I have been on this earth for 45 years (give or take a few months). Perhaps it is just my approaching (ok in the) middle age but I am noticing a few things about the entertainment industry.
When I was a kid, and even into my later teenage years, you could go to a movie or pick up a book and it would just be what it was. A book or a movie..Not a political or environmental statement on something. There was no message, just fun. In the case of some books just flights of fantasy (e.g. Dragonlance). I don’t see that much anymore. Ok maybe Harry Potter, Twilight, there are exceptions in books but movies are guilty of it fairly often.
The other thing I am noticing is that when I was a kid you could save $2 or something and go buy a book. Enjoy that book and move on…Even if it was new. There was a market of paperbacks, there was a $1 theatre you could go to and see movies. They weren’t the brand new ones but it was fun all the same.
Now when I go to the book store and buy a new book I’m staring down $40 for a hard cover and $12.50 the other day for a paperback. Buying kids books I’m forking out $10 a shot. (Thank goodness for the used bookstores, love you guys). I don’t mind paying through the nose for great stuff, but stuff with a message?
I tried to price my book as cheap as Amazon would allow. $2.99 to $3.99 for Kindle and for paperbacks was the cheapest I could make them. Shoot if you have Amazon Prime on Kindle they are free!
These things seem to be disappearing more and more. People ask me why I write books. The idea was to put out a story that entertained people. That’s all. I didn’t want a political message. I didn’t want to sway people to some ideology. I wanted to give a low cost way you could pick up something, and forget your troubles. Ok, maybe my subject matter of a nuclear assault, which became the topic for The Last World War was too much for that, but I wanted to pick a topic area that was so horrible that I hope it never happens. Those weapons are well protected, and hopefully they won’t get loose. Hopefully those who have them are smart enough to say NO NEVER! Although lately if you watch the interchange between North Korea and Donald Trump that may be a real hope, not a reality.
In another book we do use a topic of global climate change, not to say who did it. That book is to show through science fiction that working together humans can solve any problem, no matter what the problem happens to be. In that novel there is no “humans did it” or “no they didn’t” we just assumed that the climate is out to kill us, and showed that through real science it can, indeed, be tamed. Everything (from the solution side) in that novel is real science, not made up, it’s just expensive ;-).
I do hope that other people start to think in this method. Low cost entertaining things with little to no political message (unless it is necessary for the story as it was in some ways in mine).
I didn’t want to win prizes, I just wanted to entertain. I do hope the books do that.