College of Arts and Sciences


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


James Latta


Fantasy, Vulgarity


Creative Writing


Every day, I am bombarded by vulgarity of every kind through the people around me, the television, music, and sadly literature as well. The fantasy genre is a genre that is filled with made-up worlds and creatures that come from the awe-inspiring human imagination. However, it is not untouched by the vulgarity of this world. Fantasy novels have become just as filled with foul language and sex as the so-called “trashy romance” novels have in them. What is most disturbing about all this is that the vulgarity has leaked into the fantasy novels made for teens. I aim to create pieces geared toward adults that wouldn’t expose young people to anything vulgar. If my students come across my writings one day and pick them up, I don’t want to be embarrassed by the content they might be reading. I want them to enjoy it and be able to get something out of it. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are exceptional writers who I hope to emulate. I might never reach their writing style or fame, but I want my writing to be as powerful as theirs. I want my writing to be able to be read by teenagers and adults alike.