Monday, May 20, 2013

The Dark side and The Big C

Tonight is the final episode of The Big C and like many fans, I will have my box of Kleenex close at hand.

For those who aren't familiar with the program, it's about a woman diagnosed with Cancer. And if you think that sounds very morbid and depressing, the first three seasons are actually very funny. Each season deals with a different phase of her illness, for example 'denial' for season one while another season deals with her 'bargaining' phase of her disease. Having never dealt with cancer first hand, I honestly can't say if it gives a real portrayal of the disease, but I do feel it tackles the topic in a very respectable and honest way. It doesn't hide the realities of being diagnosed with a fatal illness and how it affects both the person ill and those around them.

This last season was tough. It consists of only four episodes and believe me when I say, they aren't getting any easier to watch. Last week, I had to stop the show a few times to just take a breather. They tackle the topic of death in such a spiritually intense way that it leaves the viewer left with many questions. It also causes you to face your own mortality and consider that life is very short.

The reason why I am discussing this show (other than the fact that the show had a profound effect on me) is because I am planning to write a book surrounding the topic of death. I'm finishing up another project now, but this upcoming manuscript is always on the back on my mind. I don't plan to write about a 'white light' or the dead reconnecting with their departed relatives in the afterlife. I mean, some ideas are just so overdone that it's ridiculous. But my goal is to really hit the reader hard with this story. I want them to feel the same profound effect that I did, while recently viewing an episode of The Big C. 

A lot of people tell me that my topic choices tend to be dark. In fact, quite a few of my readers have even commented on how surprised they were to be caught up in a book that was much heavier than they originally anticipated. So for that reason, it's not for everyone.

But at the same time, I refuse to fall into the same pattern as a lot of authors and instead make a light, happier-ever-after book either. I want to have an impact on my reader and I don't know if you can do that by writing a sparkly romance novel that is completely unrealistic. I don't feel I will connect with readers as much if I go this route. Besides, don't we have enough of those novels floating around?

If you a regular reader of my other blog, The Truth and the Dark Side, you might be aware that I lost a few amazing people to death last year. One of which was a close friend and whom I plan to honor by writing this story. I think we are able to find inspiration by many things in life and sometimes it's the most difficult experiences that really reflect in my writing. I share many of the insecurities, fears and doubts of my characters. I've had many people approach me and say that they felt deeply connected with a character and at the end of the day, that's what I hope to accomplish as a writer.

Behind every great movie, book or television series is a writer that gave a great deal of thought to the characters involved and situations that they have found themselves in. No great writer has put together anything with the idea of 'what do the readers/viewers/listeners' want in mind. And every time you witness some form of art that really moves or connects with you, it's clear that the artist put their entire heart into it.

And that's why I will have trouble watching the final episode of the The Big C. Everyone involved in this production is clearly putting their entire heart into these last few episodes in order to make an impact. And I think they succeeded.

Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here  

Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

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