Once again, I am participating in the Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain. In fact, this is the last Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain of the year. I’m actually prescheduling these posts because I’ll be taking a break from blogging and celebrating Christmas with my family, so don’t expect quick replies to your comments. Do expect pictures of kittens when I write another post.
This month’s prompt is “What works of fiction have taught you by example, and what did they teach you?”
The Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis have taught me that allegorical symbols can be deftly woven into a book without detracting from the reader’s experience. In fact, the symbols woven into this series only add to the series because they are just another natural part of the intricate world built by Lewis. The reader is completely immersed in the storyworld, so the message comes across in the most entertaining way.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien taught me that readers love a hero that wasn’t a hero before. Bilbo was a timid hobbit before Gandalf called him on the journey, and even when Gandalf called him on the journey, he didn’t accept at first. However, when he finally did, he showed immense bravery as the dwarves’ thief and was the ultimate hero of the story. Because of his underdog performance, the readers can really connect to Bilbo, and it makes him a memorable hero.
The Lunar Chronicles books by Marissa Meyer taught me that as a writer, I shouldn’t be afraid to write something really different. Before learning about The Lunar Chronicles I had never heard about fairytale retellings that took place in a science fiction world. I don’t even think I had ever read a fairytale retelling before. I was hesitant. This was different. This was new. But it worked, because The Lunar Chronicles is now one of my favorite series.
Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl taught me that fantasy might actually be more enjoyable than I thought. The characters in this book were so fleshed out and they completely leaped off the page at me. I felt like I knew them and everything they did made sense because I could understand their personalities. The allegorical element incorporation was also amazing. So another thing that I’ve learned is I don’t always read fantasy, but when I do it’s allegorical.
Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein taught me that voice and detail are everything in a novel. The voices of the characters in this novel were so real. They completely immersed me in the story and elevated the tension. Actually, everything about this novel was real. The amount of historical details that were included in the books brought them to life for me. They were both just amazing reads.
The Little House on the Prairie books taught me that the best thing that an MG book can have is a plot that causes the reader’s imagination to go wild. As a young kid I read the books in this series over and over again and imagined that I was Laura and I was living on the prairie. If I do become a published author, I would love to write MG books, and especially MG books that stretch the reader’s imagination.
To Kill a Mockingbird taught me that strong morals and themes in a novel can clearly come across to the reader, yet not be too pushy and in the face of the reader. The characters in this novel displayed real emotion and were so likable that they naturally taught the reader the morals and themes of the story.
I could probably keep on going, but I think I’ll stop here. What books have taught you by example?
Be sure to check out the posts written by the other bloggers participating in this months chain!
10th – http://kirabudge.weebly.com/
16th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/
25th – [off-day]
31st – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)