Run! It’s Simulacra!

In Rachelle Garnder’s discussion of story and craft, one specific paragraph caught my attention:

“I hate that lifeless feeling of a boring (or derivative or unoriginal) story, perfectly executed. I get the feeling many people are so saturated with media (books, TV, movies) that they are writing not from life but from their perception of life as shown in media. They’re writing stories I’ve seen and heard a hundred times before.”

It’s simulacra!  Ahh!  Baudrillard definitely got something right when she noted a trend in which people distance themselves from reality. This is why writers should be careful about the media that they consume; they shouldn’t allow themselves to become so distanced from reality that they being writing cliche character types.

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