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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My "Magna Carta"

Hey y'all,

Yeah, I know it's been awhile...sorry about that. But does beginning a new chapter in our lives at college count as an excuse for the blogging silence? No? Fine.

Here's something I made awhile ago that I just wanted to share; it's my "Magna Carta" of what I love and hate in story telling. What I love is what I aspire to, and the things I hate are what I want to avoid like the plague...Check it out!

What I love in Stories:
-GOOD first person narration
-I adore J.K. Rowling's usage of the limited third person point of view
-Smart plots
-Good and compelling villains
-Research (While there are things I admire about Dan Brown, I have to admit some of his research is rather...fabricated)
-Substance
-Nice dialogue
-Well rounded characters
-Good and appropriate romance
-Interesting covers (But don't judge a book by its cover 'Kay?)

Things I hate in Stories:
-Boring first person narration (or any boring narration for that matter)
-Dumb formula based plots where I say, "Well, I saw that one coming..." A LOT
-Cliched two-dimensional characters
-Glaring research flaws or grammatical errors
-The lack of any positive messages
-Gratuitous inappropriateness or swearing/crude language
-Cheap ripoff covers
-When I think, "Why am I reading this?"
-Purple prose (Some prose is needed to establish setting and character traits but, less is more. Try to show us, don't tell us)

Well, there you go! I'll try to update as soon as I can!

-Katie

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