Date: 2012-04-07 07:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lascoden
Honest question: How do you feel about stories with black and white morality? I know quite a few people who hate the concept because they find it unrealistic. Do you prefer grey morality stories, or have no opinion either way?


Date: 2012-04-07 07:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
I want what makes a convincing story, and to have a black and white morality in a story is limiting, lacks verisimilitude, and pretty much negates suspense, doesn't it? And the only serious point of doing that anyway, beyond just lack of imagination on the part of a writer, is to arrive at a conclusion that's largely preordained.

So I'd probably favor a more organic approach. I don't really think of it as an either/or issue, more of bad vs. good writing. But this is me also speaking as a creator. It's just that idea is artificial and kind of boring. I didn't even really care for it when Morrison made use of it.

But saying that's how DC is is not necessarily criticism of DC, just characterization. For good or ill, they are often in the B/W realm and when they deviate from it, it's noticeable.


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