successful love triangles: a look at Hunger Games, Twilight, Wings, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Love triangles seem to be all the rage these days in YA literature. Why? Because it gives the reader a chance to pick a side. Besides, what girl DOESN’T want two amazing guys fighting over her. True confession: I’ve lived the whole love triangle thing. And my family had just as much fun with picking […]

analysis: characterization in the queen of attolia

Turner, Megan Whalen. The Queen of Attolia. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. Warning: This analysis may contain spoilers. I take an in-depth look at what makes this book work and why. And it may only be helpful if you’ve actually read the book. However, continue reading at your own risk. For more information on the Friday […]

in which my protagonist gets mad at me: or how to enhance your writing descriptions

Snoopy has it right. Good writing is HARD! So I’m in the middle of revisions, and I realized that my characters smile too much. Especially my protagonist. And she’s not even happy somteimes. She’s just pretending to be happy for those around her. Only when I tried to fix it, it came out about like […]