At the risk of exposing my personal political views and alienating many of my dearly loved followers, I can't help but express my excitement. As some of you might heard, there's a little election going on these United States of A. This last weekend, my home state of Nevada received most of the focus for the Republican nomination for President. It just so happened that last Friday night Mitt Romney had a rally one block behind my house--at my local pizza joint.
I couldn't help myself, I had to go. My mom and I scooted ourselves up the street to see what all the hoopla was about. Let's just say there was a lot of passion, fervor, and enthusiasm--both for and against Mr. Romney. The part I loved about the experience was the energy. I felt inspired by the sheer buzz in the air. My creative mind was all aflutter, generating idea after idea for enriching and layering conflict in my manuscript.
But of course politics can be very divisive, and I believe it is generally not wise to interject personal political views in a work of fiction. However, like Suzanne Collins did so well in the Hunger Games, it is totally worthwile to look at it objectively as a source of conflict. In that case, it can be thought provoking and provide a powerful connection to the readers.
So what do you think? Is the discussion of politics okay in fiction?