|My magic violin will save da world, I tell you, da world!!!!|
By and large, it goes something like this:
Step 1. Our Hero is called to adventure.
Step 2. He/she has a road of trials and tribulations they must face.
Step 3. He/she must complete a mission.
Step 4. He/she must go back where hence they came. (That's in hero language)
Step 5. He/she uses their newly learned skill, power, etc. to save or better the world.
Sure, we could say this is a formula. I'm positive you could all name several books in which you've seen this, but what, in your opinion, makes any of those books break through the above formula and elevate to a truly fantastic book? What did that writer do differently? Was it the hero? The plot? The creativity? The world saving magic violin played by a hairless kitty? What made that book rock out the hero theme?
xoxo -- Hilary
I think the ones that stand out have complex, interesting likable and unlikable characters, plus something unique in the plot to set it apart.ReplyDelete
That is indeed pretty special. :DReplyDelete
I don't know if you know this, but your book showed up in the last edition of the Writer's Digest magazine. :) In the "small Press Spotlight" section. Looks good. :D
Kelly, I love characters I love to hate! They are the best!ReplyDelete
Holy Cats, Anita! It did? Do you happen to have a link? That is nuts!!! I couldn't find anything on-line! :(
Usually, there is something about the main character that appeals to me. That cat is hilarious!ReplyDelete
I saw it too!!! It's on page 65 of the new March/April edition under Standout Markets and listed under Holiday House Inc.ReplyDelete
I love relationships between the characters. If I really connect or if it's quirky and different; that really stands out to me.
I think it's the characters, the plot twists, and the world building that makes books unique. Like yours, by the way.ReplyDelete
I think when the hero is called to adventure, what makes middle grade fantasy stand out is the actual adventure. Some are just more compelling and different than others.ReplyDelete
Kelly H-Y, I totally want to write a story about that cat now and his magical violin! Ha, ha! ;) Sad thing is, I'm serious. ;(ReplyDelete
Argh, Catherine! I'll have to buy a copy! Nothing on-line! :( Yes, I love quirky too, except when people call me quirky! ;)
Natalie, I totally love you for saying that! ;) I'm really a character person. I loved to be sucked in by intriguing personalities and I also love world building.
Story, I love it when a writer just comes up with something so creative, you're thing wuh?? I love being in a world I never could/would think up on my own!
For me, in MG it is always non-stop action or tension. Rick Riordan is a master of this. While I'm not a fan of his style, I can't lay off his books because of the guaranteed ride.ReplyDelete
I'm loving Mr. Bigglesworth on the base.
That cat has to be the bad guy in your next book. Maybe he has a pet evil scientist that he compulsively pets.
Bfav, you know I adore RR for several reasons! He is awesome at keeping the action going and I love his ability to build up to the action w/o boring the reader. He is an adventure MASTER!!! :)ReplyDelete
Bob, that is a totally awesome idea! I LOVE IT! Bad guys are my favorite! :)
Simple but great formula! Awesome and have a super weekend :O)ReplyDelete
It's all about the voice for me. The character has to be someone I think about months after I finish reading, someone whose voice I can't get out of my head :)ReplyDelete
Diane, that sums it up! You too, on the weekend! ;)ReplyDelete
Jude,that's such a good point. I think about my favorite characters often. I like them better than most real folks!! Shhhhh! :)
hi miss hilary! cause im a mgrader i could tell you for me the plots got be real exciting and real twisty turny so mostly i cant guess whats coming next. im with you on loving to hate a character and i like conflicts with characters. for sure you got all that in nightshade city. thats how come i love it so much. im reading it again right now so i could be ready for the next one. rats rule!!!ReplyDelete
...hugs from lenny
I think it's characters that young readers can relate to that have made truly great books, despite following that formula for the most part.ReplyDelete
Look at JK Rowling - her books pretty much follow that formula. But it's how the readers have become so attached to the main characters that have made Harry Potter such a phenomena.
Here... I took a picture of it. :) (btw... my name is Nichole. :D I don't know who Anita is...)ReplyDelete
Here's the link.
I'm sorry it's not the best picture. :( I just thought it was so cool.ReplyDelete
Star, it's so weird, your post and some others came up under Anita's name, another blogger I know. I thought, did she change her screen name?? WEIRD! Thanks so much for sharing the picture!!! =) That is just the coolest think ever!ReplyDelete
xoxo -- Hilary
:D That's ok. And you're welcome.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I don't know why that happened with the username, but I don't mind too much. I just paused for a moment when I read that name: it made me smile. ^_^