This month’s TCWT blog chain asks:
What kinds of published books would you like to see more of?
I’ve seen a big push for diversity over the month so far (so much that I posted about it), but personally, that isn’t what I look for in fiction. Sure, I’d love to see equal representation of all different styles of life, but I read books for two reasons: entertainment, or studying the craft of writing. The main character’s ethnicity doesn’t ultimately affect her emotions, and while occasionally it comes up as a plot point, my favorite stories featuring diverse characters are the ones that don’t mention their diversity. It isn’t that I prefer to be blind to their differences, but humans are humans. Unless the main character isn’t human at all, they’re going to move through the story the same way any other character would.
Thus, when confronted with this prompt, diversity is not the first thing that comes to mind. What would I like to see more of? The first choice is extremely broad: well-written books. And I don’t even have the right to wish for that. I don’t want more books in the world– I want more time to read all the books in the world. But if I’m sticking to the prompt, I might as well make a list.
- My own books. I know someone else said that earlier this month, but I’ll say it again. Seeing my books published would be awesome, and there aren’t nearly enough of them in the world.
- Classics. I want more timeless books that will easily stand the test of time, even if newly published. I’ve written a guide to writing classics, so it shouldn’t be that difficult. But honestly, can you imagine living in the same time period as Alexander Dumas, claiming (truthfully) that you were one of his first fans? What about Leo Tolstoy? Victor Hugo? It’s about time we had some more books that everyone loves. I want more books like The Killer Angels or The Book Thief.
- I guess this falls under diversity, but I want more groundbreaking books. It doesn’t matter what genre because these books create their own, like The Lord of the Rings, or Frankenstein. Even Twilight falls under this category. (Paranormal romance would never exist without it.) We’ve already proven our capability in copying what everyone else does– let’s be creative.
- Lastly, a very specific request: sea stories. Sea stories in fantasy. I loved Brian Jacques’ Castaways of the Flying Dutchman and I’d like to see more in that vein. (If you can point me to any titles that already exist, please do.)
There exists no charming way to end a list, but this will have to do. For everyone else’s lists, check out the rest of the blog chain.
May 5th – http://sammitalk.wordpress.com/
May 6th – http://www.nerdgirlinc.blogspot.com/
May 7th – http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/
May 8th – http://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/
May 10th – http://randomofalife.blogspot.com/
May 11th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/
May 12th – http://www.fidaislaih.blogspot.com/
May 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/
May 15th – https://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/
May 16th – http://taratherese.wordpress.com/
May 17th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/
May 18th – http://oliviarivers.wordpress.com/
May 19th – http://afoodyportfolio.wordpress.com/
May 20th – http://magicandwriting.wordpress.com/
May 21st – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/
May 22nd – http://www.brookeharrison.com/
May 23rd – http://eighthundredninety.blogspot.com/
May 24th – http://www.oyeahwrite.wordpress.com/
May 25th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com/
May 26th – http://blisterblogs.blogspot.com/
May 27th – http://thependanttrilogy.wordpress.com/
May 28th – http://www.lilyjenness.blogspot.com/
May 29th – http://sunsandstarsanddreams.wordpress.com/
May 30th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ – We’ll announce the topic for June’s blog chain!