Earned Suffering and “Hello Kitty Must Die”

Of all the books I read last week, the one that stood out the most was Angela S. Choi’s Hello Kitty Must Die. (Warning: spoilers follow.)
The idea of earned and unearned suffering is practically at the heart of this book, as narrated by its Chinese-American lady lawyer protagonist, Fiona Yu. Given that the other main [...]

On Unearned Suffering

I’ve noticed something of a pattern in my, and other people’s, approach to the conflicts of stories and the way the main characters suffer: there’s got to be a reason to it.
The idea is simple: a focal bad thing happening to someone needs to have some sort of reason, or else we look at the [...]