Am I asking you to change? Not exactly. I’m asking you to suspend a preconceived idea. That’s a big ask. I know that.
“Stereotype – a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.”
If you’ve read any of my earlier blogs this is not a new concept, and you already know where I’m coming from and where I’m going with this. When the Ruthless Beings story developed in my mind, and grew into the saga it has, all of these challenges arose regarding people’s preconceived ideas about certain subjects. Sex, wealth, looks, power, wants, needs, love… and so on. Amethyst Callinger, one of the main characters, is a complicated person (like we all are) and the impact she has on those around her is quite miraculous. And the complexity of all of these characters is really no more challenging than your own complexity and how you really feel about things.
I intentionally wrote the series in a direct way. Lacking excessive use of emotive language and description. I chose to use words in a different way to tell the story. I wanted to write in a non – stereotypical way, and I did. A lot of people can’t see beyond it, because it’s ‘weird’ and ‘erroneous’, and so they will politely nod and continue on their way back to the genres they enjoy and the styles with which they’re familiar. I have no issue with that at all.
The people who push on and embrace the book, allowing themselves to become familiar with the style, have a totally different experience. In the first chapters (freely available as a sample) some people are already lost. We’re here, we’re over there, we’re focussing on this or that, or seemingly irrelevant things… yes we are. So let me put this question to you – if you were in that situation what would you remember about that day? Every little detail, or just some things that really stand out to you? The series is written from an omnipotent third person perspective so the view shifts on a whim. This also has people confused sometimes, but there are no questions left unanswered in this series. Every shoelace is neatly tied. If you can follow a soap opera, you can follow this. If you can embrace the unusual writing style, pay attention to the plot, and try to let go of some stereotypes, it’s possible you could not only be entertained by this but you could actually learn something about yourself.
Maybe I should make a companion book to talk you through the psychology and explain the language? Being an indie author who is more than happy to communicate, I am available to answer questions and to hear your views on the events in the book. If you’re reading the books and have any questions, come find me on Facebook and we can talk about it.