When fiction is awesome and reality… isn’t

16 Oct

Some of you might know that I really enjoy reading stories about bear shifters. I don’t know why, exactly. But I love them.

Or at least, I did.

I should put a disclaimer on this post. If you don’t like to be confronted by nature and how hard it can be to survive in the wilderness, please don’t read on.

One day I’m tweeting about how much I love bear shifters.

Later that night I’m watching North America (recommended for all authors).

Then something horrible happens.

The documentary shows bears. They are very cute! Oh, and look! Cubs! Adorable.

Then the narrator says this: Adult male bears in the wild will kill cubs if they get in their way.

*Stares in horror at screen*

They didn’t just say…

Yes, they did.

Male bears get very violent when they’re defending their food. Which makes sense. I mean the wild is not an easy place to survive.

I’m not going to lie. Reality kind of ruined bear shifters for me.

I hope one day I can move on from this devastation. But until then…

I’m horrified.

And people are like why do you read so much? Why do you write romance?

Because in fiction, bear shifters are big, growly attractive men with hearts of gold. In reality, bears are well… not.

(No offense to bears! I know… it’s nature.)


8 Responses to “When fiction is awesome and reality… isn’t”

  1. Tammy Sparks October 16, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    I’ve never read a bear shifter story but now I really want to LOL!

    • Kinley Baker October 16, 2013 at 2:15 am #

      Lol! I have suggestions!!! The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston. If you like paranormal romance, I love this whole series. 🙂 And Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica Sims.

  2. gillandrews October 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I have a question. Who are bear shifters? Maybe it’s a stupid question, but I’m just not a native speaker. The only thing I can imagine is that these are some people relocating bears from point A to point B for a living. But this can’t be it. I also googled. Google couldn’t tell me anything specific and showed me lots of inappropriate book covers with no bears at all. Can’t say whether something was being shifted there either, I had to quickly close the browser tab. And now I’m confused.

  3. Kinley Baker October 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    They are bear shape shifters in paranormal romance novels. They’re like werewolves who turn into wolves, but they turn into bears instead. Yeah,that might be a scary thing to google. If you like paranormal romance, the books I listed above in the comments give more insight but they are high heat level romances. So be warned if you don’t read a lot of romance. Sorry for the confusion! Hope this helps. 🙂

    • gillandrews October 17, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Hahaha… Wouldn’t have guessed in 100 years! Thanks for clarifying 🙂

      The paranormal romance is not my thing though. I had very strict parents that led to very little exposure to TV or this kind of books. I still believe that whatever they show in movies is for real. That’s why I watch mostly comedies and cartoons. If I were to read a paranormal anything let me assure you I wouldn’t be sleeping for weeks 😀

      • Kinley Baker October 18, 2013 at 1:04 am #

        Sorry about that! I realized that if you don’t read the genre it would be very confusing. I’m obsessed with paranormal. I do write contemporary though, too. I used to think I couldn’t write contemporary because I don’t have a grip on “reality”. Apparently that doesn’t matter. 🙂

  4. Pauline Baird Jones October 22, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    I never like bears. Ever. LOL

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