Thursday, 31 July 2014

Writing - Women are laughing in Turkey

Characterisation, or building your heroes, heroines and villains, is one of the major tools for engaging readers. Writing about emotions is an essential part of making your characters 'real', so you have to be in the mind of the character when funny, sad or other emotional reactions are required. Having the people in your books laugh at something needs special work which could be difficult if you're a female writer in Turkey!


In no way is this blog an attempt at slurring any political or religious culture but it is for real.

Women across Turkey are posting photos of themselves laughing and smiling on social media. Why?
Women should not laugh in public. So said Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc in a speech on Monday about "moral corruption" in Turkey. "Chastity is so important," he said. "She will not laugh in public."
His comments have prompted a big backlash from women on social media in Turkey, with thousands posting photos of themselves laughing and smiling on Twitter and Instagram. There have been more than 300,000 tweets using the term "kahkaha" - the Turkish word for "laughter" - and on the hashtags "Resist Laughter" (#direnkahkaha) and "Resist Woman" (#direnkadin).
Many suggested the government should focus on issues like rape, domestic violence and the marriage of girls at a young age - rather than women laughing in public. 


Bulent Arinc

I'm sure that Mr Arinc meant well and that there is considerable more behind his pronouncement than on face value.

Continuing on the theme of emotion in your stories, how often do your characters tell jokes? Yet when groups of people get together they tell jokes, laugh and open up to each other on a public superficial level. Perhaps its considered too trivial but it is human. We all do violence, anger, scorn and sarcasm really well but don't forget humorous laughter.






 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!

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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

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