Paint Your Day… by Nancy Brophy
If you assigned colors to your emotions what would your day look like? Blues, grays and silvers? Or yellows, reds and oranges? What color would figure predominantly and what would that mean to you? Would black and white be represented by polka dots? Or would a peaceful green cover the backdrop?
We are an emotional group. I try never to release a book that I haven’t cried while writing, figuring if I’m emotional the reader will be touched as well.
How do you think America would be different if we’d been settled by the Chinese rather than the Europeans? Would comfort food include chow mein? Instead of bacon and eggs in the morning would we be eating Congee? (rice portage) I bring this up because I notice that more and more Americans are getting away from the stiff-upper lip of the English. In fact I’ve noticed a definite trend toward over-dramatization.
Even in music I’m seeing an entire sub-genre of angry girl songs. Including Carrie Underwood singing Before He Cheats,
That I dug my key into the side
of his pretty little souped up 4 wheel drive,
carved my name into his leather seats…
I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights,
slashed a hole in all 4 tires…
Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.
Or Miranda Lambert’s, Gunpowder and Lead
I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun
Wait by the door and light a cigarette
He wants a fight well now he’s got one
He ain’t seen me crazy yet
Or her new song, Mama’s Broken Heart
I cut my bangs with some rusty kitchen scissors
I screamed his name til the neighbors called the cops
I numbed the pain at the expense of my liver
I don’t know what I did next all I know, I couldn’t stop
While I’ve used C&W songs as examples, I think it is only a matter of time before we see this trend in writing – predominantly romance writing. Chick Lit was a flash in the pan as was kick-ass bombshell heroines. But both flooded the market and the trend faded as quickly as it appeared.
But trust me when I say a group of young writers will emerge who will write angry-girl romance and a whole new genre will catch fire. I won’t be leading the pack. My heroines are more rational. They battle with a quick wit, rather than physical force, but I am from a softer generation where woman operated by different rules.
While I’m not generally big on drama queen emotions, I also think being too nice and not standing up for yourself is equally problematic.
We write what we know. Young woman today are living in a different world and it will reflect in their stories. Times will change. So will our industry. And Miranda Lambert sums that up best with the lyrics, “this ain’t my mama’s broken heart.”