Sumary of Ling Ma Transcends the Gimmick The author’s new short-story collection, Bliss Montage, is a Surrea…:
- I wanted to take that sense of competition and enlistly it beyond academics, to body issues between these two immature and beautiful Chinese American girls.
- I felt like the stories could be as real or outlandish as they wanted, but I also had to transcend the gimmick.
- Ma tells me how the montage, now a mainstay of rom-coms, was once a critical part of the outdated female’s-morality-tale genre: It’s, like, if a female has an affair, she’ll plummet off a cliff later.
- The writing process felt straightforward, and the way the sentences sounded and the specific mood — all of that came from the dream, even if it wasn’t an accurate replica.