Monday, October 18, 2010

Judgement Day

Okay, so the drama over DILF continues and we need your help. If you haven't been on Twitter, here are the cold, hard facts...

Laura is having some second thoughts about including DILF in the manuscript. Lisa is not. Laura is a wet blanket. Lisa's pushing to scandalize children.

Context: Kate, our MC, is about to have a conversation with Mr. Farrow, hot dad.

Before I’d finished gathering my stuff, the door opened. Mr. Farrow, current CEO of Farrow Developers, president of the Pemberly Brown Academy Board, and total DILF (please don't make me translate that) made his way in. Now this was getting interesting.

So, is Laura overthinking it (as usual)? Or is Lisa gearing up to spread filth? You be the judge...

DILF, yay or nay?
Yay! Hello? It's hilarious. DILF, DILF, DILF, DILF, DILF, D-DILF
Nay! It's crossing the line, yo. What is this porn?

  
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23 comments:

Samantha Vérant said...

If said character doesn't go all American Pie on the DILF- why not? But if she hooks up with DILF? No.

salarsenッ said...

I think it puts reality in the manuscript. We might not want to admit it, but this is a topic teens discuss.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I'm still trying to translate the acronym.

Maybe after some coffee ... Or in the middle of class today, I'll slap my head and burst out: "OH ...."

Hopefully not in front of my 5th grade students.

Matthew Rush said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with the concept, but I also really don't buy a teenage girl using that acronym. It just doesn't feel right. I mean I certainly think they do think about stuff like that, but I just can't see them using that term, not that it isn't hilarious though.

E.J. Wesley said...

I say put it in and wait to see how it feels in the context of the story in its entirety. If it feels dirty, cheap, or tacked on at that point, then ax it. Or, make your agent judge it as fit or unfit (a'la Cesar) after the fact.

Crushes (both natural and unnatural) are part of life. I do believe our sensibilities can get in the way of our writing at times.

Christine Danek said...

Maybe I'm out of touch. Do teenagers say this? I think leave it see how you feel about it later. It may jump out at you and seem strange, but it may not.
I'm sure I'm not a big help. Sorry.

ReggieWrites said...

Not to be stupid or anything...but what's a DILF? Sorry if I'm a little clueless... LOL

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Love that your keeping it real.
Nothing wrong with a DILF, lol.

Loretta Nyhan said...

Some of the dads in our neighborhood have a band. They calls themselves The DILFs. Everyone thinks it's pretty funny--I don't remember anyone being offended.

B.E. Sanderson said...

How sad is it that I had to google for the meaning of DILF??

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I had to google the term. All I can say is, "Ewwwww!"

But then you never saw most of my friends' dads. *shudders at the thought*

When I was a teen, I wasn't thinking about sex. I just wanted a boyfriend. I was still clueless about sex (seriously clueless.) If I was a teen now, I wouldn't be so clueless, but I doubt I would feel that way about a friend's dad. It just seems so wrong.

It depends on the character, though. With some characters, I can totally see that . . . but I'm not sure if Kate is one of them (not that I've read the book). ;)

Meg said...

It is a valid thing for some teenagers to day. I think you need to ask yourself if you would still be comfortable using it if you spelled it out.

Erica M. Chapman said...

Love it! Keep, keep! It's funny and as long as it fits Kate, go for it ;o)

Reggie- (it's a dad I'd like to F***)

Cara said...

I'm 'older' so I'm a little out of step with current acronyms, but I think I fuguered this out. The F is a given - it comes up so often - the rest, I think, is Dad I'd like to ...
I/m finding it had to think teens think this was, but - who knows.

Katie said...

I think most teens would be horrified, if not grossed out by banging dads. ha! When I was a teen, a college boy was smokin' hot and desirable, but a dad was fully gross.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

LOL I have DILF in my current WIP, and I've had 50/50 on CP feedback about whether or not I should keep it... Can't wait to hear what you guys decide!

Nicole Zoltack said...

It depends on the story and the character. Personally, I agree with Katie. College guys, yes. My friends' dads? Eww, no way.

Talli Roland said...

Um... I have absolutely no idea what DILF stands for. But hey, if it scandalises, I say put it in, put it in!

Marsha Sigman said...

I would leave it in. You want to depict teenagers honestly? Then go with it.

Lauren Elizabeth Morrill (Mona Mour) said...

I don't think DILF is crude or anything like that... but as someone who's seen American Pie and is of the age where I should totally know what that means... I still had to pause and run it through my head a couple times. Maybe that's a reason to leave it out?

Jemi Fraser said...

I had to search DILF on Google. *sigh* Signs I'm getting old :(

I think it depends on the target age - I know it's YA, but will it be aimed at high school or younger? Many kids in my grade 5/6 read YA and I'm not sure their parents would appreciate seeing DILF. If they knew what it meant... :)

Me, I don't have any problem with it. So I'm no help at all... :)

Lori W. said...

I gotta say I agree w/Matthew's comment: can't see a teenage girl saying it or thinking it. Her mom? Yes. The moms at my kids' school totally throw this term around (in jest). But, I'm thinking teen girls would be grossed out by anyone over thirty for sure. Remember what you thought of as "old" when you were a teen? :)

Claire Dawn said...

One of the characters in Lee Nichols' DECEPTION adds ILF to everything!

By the way, what's the D? Dude?