The Inescapable

Since last week, I have seen several Twitter #writingcommunity authors voicing dislike at “politics” popping up in their timelines. Evidently they find it “distasteful.” Three quick examples:

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I suppose I have been muted in recent days then. I don’t much like seeing *party* politics too and try to avoid tweeting that sort of stuff. But that latter is not what I suspect those writers were complaining about.

You can try to cover your ears and hum loudly (“both sides” are “at fault” equally, etc.) during a week that saw a President of the United States egg on a mob that then invaded the Capitol. You may also claim you have no opinion(s) about that unprecedented happening – or publicly to pretend you don’t.

You just want to write, you say.

[Photo by me, Tyntesfield, Bristol, England, 2019.]

Uh, huh. Well, what are you writing?

Every genre has politics. From sci-fi to romance and then some, show me any fiction and I will point out the politics in it. “Politics” is inescapable and unavoidable.

For instance, Jane Austen does not share with us which, say, is the majority party in the House of Commons in 1813. But the basis of Pride and Prejudice (1813 was the year the novel was first published) is women finding themselves having to better their position socio-economically through marriage. That is *politics.*

[An 1800 France excerpt from Tomorrow The Grace. Paperback. Photo by me, 2021.]

As an author, true, you can choose to “mute” varieties of the word “politics” on Twitter. However, if you actually seriously think you can write fiction (particularly fiction aimed at an adult readership) that is devoid of politics you are frankly kidding yourself. As a former politics instructor, let me remind you: “Politics” in one form or another is in everything, because it is inseparable from life.