1. Robert_S

    Robert_S Senior Member

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    Is this stereotyping?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Robert_S, Jan 13, 2015.

    In the story, the main character is flashing back to how he acquired a very rare Gibson Les Paul when he was 15-16. He bought it from a rather low individual for what is a dump price.

    The main finds it's a stolen instrument and returns it to the owner, who is a late age black r&b guitarist.

    I'm wondering if I'm risking a stereotype here.
     
  2. Void

    Void Senior Member

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    I wouldn't worry too much, while it might fit into various stereotypes, I don't think actively avoiding these traits is necessary. In fact, it could be argued that to avoid it is still acknowledgement of the stereotype.
     
  3. DeadMoon

    DeadMoon The light side of the dark side Contributor

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    I wouldn't think it would matter if it is thought of as a stereotype of not. Actively avoiding the stereotype might make the story seem to Politically correct.
     
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    Selbbin I hate you Contributor

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    Stereotyping is typing with both hands at the same time...

    ..sorry.
     
  6. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    I've met more than one elderly, black blues musician. I don't think there is anything stereotypical about that, if that's what you're worried about.
     
  7. Link the Writer

    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    If it's a stereotype, it's one of the nicer ones. ;)

    But seriously, don't worry about it. You could even lampshade the whole thing if you wanted.
     

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