Inside the Writers Studio: Substance-using Characters – Would you include one?

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    This is a very interesting question.

    I think that the general consensus falls under two categories:

    1. The group who would include substance abusing characters were they not writing a FM story to enhance the plot and tell a better story
    2. The group who believe their FM characters are role models, and do not want them to be tainted.  They will however allow villains to abuse substance.

    Now, what I find so interesting about this topic is that it raises the question of 'Are you writing your story to tell a story, or satisfy an urge?'.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing any works at all, but many FM stories are blatantly written to satisfy a fetish.  I have nothing against this, and personally enjoy them as well as those with more developed plots. 

    Only a few authors try to tell a story beyond that of muscle growth, female dominance, and sex.  These stories are written for fulfilling a fantasy, and as stated in this thread by some, and frankly, one's fantasy girl often times won't be riddled with substance problems.

    Perhaps a story daring to go beyond pleasure, and include a main character riddled with troubles, substance included, would be a good read.  However, I am not so sure of how easily this could relate into a (for lack of a better term) sexy fantasy.

    On one last quick question to the writers while they're here:

    Those of you who say they view FM characters as role models for children, why exactly is this a factor?  If I am not mistaken, many of these stories include pornographic material, and are not intended for children to read in the first place.  (Nothing critical, just curious about the mindset of some FM writers)

    Jayne Greye

    I have no problem with characters who use drugs/roids. If it fits in the plot why not (since the audience I write for is not young adult/children). As for smoking I detest it personally so have never considered having my characters do it. As for product placement I dont see the point unless it was a film script and I was making money for it. Only then, would I approve if I didn’t hate the corporation associated with it.

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