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Heather Munn

March 15, 2013  10:50pm

Well, Janet, my point wasn't about the show as such. My point was that fiction means something, the event in the show means something. It seems you believe that what was presented in the show does reflect important realities, so I would say we agree on the idea that fiction means something. I was not really making a point about the show (which I haven't watched) but making a point that "it's just fiction" is not an adequate defense of it. It's appropriate to criticize fiction for giving its audience a false perception of reality, because giving a perception of reality is what fiction does. One BIG problem I have with the general trend of fiction is its portrayal of miscarriage--in fiction, miscarriage is almost always someone's fault, which is very untrue to reality, and harmful. That would be worth a her.meneutics article sometime! Oh, and thank you, Tim!

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S Griffin

February 06, 2013  2:35pm

Since the article is about a "show" you can always change the station and find something else to watch. No profound answers needed here. It's real simple. Watch something else.

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JANET W

February 04, 2013  12:56pm

Heather, I don't know if I get your point. The author of the article wasn't necessarily saying that the scripting was poorly worded or the scene was somehow not "true to life" -she was commenting that viewers would equate childbirth with being a dangerous and possibly life-threatening condition (which, quite honestly, it is). She then went on to comment that because the vast majority of physicians are men, that women are set up to wait for their "knight in shining armour" in the guise of a physician during child-birth. Ridiculous. The truth is that in 3rd world countries, a whole lot of women die in child-birth. Not just babies. Mothers. And the reason this is so, is because there is no one trained (whether it be a male or female) with the know-how and medical technology available to save that mother's life. We should be marveling that in our industrialized countries that women no longer hold a real fear of dying in child-birth. That wasn't the reality for our grandmothers.

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Tim Fall

February 02, 2013  8:29am

Heather Munn, that is one of the best and most concise defenses of lit crit I've ever read. Well put. Cheers, Tim (timfall.wordpress.com)

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Heather Munn

February 01, 2013  11:25pm

How come whenever someone criticizes a work of fiction, have a dozen people show up and yell "IT'S JUST FICTION!" I've seen it on Amazon too, and I honestly do not understand it. Yes, it's fiction, that's the point. What, you think she should criticize someone for dying in childbirth in real life? I write fiction. When I decide to have something major happen in a book--like a character dying--I think it over carefully. It means something. I am saying "This is what life is like." If I set up a major event in a book a certain way and someone came along and criticized what she thought it said about life, and someone else popped up and defended me by saying "It's just fiction!" I'd be way more angry at the defender. Because what *she's* saying is that my work means nothing, says nothing about life, and I wasted my time putting thought & sweat & care into it because its only purpose is to distract people briefly from their problems.

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