Laurie Halse Anderson recently posted this link in a Facebook note, and I absolutely love this article. Favorite, favorite, favorite. In essence, the article is about the growing literary nature of the young adult genre and how it’s becoming more enjoyable to adults. It describes it as a Literary Minor League–or literary without the boring stuff. That’s my kinda reading, and it will always be. Thank you, Wall Street Journal!
Posts tagged ‘fiction’
I went to the bookstore yesterday on a high from the conference. Never a good idea. Then again, I may singlehandedly save the industry at the rate I’m going.
I’m kidding. What I actually did was sit down with a HUMONGOUS stack of magazines. Like:
Except not that neat.
I looked over the entire back wall of a Books-A-Million and picked up anything that looked interesting to me. I picked up crochet magazines because I used to love to crochet. I picked up wedding magazines because I’ve had some pretty cool wedding stories in my life. I looked over film review magazines because that’s something I want to learn how to do. I looked at horror magazines because that’s a little like fantasy–but, as I decided, not much.
I flipped through to see which one took fictions and checked out a few other sections that I might like to write for. Then I picked a handful that seemed like the best winners for me (and my budget):
Realms of Fantasy
American Girl (which I’ve already discovered does not take fiction submissions)
I also picked up Otaku USA because I’m also running an anime review blog under a persona.
The final think I bought was The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block. Four things to say about that:
1. I want Jennifer Heuer to do my jacket cover.
2. The synopsis of this book grabbed me…and then I discovered it didn’t do justice to the first chapter.
3. That name is too pretty to be real. It’s either a pseudonym or the lady’s parents are overpassionate.
4. $17 is too much for that tiny hardback. I only bought it on a binge.
I am: watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY.
What is the anime freak listening to now? Other than that? No Good Deed from Wicked the Musical
Dream Diary: Can’t remember. Although I recently dreamed about a massive set of headphones.
When I created the bad guy for my novel, Dravvind, I had no idea how deep and dynamic a character he would become. I always hoped he would evolve into something memorable, something truly terrifying, but back when I tried to make him those things, I pretty much failed.
Lately, however, he has evolved all on his own. He has thematic significance, beyond simple “power corrupts.” The themes of insanity, obsessive love, family, and sacrifice are all inextricably bound to his character, and they are all themes I wanted in my book. His biggest theme, however, is the theme of human goodness. He is not pure evil, and he will profoundly prove that before the end.
Do other others get this fascinated by their bad guys? Their villains?
I know of quite a few works in which the villain is obviously dynamic and powerful in terms of impact. Wicked the Musical, for one. (I’m addicted to the soundtrack to that, and I’m dying to see it!) Star Wars, The Godfather, All the King’s Men, Nineteen Minutes, Macbeth, nana nana na…. Yeah, bad guys are everywhere.
But which bad guys do you love?
Obviously, I have to kill my bad guy. I tried to get out of it, but one of my readers said “No way. He must die.” Okay, I’ll kill him. But I will make you cry when he dies. xP
What’s the anime freak listening to now? BIG IN JAPAN by HAPPY HARDCORE
Sunrise just won 2nd place in the Juvenile Fiction Contests and 3rd in the M. L. Brown Contest hosted by the Southeastern Writers Conference! I’m blogging from St. Simon’s now, and I’m ~PSYCHED~!!!
This week has been such a wonderful experience. More tomorrow! I’m out!