The Microsoft Word demo on our new computer has run out and I'm officially on 'word. doc lock-down' until I (locate our old version amidst the various software in our desk drawers/make hubby sit down to actually..) install it. Therefore I apologise in advance for all the hideous spelling errors this post will inevitably contain. I feel like I'm giving a lecture with my clothes off.
Today's Monday Misdemeanor: Defamation
Some of the great plot twists in many books or movies is the moment where we feel the MC has hit rock bottom. Maybe they've lost a battle, a friend, a family member.
Or maybe they've simply lost their reputation.
Slander is a plot device used by some of the most memorable antagonists. Whether it's a highschool girl suffering from rumors propogated by her arch nemesis, or a spectacled wizard being called a lunatic in the local papers because he says the wizarding world's equivilent of Hitler is back on the loose- slander is used in order to discredit and bring down the MC. What works with this method is that it really gives the reader a sense of true loss.
After all, everyone can relate. No one likes to have hurtful or false things said about them. It's painful to think those around us view us in a negative light. But the most powerful thing about slander and defamation is that often times, if we hear it enough and enough people believe these negative things - WE could start to believe them. And when that day comes, all is truly lost.
Thankfully, most stories serve as an example that slander can be overcome by knowing who you are, having confidence, determination, and excluding those that think less of you from your life.
Those stories that show how slander can destroy a person to their very core serve as a reminder that nothing anyone says, writes, or spreads about you should be allowed to determine your self worth and you have the power to overcome it.