When touching on hard subjects in story telling especially current cultural and political hot topics, how do you determine where the line is as far as being “in your face” or “subtle undertone”? Do you feel that one is better than the other? Do you feel that in you can be too “in your face” resulting in ripping the reader/watcher out of the story You are telling? Man that’s tough and I really don’t have the answer. I think there’s a place for logic, a place for rhetoric, a place for story, a place for inference and innuendo. Christmas 2020 Quarantine Toilet Paper Family Shirt Genres do different things, right? So allegory is out of vogue (in fact, we have almost no modern, proper allegories), but that doesn’t make it any less efficacious for what it is.
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So… I don’t know. Was Martin Luther King Jr. wrong to be in your face with preaching? Or was it better to make an entire world rooted in Tolkien’s Catholicism that never mentioned God, but is predicated on every assumption he had as a catholic? I tend to verge on confrontation. But that’s the prophetic bone in me. I don’t really think one is better than the other. Depends on the audience, subject matter, metaphor, meter, pacing, scope, etc. Do I think I can? Sure.Christmas 2020 Quarantine Toilet Paper Family Shirt Do I think that others can? It happens all the time. The most recent Little Women was almost a carbon copy of the original and the original is better because it doesn’t preach the message that the new one preaches, even though they have the same message.
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Then again, I love reading Augustine, so… depends. I personally stand by “story comes first” I think there is a time for confrontation and a time for pacifism. I find that often times there is a narrow road to walk between most oppositions (not to be confused with neutrality.) I also know that I don’t even know how much I don’t know.Christmas 2020 Quarantine Toilet Paper Family Shirt So I say, take what I say as a grain of salt, seek the truth as will I. But yeah, as grows the island of thy knowledge, so grows the shoreline of thy ignorance. I think there are things we know, like moral truths, beauty, goodness, certain realities like our own existence. And we can speak authoritatively on those things. That said, my grandma had a specific perspective as one of the “oil people” in gradeschool that my grandpa did not, so I tried to balance that.