| The title of this entry is not a great way to introduce my upcoming novel- Shattered. The main character is a stand-up comic in the 1990s. Mikey tells a joke on stage about getting a woman drunk enough to make a baby. Its not a great joke, but Mikey is having trouble coming up with fresh material. The truth be told, I began writing this story in the 90’s.|
The intent of the joke is for Mikey to be making a joke about himself. We have progressed as a people. We now see what getting a woman drunk to have sex is- gross, immoral, and illegal. A person that does it should be cancelled. But should a character in a book?
I was so concerned with Mikey making a self-deprecating joke, that I did not see any other implications.
Now I do, and yet, Mikey is a comic in the 90s. It is something he would say. Mikey does some terrible things as he slips into a psychosis. When he makes the joke, he is a good guy. A good guy that makes such a joke, but would never do such a thing.
I am for holding people accountable. I am for speaking in a manner that does not encourage bad behavior. I do however, hope readers make an adjustment for a character living in the 90s.
PS- It is a serious novel, but with some FUNNY lines in it.