|Writing horror/fantasy/murder mystery is considered weird. photo by tassie.sim|
I’m translating City of Bones, the third book of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, into Serbian. Recently I’ve contacted the lady who translated the first and is translating the second book in the series to ask how she translated a few things, one of them being the Ritual of Infernal Conversion. It turned out we translated it the same, which made us giggle a bit – what were the odds?
Anyway, when I mentioned that to someone else, the reaction was like ‘Ritual of Infernal Conversion, what is it you’re translating?’ While this reaction was a joke, it reminded me that things I enjoy reading/watching/writing are considered weird by many.
I enjoy SF/fantasy/horror, and many find it childish/creepy. Some of the stories I’ve written are quite creepy, and then some people come to the conclusion I’m creepy. Hey, I’m just writing that stuff! I don’t have the heart to harm a cockroach even though I can’t stand them, let alone anyone bigger than that!
A friend of mine, a very strong woman (talking about personality here) is considered immature by her mother because she reads (and writes) science fiction. Women see another friend of mine as a non-long-term relationship material because he enjoys reading and watching science fiction, fantasy and horror, and he also enjoys reading comic books (which some people see as something only children should be doing). Yet another friend, a writer of fantasy, is often considered to be someone with his head in the clouds, while he’s actually a very down-to-earth person. I know of ladies who write murder mysteries and are considered scary because of that, as if they were murderers instead of writers. And then, of course, there are those who believe that reading itself is for children and the idle, not for serious people; or that being a writer means that you’ve got too much free time on your hands and are available to do the chores they’re too lazy to do.
So, to all of you who might happen to read this, do they consider you weird because of the things you write, enjoy reading or watching?