I think I may already know the answer, but what are your thoughts on the Zola/Jessica story from Twitter?
The tweets themselves are tragically hilarious. Aziah has a strong voice. I’m guessing only about half of her Florida story is true, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining.
I dunno. I’ve known my fair share of Zolas, Jessicas, Jarrets, and Zs, so the larger context of the narrative kind of breaks my heart. There are so many layers of exploitation that you can lose track of them. After a while, the whole thing becomes an exercise in meta-exploitation, especially when you start throwing in potential book and movie deals.
Ultimately, I don’t care whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. It’s compelling either way. Those characters are so vivid for me that I can’t help but look past the outrageous zingers and see all the trauma and dysfunction underneath. That’s why it’s good writing, and that’s why I definitely want to see more stories from Aziah, ones that she hopefully gets paid to write.