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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I think most writers have a strong need for justice. Dickens wanted to explain to us why child labor was evil. He wanted us to know the irony of debtor's prison. He used story and characters to help us understand the plight of those who could not stand for themselves. Thomas Hardy wrote "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" so that we might understand how unfair the church could be when it didn't know all the facts.

Writers see a wrong and they want to make it right. So they do so on the written page, because I've learned earthly justice gets you nowhere. Last night, I was talking to a good friend about a lawsuit they lost. The circumstances and law were so clearly in their favor, and yet, sometimes the law does now have the wisdom of Solomon. Sometimes, it has the wisdom of Nabal. And that drives us writers crazy!!!

The pen is mightier than the sword for a reason. I think no matter which genres you read, you'll find there's a sense of justice in fiction. Because we all long for earthly justice. We all long to see the bad guy get what's coming to him, and yet, sometimes, that doesn't happen. Sometimes, we have to wait for justice. Fiction lets us have it now. Isn't that beautiful? What kind of justice do you enjoy in your fiction? Is there anything better than watching that Disney villain fall into the abyss? LOL
posted at 12:27 PM  
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At 2:04 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Nothing better than seeing that villain fall, Kris. And yet I feel this awful compulsion to redeem the villains in my books.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger jel said...

ya got to have a villain in a Disney movie, to it good ;)

really like that picture of the disney villains

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I took Trevor to see a 3-D animated movie over the summer--can't remember the name, but the villain was redeemed. I loved that because it was completely unexpected.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I like having them redeemed too, but I like to see my fiction end fair. Life is too unfair sometimes.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger SheilaG said...

I think we have a God-breathed desire for justice in our soul. The ultimate bad-guy story is in the Bible, and we know he's gonna' get it in the end. Whew!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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