Iíve just been browsing through TV Tropes and came across the subject of brother sister incest, which is a fairly common trope in literature and films. According to what I read there, which is supported in my own experiences of reading fiction, the subject of incest, whether itís between brother and sister or otherwise, is usually treated in a negative light, e.g., there are almost always negative consequences/ramifications from such behavior. Iíve used this trope in two of my novels, michelle questionmark and Valentine Road, and while the consequences in michelle questionmark are negative, the consequences/ramifications in Valentine Road are not. My questions, and the (desired) points of discussion, are these: Have you used this trope or do you plan to use it in any of your work? If you do, how do you plan to use it? Do you think itís possible or acceptable to show incest in at least a benign (if not positive) light (as I do, for the most part, in Valentine Road)? Iím not looking for anyoneís personal feelings/attitudes about incest, but about the trope itself as a plot or plot point. The reason this is a question for me is because I see a lot of material on the internet, and have seen a lot of material in literature, that has led me to conclude that people tend to have a fascination for this subject, and itís not entirely of the morbid kind. Best example: the fascination people have for the idea that Luke and Leia in the Star Wars films are brother and sister; Iíve seen every kind of reaction, ranging from horror and revulsion to humor/parody to vehement insistence that Luke and Leia ďbelong together.Ē I think that last idea is the one that intrigues me the most. Itís easyóand safer, I thinkóto have any incestuous behavior on the part of your characters result in negative consequences, but what if you wrote something in which your characters were romantically involved, and though they faced negative consequences or ramifications as a result, their love/relationship survived and was ultimately condoned? Can the argument for valid romance in incestuous relationships be made?
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