While I reconstructed the website, I noticed quite a few of my stories were missing from the updated Library page (which makes me worry I still overlooked a few--let me know if I did). In order to retrieve the missing links, I Googled the stories. To my surprise, a result for a comment tied to the original What Do You Mean Transgressive Fiction? populated. Whether it was my dangerously addictive curiosity or some underlying vanity, I decided to follow the link and read the comment.
The comment simply informed me another website mentioned the post in an effort to define transgressive fiction as a genre. My first thought, which probably stemmed from that underlying vanity, was "That's kind of cool," but by the time I finished reading the blog post, I wasn't too sure.
The way the author defined transgressive fiction wasn't 100% inaccurate, but it focused heavily on ideas such as "pedophilia, incest, sadomasochism which leads to death," and never once touched on the subjects of "self-identity, inner-peace, or personal freedom."
Different routes, same destination
In his definition of the transgressive fiction genre, he forgets to mention why the characters do the terrible things they do sometimes. Every strong character has a stronger motive.
For most transgressive pieces, finding that missing something about themselves is the key. Whether it's figuring out their own identities, discovering that inner-peace, or reaping the benefits of personal freedom, the erratic characters of most transgressive works are out to rebuild themselves or change themselves for the better. Even with examples such as Fight Club, which seemingly focus on consumerism, a strong narrative pull is the inner struggle of the protagonist.
So as most of you know from reading my posts before, I've meant to be facietous while poking fun at Jed's post. I'm delighted he decided to bring me into the equation. His website is actually kind of neat. Almost every day he defines a different word or phrase while tying in a personal story. As he admits though, "Sometimes I get carried away with the commentary and almost forget what word I'm exposing!"
If you want to read more about the transgressive genre, check out Part One.
Thanks for reading!
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