Fiction writers know that what we pen must — at the very least—sound believable. It’s the “Truth is stranger than fiction” scenario. The reader must willingly go where our story leads them. If it sounds so out there, so beyond the realm of possibility, then the reader will discount your story, give it a big ole “F” Now, a good writer can easily achieve that suspension of disbelief. Which means that what is written may be far off the scale of realism and possibility, but is written in such a way that readers take that tremendous leap of faith and jump down your rabbit hole, or Mary Poppins themselves into a chalk drawing.
I’ve been thinking about Donald Trump. I’ve been thinking that if I were to write a novel based on the current USA political party leaders that I would NOT be able to offer my readers suspension of disbelief.
So, we have a man who is an open racist and misogynist who may be voted in as the next president. And this is 2016. And the last president was — finally — elected because of his platform, not his skin colour. Think about it. Think about writing a novel that features a man just a breath away from the most powerful position in the world who says he will PUNISH ADULT WOMEN for having an abortion, who is cuddling up to a superpower who has outlawed homosexuality, hired hitmen to kill journalists and then there is of course that plane that was shot down in the Ukraine with a Russian missile.
Now, this presidential candidate has been caught in lies, let it slip that he doesn’t pay taxes (actually states that trying to find loopholes proves he’s smart –screw ethics, who needs them) and basically says when a woman says no, she doesn’t really mean it.
Even fiction couldn’t sell this guy as the next president. Readers would roll their eyes, stop halfway through the first page and chuck that paperback right into the closest garbage can.
Still, I can see him in a reworked fairy-tale… as the dragon or … the wolf who cross-dresses in Granny’s bonnet. He’d make an awesome ‘Joker’ or ‘Lex Luther,’ right?
Naw. Even the Joker wouldn’t t set off a nuclear missile or re-launch the demographics which led to the holocaust. So, best to leave this crazy villain where he stands. At the doorway to Hell, refusing to tuck his tail between his legs …