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Vacation reading

Originally posted at mmarques.vox.com on Dec 4, 2006

While visiting my mother, I took a look at some of my old YA books. I've been playing with the idea of Mysterious Paris as a YA novel. Some books were completely the wrong idea - protagonist too young, or just not the right atmosphere at all.

Summer of my German Soldier is fairly different from what I'm trying to do with Mysterious Paris, but it was brilliant, and I couldn't put it down. I'll have to read it again, to figure out where it hooked me.

I'll have to get some recent YA from the library.



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Sep. 6th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
When I was a girl (heh) I loved Wind in the Willows. At the time, my mom read some parts, I read some parts, and my sister read some.

I tried reading that as an adult and it was so deadly boring, with pages and pages of description I didn't remember at all. I asked my mom about it, commenting about how much I'd loved it and how much my tastes had changed, I was so disappointed. She told me that she'd skipped a lot--well, she'd thought all the descriptions were boring too!

Good luck with your new direction and playing around with that; it seems as if you have a good feeling about that?
Sep. 6th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Actually.... that was my idea in 2006. Although that idea might be true, I think the novel needs a major overhaul for other reasons. It's remaining in the trunk while I work on other projects. Not sure when (or whether) it will resurface.
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