Conveying Certain Ideas in Fiction

I have a friend. Let's call her Quimi, because 1, that's her name, and 2, I'll be linking to her tumblr for this, so there's no point in calling her Trini. You may have figured out she made a tumblr post, which gave me something to talk about.

I do plan on publishing a couple of reviews of at least six interesting stories written by a couple of good friends of mine—just currently swamped with trying to not fail a course. So there's that.

I'm getting really tired of fics where Steve is incapable of swearing.



HE SWEARS IN THE MOVIE. During the battle, while arguing with Tony and the others, situations where it would not be surprising to hear any normal person cuss. IT'S CANON, GUYS.

Now, as a general rule, I don't care if people swear or not. That doesn't mean anyone should—after all, society frowns on swearing in certain areas like schools, work, etc. I'm just generally not bothered unless the swearing is 'excessive' or 'inappropriate'. (In quotation marks because those terms are self-defined in this context.)

Everyone is different.

As a joke, I read Quimi Adam Mansbach's "Go the Fuck to Sleep" one night, because she wanted a bedtime story. She stopped me after three? pages, because the repeated usage was bothering her, or so I understood. I'm not bothered by it. I find the story hilarious: it's a bedtime story for adults (obviously), but Mansbach hasn't sworn indiscriminately. Sure, he swears once a page, but he's set each page up for it to end in a "go the fuck to sleep" statement, and some of them… it's just hilarious.

I am also biased by the fact that my father has read it to me twice, and when Audible released Samuel L. Jackson reading it for free, I got it… and Jackson is just SO GOOD…

It does bother me when people write stories and swearing is 'forbidden'.

There's a joke: "Fred always called a spade a spade, until one night when he tripped over a fuckin' shovel". I find it funny, but it means a bit more to me than just a bit of colourful humour.

I do not object to people saying something like "My husband called me the c-word"—that is an appropriate 'blanking but communicating' of the word. But… there is always a but, isn't there?

I do not see the point of deciding which swear word you want to write, and then **** it out, but leaving enough for us to know which word you meant. If what you're writing CALLS FOR THE WORD, and you cannot communicate that someone swore via "he swore", JUST SAY THE FUCKING WORD.

Eris Kallisti!

As I said, everyone is different. Which leads into another annoyance for me.

I knew a very nice man once, who was writing a series of stories that followed his main character. I didn't notice it at the time, but I still have the stories he sent me because he wanted feedback.

His characters were different, with different motivations and reasons. I think he had managed that better than I had—even more than I have now. He had been writing longer than me, so…

The problem, in my opinion, is that no one talked about anything. He had girls getting pregnant as teens, and other teens fighting to get girls to make better choices. A great thing; people could relate to the girls.

But when I said no one, I meant no one. The adults talked to the teenagers, to each other—no one ever talked about sex. It was all "I've done it", "he put his thing in me", etc. Not even the married couples, when trying to see about sex that night, could talk without using euphemisms.

I suppose you could argue that part of it was cultural—people growing up in the same culture will talk the same way, will understand that you can't talk about sex directly.

There wasn't a single culture the main characters ever interacted with that could talk about sex honestly and openly.

I believe that was a real failure on his part.

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