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Novels without Conflict?

September 12, 2012 — 10 Comments

It wasn’t until recently when someone pointed it out to me that I realised fully how different my novels were.  I always thought they were quite full of suspense, but a shocked reader informed me that she found the absence of the “normal elements of fiction” unpalatable – referring to the near-absence of a villain and conflict in my first novel, Ephemerine Tree.

I started thinking about it and comparing my novels to others in the top ebook lists.  It dawned on me that main characters in novels nowadays do not only have to go through growth and transformation, but also through intense conflict and severe trauma, and especially violent trauma.  They have to wake up in a pool of blood without any memory of what had happened to them, later to discover they are the victim of an ancient supernatural enemy, in order for a book to be popular.

Then I did a bit of research on the internet on conflict.  Here are some of the headings I found:

“No Conflict, No Fiction.”

“Writing Conflict – Understanding the most important part of fiction.”

“Without conflict there is no purpose to fiction.”

Ah, now I recalled how we were indoctrinated in school from a young age to believe there is a set of rules regarding literature that needs to be followed, and that it always involves conflict.

Who made the rule?  And who benefits from this rule being diligently followed?

It never ceases to amaze me how people desire to have peace on the planet, yet they WATCH and READ CONFLICT all the time!  How can we expect peace on the planet or in our own lives if we are constantly creating thoughts of conflict?

You may not immediately see the results of your thoughts – you may not read about a murder tonight and end up with a knife in your heart tomorrow.  Thoughts do not manifest that way.  They gradually accumulate and attract similar frequencies, and finally they may manifest in the distant future, perhaps only in a next life.   They may manifest in a similar but related form.  You may end up just cutting your finger instead.

The earth we live on now is the result of our past thoughts and the thoughts of our ancestors.  I will not say too much about thought manifestation here, but will include one quote from a New Age book just for those interested in this topic:

“Every time you think a thought, you are leaving a morphogenetic imprint within the frequency bands in which your consciousness was stationed.  You will run into that thought pattern, in combination with others from the collective consciousness, as a manifestation in physical reality.  Morphogenetic fields are the form-holding patterns through which matter forms and events manifest.  When a morphogenetic field is created, it begins to draw frequency patterns into itself, expanding, accreting, and “fleshing itself out into matter.”  Have you ever considered where thoughts go once your attention has left them?  Part of what appears to you as manifest reality now, from your D-4 station of attention, represents your thought-forms, and those of the collective masses, that were left behind as morphogenetic fields when your conscious focus of attention was stationed in the dimension below your present focus.”

–          Voyagers II, The Secrets of Amenti by Ashayana Deane

Enough said about thought creation.  Yes, my novels contain very little conflict, but there is some tension and definitely a change and growth in the main character(s).  My novels are supposed to be a part of positive co-creation.  I am not planning to change that.  There are already thousands of novels out there that cater for every type of adrenalin rush you may feel you need, my novels are an endeavour to write on a different frequency.  I am not saying better, just different.

“But how can one experience or know joy without experiencing sorrow?” you may ask. Well, you don’t need to be tortured in a pool of red stuff by unsightly dark beings in order to appreciate joy.  The energies on our planet are not balanced at the moment.  Think about it.  How many things can you do to your little finger to give it pain?  I can write a lengthy list:

Bang it in a door.

Bite it.

Hit it.

Put it under the car tyre.

Feed it to a vicious dog.

Slice it into pieces.

Burn it.

Prick it with a needle.

Tap the blood out of it.

Use a hammer to drive a nail through it.

Pour acid onto it…

I’m sure you can come up with more imaginative suggestions, especially if you are an author. How many pleasurable and loving things can you do to your little finger?

Lick it.

Kiss it.

Rub it.

Tickle it with a feather?

The negative suggestion list is far longer, isn’t it?  It’s also easier to think of gruesome ideas to add to that list.  Why?  Suffice to say there is an imbalance of energies on our planet, and more conflict-free, positive, inspiring (but not boring!) novels are welcome.

The last point is important too.  They should not be boring.  No moralistic sermons.  A challenge, isn’t it?  Can you create fun, interesting but light-hearted, positive fiction?  Do you think my novels are successful examples of this rare genre?

Mirti Venyon Reiyas