By Anoushka Beazley, Nov 14 2016 09:32AM
I struggled to write a blog post last week. The political reality of the world dominated my fiction. This last election was not in my country but it is my world and I found myself more upset than when I woke up to find 'the British people' had voted to leave the EU. I eventually excused that vote as an unfortunate fuck up. This second vote, Trump as President, feels in the words of the man himself, as a movement, by definition a movement comprised of many more fuck ups to come. I have three children. I don't smoke weed anymore - though considering the way the election turned out I totally understand the decision to legalise marijuana. I have no choice but to get up early in the morning and face the day. The girls have just finished a project on the Suffragettes. They learned how hard women fought to have the vote but there is man sitting in the white house who has spoken of overturning Roe v Wade. It feels like we're going back in time. My Sri Lankan parents came over on a boat in the fifties. They worked hard, good law-abiding people. The world is more culturally empathic and richer for historical global migration but now the President-elect is talking of building a wall. It feels like we're going back in time.
I don't know what to say to my children but say something I must as 52% of voters in Britain chose to leave the European Union and 60+ million Americans voted for a bigoted/racist/sexist reality TV celebrity to become President. Clearly people are unhappy with the establishment - we get it - but change at any cost could do more to fuck up this world than ignoring climate change, another inspired idea by the President-elect. I don't want to hate, I don't want to be scared and I'm trying really hard not to judge but I worry when people cast reactionary votes because their lives have been affected to a point where now they hate, they are scared and they judge. As a writer I write general fiction. I wrote #thegoodenoughmother. Donald Trump is not a good enough president.
I am a fiction writer. I write general fiction created from the world around us and it is the main category, the mothership, the place where all the other strands of fiction descend from.
I need dystopian fiction to remain a sub-genre.