Alas it is Wednesday, and the thing I wanted to reveal is not yet ready, because I think that I am either Hemione Granger with a Time Turner, or that I have a Tardis in my backyard, and i can some how get more done with less time. That and I’m a perfectionist with procrastination skills like mad. Maybe next week loves?
So instead let’s talk Rebellion.
I have been thinking that a lot of the larger themes I am seeing in books are about Rebellions. Overthrowing the government, and bringing in change. Especially with the political climate of the world right now. We are so much interconnected than we have ever been, and with access to the internet there’s a lot more transparency, but a lot more noise to have to filter through too.
It feels like in every YA trilogy I’m reading that is not a contemporary, the larger theme is overthrow the government. Things are wrong, and we need to rebel. ALLY the forces. It’s like we are living in Star Wars.
Maybe that’s the type of story I’m attracted to? Maybe I like story about rising up to find your power, to find your voice, to be heard. Maybe I like stories where I’m tried of being punched down on, and have a searing fire in my gut that needs to be lit?
Here is a collection of books I have read recently who I feel go well under the Rebel tag:
- Magonia by Maria Headley
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
- Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Study books by Maria Snyder
- Matched books by Ally Condie
- Pure by Julianna Baggott
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Some of these books are obviously about a rebellion, especially if you find them in the post apocalyptic or Dystopian Genre. Some of these are more subtle rebellions, the antagonist is rising up, but their are clearly faults in the society, and the protagonist must confront both.
As I’m trying to write my own book right now, I find I’m focusing on themes such as rebellion. I thought I was going to write a romantic fantasy in Paris, but then the more I started plotting and characterization, the more I saw the cracks in their world. The more I realised it was about to fall down around them.
I have an issue coming up with a big bad? Who is the villain that they must ally around? What if their resistance though makes them a villain from bringing down the world around them?
And then I think, okay if we collapse everything by the end of the book… then what? Then I need at least a book two to rebuild the world? And how do you rebuild a world after you broke it? I have been toying with that idea for awhile. Sure you Rebel, but then you create a vacuum for power, so what comes next? Besides being dissatisfied what is your next play? What is your idea of governance?
So first I’m going to break a world.
Then I’m going to remake it.