Stranger Things Scene Analysis

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This is a one-act episode inside of the bigger story. The arc follows Hopper as he is stuck in the tunnel struggling to survive. It shifts from unconsciousness and death (well, where death would be a mercy) and back to life. The monster is a supernatural creature bent on annihilation.  Once more, be warned. Spoilers Ahead.   Inciting Incident. (From the previous episode) Hopper thinks Will is drawing vines and goes to investigate. He ends up in the tunnels. On […]

Deconstructing Stranger Things

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I used to think I hated horror. Then I saw Stranger Things and, no matter how many times I watch it, my heart pounds and I squeal with fear even though I know what’s going to happen. It’s a show that made it out of the underground scene and into the mainstream eye because of it’s innovation, nerdiness, and killer stories. The setting is fun, the world well-thought-out, and the villain other-worldly scary. Not to mention the great characters and […]

Write Like Genuine Fraud

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Normally I take the time to talk about how you can integrate the good parts of a novel into your work right about now. Even though I didn’t like Genuine Fraud, there are still elements that you might want to emulate (and that’s perfectly ok). Learning to write well is a process. One that takes time. So study up. Non-Linear Time To write a story in an order different than chronologically is perfectly ok. It can be an interesting narrative […]

Genuine Fraud Scene Analysis

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We compare things all the time whether it’s fair or not. Having just finished We Were Liars, I can’t help but wish that Genuine Fraud was told with such brutal honesty. I want to care about the characters as I cared about the loss of life and potential in We Were Liars. And that lack of empathy is the primary reason I couldn’t get into Genuine Fraud.  I couldn’t see myself in Jule because I would not only never do […]

Deconstructing Genuine Fraud

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This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures.  E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud didn’t work for me. Or, I didn’t very much like it. Marketed as a mystery suspense, Genuine Fraud is a story told in reverse chronological order about two young women. Neither garnered any empathy from me as a reader. And, because it’s told in reverse order, it was neither suspenseful nor much of a mystery.  The first chapter had me hooked. I wanted to know […]

Write Like Restore Me

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This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures.  In a way it sort of feels like nothing happened in the latest book of the Shatter Me series. Restore Me (Shatter Me) was a bit of a let down in that sense. Mostly because there weren’t strong, irreversible decisions. Sure, Warner told Juliette the truth and they broke up, but given their history, it feels like nothing will keep them apart.  It does set up big promises for […]

Restore Me Scene Analysis

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I liked Restore Me, but it’s a book I had to let simmer in my mind a bit before it actually sank in. Not because it was too complicated to understand, but because what happened was subtle. There wasn’t a ton of action. And, I felt like the book was lacking because the irreversible decisions felt weak. But, given time, I found it to be better than my initial reaction.  Mostly, I wonder how the promises of this book will […]

Deconstructing Restore Me

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It’s been a while since I’ve read the first 3 books in the Shatter Me series. So long, in fact, that I should have caught up on them before starting the latest one, Restore Me, but I just couldn’t wait.  When Tahereh Mafi announced she’d be adding more books to the series, I was both surprised and excited. Surprised because it’s been so long since the last one even came out. Excited because it felt like the open-ended conclusion of […]

Write Like Truly Devious

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No matter what my analysis said, I still enjoyed Truly Devious. It has a lot to say without actually saying it about the nature of genre fitting into the young adult space. What’s interesting is that I think YA is more genre fluid than its adult counterparts. That might be due to the relative newness of the YA sphere. It might be because bookstores only separate YA by Contemporary, Action/Adventure, and Romance. Or, it might be that the intended audience […]

Truly Devious Scene Analysis

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The real reason I think Truly Devious doesn’t entirely work for me is that Stevie doesn’t really make any irreversible decisions. At least not ones with meaningful consequences. Meaning, the book doesn’t split easily into 3 acts. Instead, it weakly moves from the beginning to the middle and the end without clear boundaries forcing the characters into a new way of responding to the world. Stevie doesn’t have to leave anything behind in the novel.  She’s in exactly the same […]