I'm a young writer who has been writing a story centring around a teenager's life and how it's changed via the coronavirus. She was skeptical about the legitimacy of the Pandemic until an important family member is hospitalized. It talks about her and her struggles towards the media, family, and people as a whole.
I represented the whole page-worth of my story and how I'll go about it to family members, and none of them were impressed. They told me this novel was capitalizing on an important issue, and that I treated teenagers as idiots (I'm a teenager). They told me it's wrong for an author to capitalize on something so scary and real.
I don't think I'm in the wrong for wanting to make this novel. There have been many novels on touchy topics and historical tragedies.
But considering this is happening recently, I can see why this may not be an appropriate novel to make. Is it bad to make a novel based on the Pandemic? If so, why? If it's fine, then what precautions should I take to appease the masses?