As some of you may know, I’ve been working on a new novel. A spoof on the typical YA romance. You know the story; plain Jane quiet girl suddenly gets noticed by one or two super hot guys in the school and suddenly, they’re dating and all ends well. My version involves a girl who wears clown make-up on a daily basis and is chock full of melodramatic behavior, bad jokes and pratfalls. In short, it’s ridiculous, but hey it makes me laugh.
I was explaining it to a friend of mine recently who said, “Aren’t you worried you’re going to offend people, other writers with this?” My response was “Uhh no?” It’s meant to be a joke. Are people offended by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sesibility and Sea Monsters ? If nothing else, it’s making fun of myself! My first novel, The Other Side has got it’s shy quiet unnoticed heroine who catches the attention of the cute captain of the tennis team and student body president. Tears of a Clown, the spoof in question, is supposed to be funny and make people laugh, like those spoof movies they put out all the time. It’s not meant to offend anyone or their stories or style of writing. If someone doesn’t like it, I sure as hell won’t be putting a gun to their head to read it. I don’t even know that I’ll put it out there for the masses anyhow.
It got me thinking though. Are there books, writing styles, topics in the novels you read that offend you? Do you boycott an author if they write something that goes against your morals or sensibilities? I honestly couldn’t think of anything I’ve been offended by, but I’m sure there’s something out there that would turn me off. I guess time will tell.