Monday, April 19, 2010

Pretty Pink Ribbons

They're soft. They're girly. They wrap things up all clean and pretty. Sometimes, that can be nice, preferable, even. And other times, well ... Other times I just want to shred the pretty pink satin to slivers.

Clearly, I'm not talking about actual ribbons here. I've gotten nothing against the frilly things. But when it comes to books and movies and television shows, I could stand a few less of them.

Or, if you're set on pink ribbons (hey, they definitely have their places), at least slice them up, let them fray at the edges. Because happily-ever-after perfection can get a little tired, a little cliche. Plus, it's not that realistic.

Yes, I read for a release, for an escape from the real world. And yes, I know it's fiction. But I'd still like to be grounded somewhere on this planet. I'd still like to feel, "Hey, I know these characters. And I believe what they're going through, because this is something that would happen in the real world."

What about you? Do you like your ribbons new, sliced, or completely absent?


Aubrie said...

Oh I like my pretty pink ribbons. But I'm learning as a writer to add more than that!

jessjordan said...

Aubrie: I like how you think :)

Little Ms J said...

What's the use of a ribbon you can't use? They all end up with tangles, gnarls and snags in the bottom of someone's trash bag or discarded after unwrapping. Those are the ones with the story.

Hardygirl said...

Slice 'em and dice 'em. I hate stories that wrap up too prettily!