Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!
Everyone, say hello to Briana from Pages Unbound! She’s stopping by today to let us know what she wants to see happen in future novels:
I love reading fantasy. It’s always exciting to enter into a new world where anything can happen and where people can possess incredible powers. It is a place of mystery, wonder, and endless possibilities. However, sometimes the people are just that—incredible, or hard to believe. If you read a lot of fantasy novels back to back, you begin to notice something. Everyone is special. Everyone is chosen. Everyone is the greatest warrior/wizard/king of their time. It turns out all their friends are super-special, too. For an example, you can check out all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. They’re amazing, but I can never decide whether it’s too much, or just completely natural, that all the extraordinary people in the kingdom know each other. What I want, then, is a fantasy book with a protagonist who is not special, or rare, or the most talented at his or her particular skill. But I don’t want an “Everyman” either, because of course that has been done, as well. Check out J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I want a novel about the sidekick, someone sort of talented who knows all the cool chosen people but is still somewhat on the sidelines. Like Harry Potter told from Ron’s point of view. Does such a book exist? Can it work, or will readers wonder why the book isn’t about Harry? ~ Briana
Thanks so much for joining us Briana!
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