|#8 | Posted: 7 Oct 2010 17:06|
Thanks, Eva. You are too kind.
Hmm. ID theft. The first thing that occurs to me is this: A guy steals a woman's purse, finds her ID cards, and then decides (or is forced) to become that woman. Too obvious?
I have written the odd identity theft tale (e.g., "The Replacement"). They're interesting, but the trouble is that the main character is essentially the bad guy (and later, the bad girl). There's no getting around it: identity theft is not only stealing, it's often murder (either literally or effectively, by stealing the poor woman's entire life). I have a hard time with that. Most such stories either ignore this aspect or try to justify it by making the woman a bad person, but I can't bring myself to take the easy way out.
You may have noticed that I wrote an identify theft story earlier this year ("Being Emily") where the m2f character was obviously bad (totally self-centered and oblivious to the fact he was doing something wrong), the woman was a nice person, and the "hero" of the story is the one who took the bullet in the end. I'm not so sure that people want more of that kind of story; it's kind of a one-trick pony.
Anyway, I'll keep your request in mind. Maybe I'll come up with a fresh angle.