I have been writing this new novel, Fighting Forty, but 97 pages into it, one of my sisters printed out the story so far. Last night that sister, as well as another of my sister’s and I were having a reading. We came to this passage; At home the house was rockin’. Mantha was listening to the same Christina Aguilera song she had been blasting for the past three days. It was from that God awful movie, Burlesque, and having memorized all of the words, she was dramatically belting along as she sang about first love. A subject I had noticed she was kind of obsessed with.
One of my sisters accused me of being so strongly opinionated and of never editing myself. I laughed and said I was not the character, and that it wasn’t my opinion, but that of the character herself. I was then told I can’t take criticism.
In fairness I have never even seen Burlesque. For all I know it’s a great movie. I know my 15 year old certainly loved this one song which is what inspired this scene. So I as you, who is right? Are characters with strong opinions offensive? Does the fact that I just find it funny mean I can’t take criticism? Did you see Burlesque and like it? And if you did, would it bother you if a character in a book said it stunk? I am genuinely curious. It certainly not my intention to offend my readers. I’m just trying to create strong characters.