Hey there, paranormal and urban fantasy. Why are you hiding?
No, really, why are you hiding? I rarely see this question developed in any serious way, but I quite often see it get skipped over entirely. I have, on many occasions, read books that merely said “I can’t tell anyone” and left the matter at that.
Too often the answer is one of mere genre convention. The characters in this book can’t tell because the characters other books haven’t told, so that’s simply the standard. But it so rarely makes sense.
- In the TMI books, why can’t the Shadowhunters come out of hiding?
- In Amanda Hocking’s Lullaby series, why can’t Gemma tell her family she’s a mermaid?
- In The Darkest Powers, why can Chloe not tell people she talks to ghosts?
- In Percy Jackson, why do the gods stay in hiding?
- In the Iron Fey, why are the fairies not frolicking around in front of everyone?
The most common excuse tends to be “no one would believe us,” but I would like to stand up right now and call bullshit.
Ten questions to ask a friend who just read your novel
Found this article. Found it incredibly helpful. Be sure to go read the full story, but these are the ten questions the author (Lydia Netzer) covers in it:
1. At what point did you feel like “Ah, now the story has really begun!”
2. What were the points where you found yourself skimming?
3. Which setting in the book was clearest to you as you were reading it? Which do you remember the best?
4. Which character would you most like to meet and get to know?
5. What was the most suspenseful moment in the book?
6. If you had to pick one character to get rid of, who would you axe?
7. Was there a situation in the novel that reminded you of something in your own life?
8. Where did you stop reading, the first time you cracked open the manuscript? (Can show you where your first dull part is, and help you fix your pacing.)
9. What was the last book you read, before this? And what did you think of it? (This can put their comments in context in surprising ways, when you find out what their general interests are. It might surprise you.)
10. Finish this sentence: “I kept reading because…”
They did it, they fucking did it.
can someone explain this to me
Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true.
OMG Rofl! I remember this game! The badness…it’s like suddenly remembering you’re the victim of an alien abduction. AND ALL THAT THAT IMPLIES.