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Monday, October 31, 2016

I write fantasy for grownups



Writers are frequently told to write what they want to read. I want to read fantasy for grown-ups - in other words for people over age twenty-one. I want to read fantasy where people have complex, healthy relationships and *gasp* sex. Not G.R.R.Martin sex where incest and rape are the primary forms - nothing against George R. R., but even in medieval times people did have good relationships. There were arranged marriages but they actually and frequently turned out to be long, happy and monogamous.

Even in ancient times love, marriage and sex were often portrayed well. In ancient Egypt, marriage was an essential rite in their canon, and statues of important figures often included both husband and wife. As an example, there are Isis and Osiris. When Set killed Osiris Isis searched for his body and resurrected him. Gaia has a similar
mythology.

They say that 50% of all marriages fail - which, of course, conversely means that 50% succeed. Happy marriages do exist and have happened. There are plenty of examples, especially of those who struggled against enormous odds. A story on StoryCorps on NPR resonated with me particularly. It told of a couple - he'd been a soldier in WWII - that were devoted to each other. They wrote each other love notes even after decades of marriage. And everyone has heard family stories of a husband and wife so closely tied that when one died, the other followed within hours. I think of my neighbor, who had known his wife from the time she was fourteen. They were inseparable until the day she passed, and he misses her every minute of every day. Yet the stories he tells of her and their time together are always positive. If they had times where they struggled, he's forgotten it.

They lived, they loved, and they expressed that love.

In this day and age, with so many negative examples, it's not such a bad thing to show the positive side - to show two people of any type of sexuality, who love, honor and respect each other, and to allow us as writers or readers to see and share that.

Those are the kinds of books I want to read and the kind that I write. Flawed people, going through difficult times, who grow to care about each other, to respect each other, and who simply won't give up on each other.


Valerie Douglas on about.me
Valerie Douglas
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https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-Douglas/e/B0036POJZI/

Author of
Song of the Fairy Queen 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004774N2S
Also available on Kobo, Nook, and Apple iBooks

The Coming Storm/A Convocation of Kings/Not Magic Enough/Setting Boundaries
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WLOBG2

Servant of the Gods/Heart of the Gods
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005XMAOP6
Also available on Kobo, Nook, and Apple iBooks