Saturday, 21 June 2008

Parental Alienation in Fiction

Here's a secret: I'm a writer in my Other Life.

I've finally come up with a way of integrating Parental Alienation (and perhaps Covert Incest) into a piece of fiction. For three years a backdrop has floated around my mind but that is all it is: a backdrop. I've never had a story to go with it. It was more like an entry in an encyclopedia than a story per se: plenty of interesting and distinct characters, lovely scenery and voyages, family dynamics shifting and growing, love, hate, fear, epiphanies, a travelling circus ... I'll give too much away ... a wonderful little world - where nothing much happened. I had no real story.

But now I do! It's interesting that I can understand the mindset of the alienator now - I know why he did the things he did; I get the corrupted state of mind that allows a person to hurt his children - and as a consequence a beautiful piece of fictional history becomes something far greater and more meaningful.

Would you be interested in reading a novel about this subject?


Anonymous said...

It sounds fascinating, I actually have read a great deal of Michners work. It's been a great way for me to learn about history. I get too bored with dry history.

Smirking Cat said...

Are you still updating this blog? It's a subject a lot of people need to know more about, so I hope to see some new posts soon.

Anonymous said...

After 41 years of dealing with my ex I finally found the reason my children held absolute zero value for me. They would not spit on me if I was on fire.

Parental Alienation unchecked is forever. Unfortunately psychiatrists no longer treat or do therapy for patients; they just manage the drug prescriptions. Social workers apparently handle the therapy.

Alienated Children can become total narcissts like the parent doing the alienation. The more this trend is ignored, the more it will grow. It is grievous emotional abuse for the child.

If you have lived with such a person, then you are probably not afraid of going to hell; you've lived there.

Carol Porter said...

I'm very interested to read your novel, or chapters ... whatever you're ready to share.

So, what IS in a heart? said...

I think you should. It's a good kind of revenge.