Having read both ‘Lucky’ and ‘the Lovely Bones’ I realise that writing about these subjects can be a good thing - whether that’s for lifting taboos on victim experiences, debunking victim blaming, or simply giving a victim assurance that they are not alone -
HOWEVER, I find it worrying, almost gross, that the use of rape and abuse is so casual in fandoms. Tumblr is a great place (sometimes) and we all generally rally against Rape Culture and Victim Blaming, but this gesture is so fucking hollow if you go ahead and write a multi-chaptered graphic series only about Jim Moriarty raping an underage character.
"Oh but he’s evil, he’d do that!" - yes, people commit crimes, but examine the way it’s written.
- is the attack overly explicit to the point of eroticism?
- is it written so that the victim ends up enjoying themselves? (there is a place for dub-con, namely grounded in ‘this is a kink and most definitely a fantasy’.)
- does the abuse or rape make up the majority of your work?
If the answer to any of these is yes, well done! Your writing is problematic.
And I’m not out to kink shame, God no, just use your kinks responsibly. I know it’s on the internet and “isn’t hurting anyone” but recall Tumblr’s reaction to 50 Shades of Grey? That is a terrible representation of the BDSM kink and the misinformation it spreads is dangerous for any reader who uses it as a step-by-step guide for BDSM or sex and relationships in general.
Don’t let your work be like that.