Monday, October 31, 2016

A Writer's Defense of Bitterness

How a legitimate character trait got a bad rap, and why we shouldn't be afraid to use it. 

We've been told our whole lives that being bitter, being petty, holding on to hurt feels is bad, bad, bad. This is probably why in fiction of all genres bitterness is an emotional state left mostly to antagonists, or worse, outright villains. The good, sweet, kindhearted protagonists are supposed to forgive, forget, rise above, get zen with the situation, because forgiveness is divine, etcetera, etcetera.