Tuesday, May 27, 2008
When can you justify using it?
I was reading a bit of Bliss magazine (also known as Victoria) at the grocery store the other day. Reading an article about Jan Karon (writer), and she mentioned using it, just to tweak something, a local, make it closer or futher than it really is from somewhere else, I can't recall which.
Anyway, this article floated about in my head a bit.
And so did the idea of creative license. And I wondered if I could use it to solve a problem I am having with my story.
There is gardening in the story, and the story included battling Japanese beetles, this section is important symbolically for the character, who can not tolerate the idea of or the reality of, death, yet in his attempt at an act of creation (flower garden) he must confront death again and again (on some level). (must accept that it is interwoven into life)
The trouble is, in Japan (where the story takes place), Japanese beetles are not a problem. The winsome flies winsomely eat the beetle larvae. Fantastic creatures. I never thought I would have fly envy, but here I am, and I so do. I thought in my research I would find some other insect to take the place of the beetles in the story (surely there must be such a creature). But I can't seem to locate such information.
I was wondering, if I might be able to just leave that part of the story in there, but state that it is highly unusual, and why (I believe the story falls under the category of magical realism already anyway, has magical elements). And the main character is so agaisnt any sort of death that it hinders his abillity to live (this extends to his garden). He is out of balance, so it would sort of make sense for the environment around him to be out of its natural balance as well. And for it not to be restored until he is. (in the story already the notion of connection between his inner world and the outer one is present)
What do you think?
Bob said I could, and yelled at me for worrying, over and over again, over these sorts of trifling details, but he is not a writer. I feel the need for things to make sense, to fall into place, to be true. Even amidst the fantastic one must work within some sort of frame-work for believabilty. I am not making things up. I am trying to make something true, though I am using imagination to do it (imagination woven in and through the real world).