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Re: Character Creation Discussion: Traumatic Histories and Good Taste
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2013, 04:03:23 AM »
I actually vaguely cited MSB in my example in that thread. XD

But yes, anything can be adult.  You can tell an adult story and still have it be rated G.  Younger writers tend to be under the impression that for a story to be "adult," then it needs to have drugs, sex, violence, and other "adult" themes.  While, yes, those can be used, they shouldn't be the driving force of your story.  Your story should still be able to stand on its own with those themes removed. 

Do you have an interesting character?  Do they have an interesting story to tell?  Do we want to follow that character through their story?  What makes that character interesting?

I'm sorry, but drug addiction does not make a character interesting.  Drug addiction is a glaring weakness.  It is something that needs to be overcome, and if the character's story does not allow them to overcome that weakness, then why should we care?  That character has not grown or changed in any way.

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Re: Character Creation Discussion: Traumatic Histories and Good Taste
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2013, 05:55:13 AM »
"Adult" stories can also consist of material that most kids simply wouldn't understand. Material such as financial troubles, depression or the values and hardships of parenthood.

Ratatouille is a children's movie through-and-through, and one scene revealed a letter written by Linguini's mother, telling the antagonist (I forgot his name) that Gusteau (owner of the restaurant) was Linguini's father. They basically told the audience right out in the open that she got knocked up and hid the secret of him being the father.

That's something kids wouldn't quite grasp onto, but the adults would go, "Ohhhh."

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Re: Character Creation Discussion: Traumatic Histories and Good Taste
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2013, 05:57:14 AM »
People have a misunderstanding about what is "mature" or "adult". Most people seem to think it involves needless violence and substance use, when the real mature stories doesn't focus on that stuff. It might be there or implied, but the main focus it needs not be. It's how the people (characters, whatever) react to whatever circumstances are thrown at them, not what they use to deal with the circumstances.