No one argues there aren’t fads in writing and novels. But what happens to a writer when the fads conflict with a writer’s personality? When the popular stories are vampires/zombies/witch-craft and you find it silly can you write a novel using them? I would use the example of 50 Shades of Grey. Why is it popular? I have heard since I was young – sex sells. In Romance novels (other than Erotica) sex is very ‘tame’ – even with explicit scenes. There is a purpose and it intends to develop a loving relationship – not a thrill. I personally have no interest in submission or even S & M. I think women fought too hard to become equal to now destroy that accomplishment. So as an author trying to sell books to make a meager living do I follow fads or do I write my ‘dreams’. My dreams may never sell. But riding on the ‘coat-tails’ of a popular novel might.
I have been recently discussing the possibility with Jumbled Writer of people being born with a negative personality or a positive personality. (Cup half full/cup half empty). Although the thought entered my mind, I have done no research on the topic. If we are (I feel my ‘theories’ are just as good as other ‘theories’ that some take as reality), the next question that comes to mind, can you change personalities? Is it as harmful as ‘they’ say to have a negative personality? Could it be possible that you are harming rather than helping a negative personality by trying to change them? Is it intended that there be both personalities in a balanced world?
Then relating it to writing – can a negative person write an uplifting novel and a positive person write a sad, depressing novel? Should they try? I am optimistic even when confronting horrible situations. I know the feelings of depression, sadness which I use in my writing – but I can’t seem to end a story on a hopeless note. So then I question how a pessimist is able to end a story with hope. I think there is room for both and there are people who want to read either or both.
My signature is ‘Happiness without Guilt’. But can a negative person feel happiness without feeling guilty? I do believe that writers write from their perspective of what they believe the world is all about. Often a writer must cross the lines but the outcome is very different. I have heard there is no happily ever after like romance genres portray and I know there is. Many, many couples are happy, even in their old-age. The story of romance is how they deal with conflicts throughout the story, showing they are meant to be together. You then, as a reader, assume they will still deal with future conflicts but it will be together and they will be happy together. Can a negative person believe this? Is a happily ever after story a fantasy?
I always say – be true to yourself – write what you want – regardless of what the fad of the day might be. It may never make you rich but will give you peace and a happy life. Good luck regardless of who or what you are. Be true to yourself.