Saturday, April 01, 2006

A question...

Sorry, no snippets today. I have a question to pose...

Why, when we are out-of-sorts (irritable, grumpy, tempestous, cranky, for me, bitchy), do we strike out at those who least deserve it?

And to make this post somewhat writing related, do you ever have your characters behave in a similar manner, give them less-desirable traits? If you're a reader, how do you feel about a character with flaws like that?

We aren't perfect; coloured with everything from temper to regret for such; does literature represent those shades? Does art imitate life??

9 comments:

Lady M said...

Nope - life imitates art.

*grin*

Uhm yeah, of course we all do that. It's the way of life. We trust those that we love to see the real demons inside of us - and that let's us believe that they will not turn away when we behave that way.

Hugs to you - and for a quick smile - go see... I did it - neener neener. I like it.

But would really like to have a better pic of you-know-who.

Bernita said...

If a character does it habitually, it unattractive.
Sometimes people lash out out of a sense of worthlessness and a kind of twisted ego. - the sort of ego that escalates nasty behaviour just to see how far they can push, because they have contempt for people who love or tolerate them, who want to prove finally that they are indeed as worthless as they believe.

Art and life? It goes both ways.

Sometimes people can be classified loosely into two camps.Those who strike out because of hurts and those who never will visit on another what they have suffered themselves.

Dennie McDonald said...

I think art irritates life and vice versa.

the stricking out - human nature... can't help it but hopefully those close love us enough to forgive

writing - oh hell yeah! everything that happens good/bad/indifferent ends up in print! whether it works - still up for debate...

alexandra said...

I'm with Bernita, used sparingly with characters it adds depth to them, as in life, we all wish to be saints, however, the truth is, we all have our bad and good days. Sometimes I find it good therapy to write certain types of characters when I'm having a mood bad day. ;-)

Rotty said...

but can a writer ALWAYS keep art and life seperate? I see most of you relpied that art and life are intertwined, is that always a good thing?
I beleive that life imitates art and vice-versa...but does it always have to be that way....some claim that it doesnt....

Savannah Jordan said...

Ladies~

Thank you for your view points.

M, thanks for making me smile!

Bernita, sage comments as always.

Dennie, seems like we're on the same page. And... did you mean to say that art 'irritates' life, or was that a serendipitious typo? because it leads me to reply to the next comment...

Rotty~ Life imitates art, and vice versa; but neither commands the other; it is NOT always that way.

Dennie McDonald said...

No, I meant irritate - I am a smart assed kinda gal - sorry, cannot help myself!

yes, I can keep it seperated Rotty - hadn't racked up the death count that my books have - well, not yet anyway ;-) but it is just to much fun to kill of people you couldn't otherwise do - LOL! keeps me out of the police station ... so far!

Candice Gilmer said...

For myself, I find that even without my conscious thought, I see my writing showing my inner thoughts, as a way of venting the demons that I can't bring myself to speak of.

It manifests in many ways, but I can't always be sure what it all is when I write it; only when I go back do I actually see what I was doing...

Savannah Jordan said...

Candice~
'Venting demons' or 'purging venom' sounds like we're kind of similar. Life doesn't always filter in, but sometimes it does.

Dennie~
I figured you were a smart ass, but wanted to make sure. :P