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Le sigh...

oyster50

My stories take place in the South.

I try very hard not to be overtly political in my stories. I just had somebody take the time to post a five hundred word comment on how horrible that American South is.

I'm not taking time to respond, because it is my experience that there is no response warranted, nor would one change any minds or hearts.

Sometimes I am amazed at people who will go through the efforts to try to shit on somebody's day.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Ross at Play

Lazeez MAY consider deleting it. I can see no harm in asking.

oyster50

Nope. It'll eventually roll off the bottom of the list anyway.

It's just sad that there are people who seem to live to pee in communal sandbox.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
Crumbly Writer

@oyster50

I try very hard not to be overtly political in my stories. I just had somebody take the time to post a five hundred word comment on how horrible that American South is.

Very often, if you simply acknowledge a problem, readers will give you more leeway.

I'd start off the story (in the first few chapters at least, where some smart aleck in a bar mouths off to the character, and show that the character isn't just a southern cracker. By recognizing that you're aware of the problem, readers will give you the time to show the character is deeper than their preconceptions. If the character simply walks away from the redneck in the bar, muttering to his friends "Those are the guys who give us such a bad name", you may circumvent many of those complaints.

However, if the characters act like rednecks, then you're only playing into the stereotypes yourself. The key is (eventually) revealing the character to be multidimentional.

richardshagrin

Le sigh...

You shouldn't sigh about Robert E. Lee.

Replies:   oyster50
awnlee jawking

@oyster50

I'm intrigued. I'd like to read the rant for the comedy value. Which story is it?

AJ

Replies:   oyster50
oyster50

@awnlee jawking

Oh, that's the fun part. His rant is a comment to my story Lena.

I won't do him the favor of publishing it.

Email me at oyster1950@gmail.com and I'll past the thing in its entirety.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
oyster50

@richardshagrin

I was thinking more of Pepe LePew

awnlee jawking

@oyster50

Thank you.

I agree with your decision, political rants have no place in story comments.

AJ

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