Dare to Read

May 30, 2011

Archetype vs. Stereotype at the Enchanted Inkpot

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Today Jennifer Nielsen discusses archetype vs. stereotype characters and how they impact the story at the Enchanted Inkpot.

Join us there.


February 21, 2011

Monday post at The Enchanted Inkpot

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Find out how authors create those magical moments between your favorite fictional couples by reading The Elements of Sexual Tension by Marissa Meyer at http://community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot/83185.html

February 15, 2011

Love Story Archetypes by Wendy Delsol

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If you have ever being enthralled by the odds working against your favorite characters to get together in a story, you may want to check what Wendy Delsol calls ‘Love Story Archetypes’ in out Enchanted Inkpot blog.


January 4, 2011

The Enchanted Ink Pot

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To celebrate the New Year I have joined The Enchanted Inkpot, an online group of YA writers.

If you want to know what the group is about and also what the group thinks about the new way B&N have arranged the YA books in their store separating Fantasy and Paranormal titles, please go to http://community.livejournal.com/enchantedinkpot/78218.html

August 31, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games are the ultimate reality show: A fight to the death among 24 young people (the tributes), one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts, while the rich and spoiled people of the Capitol watch on, and bid for their favorites. Only a winner is allowed. A winner that will never be hungry again or forced to participate in the games.

The Games take place every year in the Capitol and are run by the government that rules the twelve districts, the remnants of the land that once was called North America. The Games are a reminder that “resistance is futile” as the Capitol has the power to destroy the districts if so wished, as it destroyed number thirteen seventy four years ago during the last rebellion.

As the book starts, sixteen years old Katniss volunteers to compete in the Games when her twelve years old sister is chosen to represent the 12th district. Katniss, who lost her father in a mine explosion at thirteen and has been since keeping her mother and little sister fed with her hunting, is determined to stay alive whatever the price. For Peeta, the male tribute from the same district, things are not so simple. Is it possible, he wonders, to play the Games without losing his humanity?

Those who think YA and/or Fantasy books are light fare may have to reconsider after reading this book because the question The Hunger Games asks: would you kill to stay alive? Would you kill an enemy, a friend, a lover? is not easy to answer.

Suzanne Collins’s premise in The Hunger Games is that yes, when hunted, we all become hunters. But killing a human being comes with a high price and the survivor will forever be haunted by the dead.

Being a Young Adult novel, the story ends with a note of hope (and BTW that is why I read/write YA novels). Yet the question remains, taunting the reader: how much of your humanity/your core beliefs will you give up to stay alive? to make a living? It’s a question we all have had (or will have) to answer sometime in our lives, even if the circumstances are not as extreme as in the novel and the price not so high.