I'm having a bit of an issue with realism. My novel is quite unrealistic but that is a big part of the story- it follows the protagonist around as he goes through comical situations and hilarious antics, which are not exactly believable. Is this bad? I don't want to be conformed to the mundane cycle of having him act in funny but 'average Joe' scenarios. I think that an element of craziness is needed in my book. But in the long run, will I be safe to do so? Or will a publisher not go with something ridiculous? So you know, the purpose of my novel is to put a funny face on serious social issues by having a loveable character present them. My protagonist is an alcoholic, gambling-addicted, drug-fuelled chauvinist who exhibits racist behaviour and harbours many psychological issues (delusions of grandeur, power-tripping, etc.). But I make the character someone who people like, so it not only takes the edge of his offensive idiosyncrasies, but it actually makes you miss them entirely. The reader ends up laughing at racism, misogyny and other related issues, and is supposed to represent how easy it is to fall into the trap of following the crowd and becoming racist/sexist/etc. It demonstrates how social issues actually come into existence, develop and spread. So, do you think that, everything considered, I would be able to get this published in the face of it not being very realistic in some aspects? (Sorry about the very poor writing quality of this post, I'm watching TV while posting this- just so you know that I don't write this poorly in the actual novel).