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    For my AS English Lit coursework I have to do a creative response to a book, and I've chosen Lolita. I'm taking the theme of an unreliable narrator trying to make a taboo subject sound acceptable - ie HH makes being a paedophile and having sex with Lolita sound like an okayish thing, so that you have to step back from the novel and think 'this is wrong' - and what I'm doing is writing about a relationship between a brother and sister and trying to make it sound acceptable. but i really don't know how to do this..any help/tips/ideas lol?
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    I'm just imagining the look on your teacher's face when she reads it.
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    In the ancient times it was the "divine prerogative", only gods were allowed to do it, and it was taboo for non-gods (in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Japanes cultures, and others). The pharaoh in Egypt used to do it with his sisters (They believed the Pharaoh was of divine descent), I think, his wife was always a relative. Hope that helps.
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    I did a similar thing for my English coursework; it was about a woman who gets raped falling for her rapist.
    In my opinion, the trick is to pay a lot of attention to detail, build the feelings very very gradually between the characters, be very descriptive and emotive. Read around for taboo stories - steer away from the literotica because although they do have a good amount of incest stuff its there to get you aroused not to think about incest on a serious level. Actually this post is just stating the obvious but its quite easy to fall down on.
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    Read The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan.
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    Firstly i'm jealous, wish I could have done something with a book I acually like (ie Lolita) for my AS's.

    Are they a half or step brother and sister, do they know that they are brother and sister adopted etc?
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    Write it from the point that they met as adults?

    I'd find it easier to understand(?) incest if it was like that.
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    I remember reading an article in The Times or maybe The Guardian or something by a woman in love with her brother. I think that'd be a really good starting point. I'll see if I can find it.

    Edit - Here we go: http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/l...cle4332635.ece
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    Read Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides.
    ...Okay it's relly about a hermaphrodite but there's quite a bit of incest in there.
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    Or maybe you could do something like twins/brother and sister being separated at birth, falling in love and not realising they were related?
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    Its quite common aparently if they grow up apart and meet when they're adults, on one C4 documentary a while ago there was even a mother having sex with her son she'd had adopted after they'd been reunited...
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    (Original post by Meliae)
    I remember reading an article in The Times or maybe The Guardian or something by a woman in love with her brother. I think that'd be a really good starting point. I'll see if I can find it.

    Edit - Here we go: http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/l...cle4332635.ece
    ooh, thanks, that's really interesting!
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    (Original post by kamc)
    Its quite common aparently if they grow up apart and meet when they're adults, on one C4 documentary a while ago there was even a mother having sex with her son she'd had adopted after they'd been reunited...
    urgh i know i saw that, but i WANT it to be as taboo as poss so if they grew up together that would obviously be even worse.
 
 
 
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