Hello folks! I've posted an idea and a starting point, but here is my official project plan. I'd love to hear all your thoughts!
My topic (as you may have noticed from the title) is why authors of fiction would want to gloss over an unpleasant or traumatic event, or glorify it in some way. Most people admit they love a happy ending, but many authors will write a story that involves a disturbing event, and they'll make the disturbing event seem exciting, attractive, or glamorous, for some odd reason. This will heavily affect the way a reader perceives the story, as well as their perception of the event in real life. An author may have good reason to sugarcoat traumatic scenes, and obviously it all depends on various factors. I want to look at a concrete reason (or multiple reasons) why an author would do this.
Other things I want to focus on or take into consideration;
1. The type of story and it's target audience.
2. The plot or focus of the story, and the intentions behind it.
3. If the author is conscious of what they're writing and how accurate it is. This is difficult and writers/media/interviewers would not outright say this, given it sounds offensive, but sometimes it's easy to tell.
4. How many readers actually notice these things.
5. The author's background. This ties into #3 as well, but how accurate a scene is depends on how close the author has come to actually living it, or how well the author has researched the topic they're writing about if they haven't personally experienced it.
6. Biases, whether they're the authors, or the medias, or a readers, or my own.
As my starting point, I collected examples of how unpleasant situations are glamorized in fiction. For my first round of research, I will be trying to answer the question of why, and I'll see what happens from there.
Potential Sources: This list is mostly suggestions from the comments, I plan to look at a whole bunch of other things as well, these are just a few ideas.
- Everybody’s comments, because this is heavily based on opinion, theory, and inference.
- Social media; I will be more specific when citing, but I want to look into author's Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as interviews with them.
Teacher's Name: Ms. Mantei
I love hearing from you all. As I mentioned before, my research will be heavily based on opinions so I'm open to a variety of perspectives.