Do Awful Ideas Make Good Stories?
This question goes through my head a lot. Not so much in a direct sort of way but in a played out sort of way kind of like having a movie play out in your head. Sometimes this skill is pretty distracting because it's an everlooping intrusive thought. Like having multiple plot bunnies trying to bash down your door. I do know that when ya promise your readers something you have to deliver on that promise. That's one of the reasons why I don't really focus on diversity or inclusion or representation because I like writing characters instead of cardboard cutouts. The most popular argument I've come across is people want to see themselves in the characters of the story, one that looks like the reader, is the reader, and someone the reader can just see themselves as. I can admit the appeal can be nice and quick but it's like junk food. As of March of 2021 Disney's High Republic had decided to make a Rock a main character in Star Wars. Creatively, it does reflect what I'd end up putting out there if I tried to make the main character just like the reader. We'd have a bunch of rocks whereing different wigs. If you like that sort of thing, cool.
I can't guarantee my characters will all be rocks though. I know if I don't like what I'm reading then you won't like what I'm reading and it will show. This is no excuse to say stay in my comfort zone. The real challenge comes from getting the readers to care about someone who isn't them. I'm not just saying integrity but empathy. For example hot women sell books and hot men sell books. That's why we have cheesecake and beefcake. The most attractive part of any person is supposed to be the content of their character. That's why we have waifus and husbandos. They are a combination of cheesecake, beefcake, and content of character.
Awful ideas . . . I have tons of bad ideas to choose from. I take a small comfort that all roughdrafts start off awful. However, one of my biggest pet peeves is typecasting. Who wants to be put into a box? Also, both good and bad stereotypes, pop up anyway. That's not a bad thing. Though making them propaganda is a bad thing. If my books ever become propaganda than I hope they get meme'd to death because having fun with things is better than getting mad at things all the time. Not even I remember that rule either but it's good to keep focus on the important stuff.
I'm writing this musing down because it's good to talk about. It might not be grand but it is important. Characters, plot, setting, and story are the four basic food groups of a good writing idea. Maybe the idea could be terrible or maybe it'll be good. The more I hone my craft, the better my art will get.