When I write stories that are set in more modern surroundings and modern times I sometimes get advice from people and suggestions that concern the realism of spankings and whippings and things like that. This makes me think about what is real and what is not real in a story. Don't get me wrong! I do want to hear from you, Dear Readers! It is just that it fascinates me why this happens only with stories that are, seemingly, set in our present world. It appears as if those stories are more realistic than others, like the ones when there is some cruel whipping in a town square.
Maybe it is the case that when the setting is a modern world or at least something that appear modern we, as readers, tend to apply modern rules and think that the story is about the real world. My position has always been that it is not and that the similarity is only an illusion. I think it is easier to accept a story about a Roman slaver who whips the living daylight out of a slave than a person who could be someone we meet in the street doing the same to someone. We may even see the exotic setting as a little romantic and a whipping as something quite exciting.
I still think that all my stories are fantasy stories, they are all set in fantasy land and they are all unreal or even surreal. They are all dreams. I have this fantasy that strikes now and then and you have seen it as an element in my stories. It is about the stranger or near stranger that without asking puts his hand down my knickers. In the real world this would be outrageous, at least in my part of if. I would most likely scream and try to punch him and be terribly upset and traumatised by it. As a fantasy, on the other hand, I may find myself surprised ans excited by it. It is the thing that breaks down a barrier and makes the world come closer to me.
Even if this is more realistic than say a spaceship or a Roman slaver and, thus, more likely to really occur, it doesn't make it more real in a story. It is still a fantasy and it is still about how I feel and how I choose to lay out the world. It is a surreal world, a world I move in when I am in my fantasies.
The bottom line is, don't believe a word of what you read here! It is all made up and it is all surreal and strange, however real it may appear on the surface. I know you know this but I can't help myself talking about this and perhaps it is a kind of disclaimer for me, that everything is fiction and not real. It is not even realistic, it is surreal.