Wednesday, July 18, 2012
What do I want in the books that I read & write
1. depth of humanity: I like my characters to show their fears, joys, fellowship to other characters
2. activity: I don't mind a lull especially after a heavy action or emotional scene, but I don't want the lulls to last too long, and they must have purpose.
3. well-developed characters that I can sympathize with even if I don't like them. I understand why they are doing what they are doing.
4. humor: life always has moments of humor, and I want any stories I read to have it, too. Silly moments, puns, laugh instead of cry, etc.
5. emotional involvement: some catharsis for at least the main character
6. connection to other characters: relationships that show the main character has family, friends, co-workers, enemies, pets. I don't like when they exist in isolation. Everybody has backstory and forward reconnections to others
7. I want to see (hear, smell, touch, taste) the environment, things, actions described.
8. Sense of local: where are they, where are they going?
9. the fiction of science: space travel, technology in every day life, the stuff that is related to but not of this contemporary time.
10. I like to get lost in the story: (I don't mean the author dropped me off a cliff, and I have no notion of where the story is going and has gone). I want time to go by that I didn't notice because the story caught me up and carried me away.
After looking at my list, it is clear I have set myself up for a challenge. I had better get onto it.