wow, I don't know if I have anything I wouldn't write about. There's plenty of things I find objectionable but I love to write about those things to expose why I find them so objectionable.

...aside from that I might avoid erotica. I suck at it.

Horror Girl said...

hi jameson! i don't think i've commented on ur blog, so i felt like introducing myself.

i used to say i would never write about zombies, but then i wrote three zombie stories in a row. though now i think my zombie well is dry.

to jamie - ditto. only i am a woman so i do know a little something. but still. no.

Jameson T. Caine said...

Hi, Horror Girl. Thanks for stopping by!

Jamie - I have four older sisters. I know more about it than I ever wanted to know.

Anonymous said...

I'm like you, but replace dogs with cats. I threw a book in the trash and cried once because of a graphic description of a cat's death in a book once. I know it's pretend, but I can't deal with it.

Also wanted to say I'm glad you brought the B Movie Graveyard back!