Sonja

Beauty in Darkness
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2020-11-24 23:58:56 (UTC)

The power of words

I finished my last manuscript for the week and it's safe to say that this one is going straight into the 'Yes' basket.
It's a purple basket on my office desk, btw. I couldn't put this one down. A rare occasion.

I met the author of this manuscript a couple of weeks ago. Another rare occasion. Most of them prefer email.

When I met this author, I almost rolled my eyes. She was shy and quiet. She had a soft voice. She barely made eye contact and she blushed a lot. Which is why I waited until last minute to read her manuscript. Most of these 'nerdy' shy girl authors write boring stories. Predictable. Safe. It's not a bad thing, but get out of your comfort zone once in a while, yeah?

I have a deadline so I took the manuscript home. I'm not ashamed to say that I prayed a little bit for this one to be different before I opened the book. Not good, not great. Just Holy-shit-what-the-hell quality.

This book is not what I expected. At all.

This author. Dear God. This quiet,blushing author wrote a masterpiece. Disturbingly dark, yet hauntingly beautiful.

This book is all about the reader's perspective.
It could be a psychological thriller about the dark world of two, clueless mentally disturbed people.
OR
It could be a beautiful love story about two people with traumatic pasts, fighting their demons together.

There's only one sex scene and it's more than enough. If I ever dive into the darkest part of my mind and put it on paper, it will probably look a lot like this five page sex scene.
I almost can't believe it came from miss don't-look-at-me-I'm-too-shy.

Don't judge a book by its cover, yes?
Lesson learned.

Same with the ending. Fucking disturbing OR a mess of snot and tears. It all depends on the reader.

I imagine the readers will react to this book the same way people reacted to 'The Book' by Alan Watts.
Some wanted to bring him back to life to kill him again.
Some said the book changed their lives,while others failed to understand his sarcasm.
Some readers called the book a 'ramble'.
And some even said the book made them want to rebel against God.

Mixed feelings, but people will react. I have no doubt.

Like I said, a masterpiece.
Good for the author.
Not so good for the editor.

It's different. Different is good.
Always.


As Alan Watts once said;

'The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance'


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