What's the difference between dark writing and edgy writing? How do you avoid turning something dark into something edgy?
Elio said:I think the difference boils down to how writers use literary devices and manipulating them for the story, and how believable and human it reads in the end. Often I notice "edgy" writers just. Try too hard to be dark, if it makes sense. I notice this a lot in roleplay on Tumblr. They would employ and use every tip in the "how to write dark fiction" rulebook (gleaned from YA horror fiction mostly) and give their characters brooding pasts, bloody histories -- the entire shebang.
But dark writers know if there's too much of something and dial it down a bit or a lot depending on what you're writing. Dark writers know their stories isn't about shocking people from whatever dark thing they're writing. They know that they need to make it believable and human, even if they're writing about a serial werewolf killer in the Middle Ages. It's why you could have a million YA books about vampires but the ones that will always be on the minds of people is either the Anne Rice vampire fiction, or the Darren Shan saga -- because they don't just focus on the vampires, but the people around them, their lives, their emotions -- how their actions affect these and where do they go from there. Edgy writers focus too much on trying to make the story as dark as possible without realizing that a story comprises of a LOT of things.
Edgy: He twirled the blade around six times and prepared to slay the villainous villain as he'd sworn to do on the day of his Blade Vows.
Dark: In a knife fight, the winner is the one who dies in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.