My themes seem to be about:
- the diversity of belief systems - coping mechanisms which people adopt and adapt in order to survive as individual agents.
- preconceptions - that people are quick to judge and pigeonhole others but sometimes they ignore the ones who are a bother to them the most.
- fear of the unknown and working out how to deal with it. I suppose that's the same as the first theme above.
- the soullessness and directionless of the post baby boom generation. I'll go into this more in another blog post.
- Characters. I like these too. I wonder if my characters are just different streams of my personality, exaggerated and expanded upon. At the moment, they don't tend to be based on any particular people in my life, at least not consciously.My characters seem to be about:
- of the age where they are expected to be bearing children, getting married and pursuing a successful career. This has become a bit of a slapstick, chic-lit cliche, post Bridget Jones. I'm not interested in writing chic-lit. And I don't see it as particularly funny. This post-modernish plight of my characters is more influenced by Douglas Coupland's GenerationX, alongside my own observations (I studied Sociology, you know!) Anyhow, things becomes cliches for a reason. There is definitely an issue with this age group in the 21st century - underachieving, overeducated and underpaid and being loveless in an age where lovers are sought like brands.We see them as products on the production lines of online dating sites and endless binge-drinking nights out. But they rarely live up to our standards. We keep buying into them, before discarding them and looking for a more robust product.
- supernatural entities. In both my stories there are characters who are not entirely human. In the short story the second character is ambiguous and a bit mystical. In my novel there are actual spirits with whom my psychic protagonist communicates. Are they really there though? They are ambiguous too. Ambiguity is good for the reader; it gives them the opportunity to make their own mind up - to seek answers. But why am I interested in the possibility of the supernatural? Well, isn't everyone?