A few weeks back, my friend Magaly Guerrero wrote a great blog about Paganism in fiction and asked the question whether or not this was a good idea and why. Personally, I think it’s a great idea because it opens up her world to those who may not know about her beliefs and/or encourage people to research what Paganism is truly about while dispelling many rumors.
During an Heart of Carolina meeting where I was a co-panelist with the very cool Jenna Black, I had read my original pitch as an example of what to do when you’re sitting in front of an editor or agent. She wanted (like any interested agent or editor) more about my werecheetah world. I told her I had done a lot of research about cheetahs and tried to incorporate as much as I could into my world building.
What all this boils down to is how much reality do you like in your fiction? A lot or a little?
For me, I like it when an author gets as close to reality as possible. While I may not know much about dragons, if the story is good enough, it’ll make me curious about their history and any other legends that might be associated with them. Had it not been for a dragon book that I really liked, I might not have cared.
In STRIPPED, I had incorporated a few Pagan beliefs to fulfill part of the plot. However, I was careful to take only tiny liberties here and there without going overboard. In the end, I want readers to think that my witchy world is real and not something from a horror movie. After all, we know how believable everything is on the big screen right? *eye roll* That’s probably why, as Magaly said in her blog, many “believe that Paganism is something otherworldly, unnatural and often scary.” I’d feel really bad if readers got that type of impression from reading my book. The last thing I want to do is slander some else’s beliefs for the sake of making a buck. In fact, I’m hoping it’ll make readers seek out the truth for themselves and make up their own minds based on fact. Not fiction.
So how much reality do you like in your fiction? A little or a lot and why?