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Andrew Maxfield

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Last online: April 2020

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Last Updated Nov 19, 2019

Introduction

Good evening. This is Andrew Maxfield, and I am the author of Blades of American Beauty, an action/adventure/fantasy about a young woman and her friends who train and fight under the ancient art of the Samurai warrior to rescue their parents from a politicized operation to erase conservatives from the planet. You could say, this story borrows influences of Power Rangers/Super Sentai and Sailor Moon when you read between the lines.

The story is still a work-in-progress; there are some kinks I try to work out as we go along, but I have an end goal of this story, and that is to caution readers about why we shouldn't wear our political views on our sleeves, and that both sides should learn to work together, instead of one side having all the power than the other. Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 (and possibly, even before), our society has become extremely polarized between both sides of the political spectrum. As a young individual living with Asperger Syndrome, I, too, had been caught in the political crossfire, especially with restless nights filled with nightmares about that fateful Presidential Election; particularly, what would happen and if we would survive. When the election was over, however, the nightmares ceased for some strange reason. I decided at that point to write a story that expresses my fears within these nightmares, but in a way that stays true to the story I want to tell without leaning too far right or too far left.

In each saga of this story, each of my lead characters and/or their peers are exhibiting some kind of social prejudice towards some kind of liberal/social progressivism. These prejudices may be inherited, or it may be due to an uneasy feeling of their surroundings. However, as the story continues to progress, these characters learn about why they are exhibiting their prejudices, and they will eventually learn to accept their flaws, while still learning to put their differences aside in order to help those in need. For instance, Saga II, where Luci Delgado joins Minako Himiya, is about how Luci and her sister, Tina, are frustrated that their high school principal of Middle-Eastern descent, under the authority of the antagonist President Emily Barryway, is mandating civic lessons about Islam, when Luci & Tina are already Christian. Eventually, after Minako and Luci work together to liberate the school from a Military invasion, the Principal learns the error of his ways and vows that he will not require any students to learn about his religion if it is not being offered as a class elective. In creating this Saga of the story, I wanted to emphasize the principle that, although we live in a diverse world where we have people of differing ethnicities and faiths, however, we must understand that others will not share the same traits as ourselves, and we must not force one another to assimilate to our demands (i.e., telling somebody "convert or you will die!" or "you have to adapt to our cultures and values!"), regardless of whether we are natives or immigrants. It is up to us if whether or not we assimilate to a foreign country/culture, but we should still show some kind of mutual respect for the person who may be different than us. We may not agree on the same things, but isn't that what makes us human?

I will explore other kinds of social issues in this story, but for the thick of the plot I intend to tell, I may not explore every single one. In fact, there may be areas of prejudice that are not widely talked about, but I will touch up upon in this story, such as the subject matter of the current saga I'm working on as we go along. Nevertheless, please continue to enjoy Blades of American Beauty, because I want to bring quite a complex story that rings true to modern-day societal issues to life in a way that will mesmerize, amaze and impress readers like you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Andrew Maxfield


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