Why Death is Not Inherently Interesting
I knew a guy in my MFA program who forbade his introductory fiction students from writing about death. This surprised me at first, and when I mentioned it to a friend, I was told about another professor who outlawed death unless death came with a one-page obituary. No one could die, no one could have dead parents–basically, death as motivation was Not Kosher. The point, I have gathered after many drinks of thinking about it, was that death was not inherently a conflict or a point of interest. What is a conflict or a point of interest is the loss of a life that we care about. But before the death, there has to be the caring. And if we can’t care about the life, you better make sure that death comes in the form of a 512 lb. eastern gorrilla.