|What's your opinion on the amount of social media/technology used in novels that are set in the modern world? I don't want to ignore it completely but I don't want my characters always on their facebook or twitter or playing angry birds. And I don't want to have cliche conflicts like oh noes controversial picture of them shows up on the interwebs~! (my characters have an amount of celebrity). I get it'd be unrealistic if they weren't tech-savvy but it seems tiresome to write/read about?|
Hrm. I’d say make a point of it if it’s important to the scene, but otherwise just mention it in passing? I hope I am making sense.
For an example of what not to do, I refer to you Mark Reads Twilight: Chapter 7.
Scroll down to #2 Bella Swan Uses The Internet. I think it gives a pretty accurate (and hilarious) point of spending too much time describing a process that isn’t really that important, and not just coming out and saying Bella was doing internet research on Edward.
Hope I helped! (Or at least gave you a chuckle by referring you to Mark.)
Yeah, I’d say gloss over it if possible. People of the time will understand, and too many details will date it very quickly, with the rate of technology (ex., anything with a walkman in it makes teen readers today chuckle). For anything, if it seems mundane and mundane things aren’t an important motif of I-dunno-how-but-maybe-someone-made-that-good in your work, cut it out. Explaining googling or tooth brushing or playing angry birds is usually too much for conservation of detail.