Blueprint to Write a Hit YA Dystopic Novel

Dystopic Novel Review

I’m a massive fan of The Hunger Games. But let’s face it, the success of that one series of boDystopic Noveloks has resulted in a slew of dystopic novels hitting bookstores. Plenty of them are enjoyable reads.

But for all of the good ones out there, there are plenty more that you know they only released to try and get in on Suzanne Collins’ success. What’s more, they all seem to have a few notable similarities… So, without further ado, here is the Official Blueprint for writing a hit YA dystopic novel.


Dystopic Novel Blueprint

1. Make it a trilogy…. at least. If one book can be successful, a series of books will be even more successful, right? Don’t worry if you only have enough plot for one book. There are plenty of ways you can overly complicate the story, which brings me onto suggestion number two…

2. Have a love triangle. This is a surefire way to complicate the story. Should your strong, single-minded heroine go after the sweet guy she has known for years? Or the dark, dangerous guy who can introduce her to new experiences?

3. Pick an oppression. What makes this a Dystopic Novel world? Are there no more books? Are we being forced into tribes based on our abilities? Is society choosing our mates for us? Don’t worry about wondering how a society got the way it did. Chances are, your heroine’s grandparents wouldn’t even be able to recall life before dystopia (See number 7). Also, don’t forget to make your oppressive government really, really mean. Think “kick-a-puppy” variety.

4. Choose a message. All Dystopic Novel have a message. Censorship is bad. Be true to yourself and always question the way things are done. Separating people into castes is bad. You get the picture.

5. Emotions are bad and should be controlled. Sometimes the government will even control emotions using a drug. The point being that our heroine won’t be able to connect to her own emotions…until she falls in love.

6. The past is a closely guarded secret. Usually no one in the society, save for a few people in the government, know of life before dystopia set in. Ignorance is easier to control.

7. Kooky name. Seriously, the kookier the better. Or a weird nickname. Peeta. Cassia. Tris. You get the idea.

8. Include an important ceremony, say when the character turns 16 or 18, or some other significant age. This might be the age the character chooses their own name, or their job, or what caste they want to live in.

And remember, just because it takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape, does NOT automatically make it a Dystopic Novel.

Shiromi Arserio is the editor of Inter-Galaxy Portal where you can find all the latest science fiction and fantasy news and reviews.

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Shiromi is also the author of The Huntsman’s Tale, a dark Dystopic Novel retelling of Snow White.

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Addictive Book Series

Book Series Review

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Have you ever read a book that left you hungry for the next title in the book series? Or anxiously anticipating and counting down to the release of a new title? These are addictive books– books that you simply can’t put down once you start reading the first page! What makes a book series so addictive? Here’s our two-cents’ worth of bestselling book series.

Mind-Blowing Plots

Every bestselling novel must have an exciting and sustainable plot that engages the readers thoroughly throughout the book series. Usually, book titles in a series are based on the same concept but with different emphasis to demonstrate progression in the storyline. For example, The Hunger Games trilogy revolves around a strong plot that has attracted countless readers and received positive critical reviews.

Based on a dystopic world with an authoritarian government, children are forced to represent their district as tributes in the Hunger Games, where they fight to survive. As the death toll increases, only one winner will remain. This thrilling concept is truly a perfect start for an excellent plot that attracts readers of all ages.

Has it ended? What’s Next?

Book Series In-Depth

After faithfully finishing one title, the ending of the novel sometimes is left open-ended with many unanswered questions, leaving room for imagination for the readers to anticipate the next title in the book series. In Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter series, Book 3), readers are left wondering what is to happen to Sirius Black after escaping from prison and Harry Potter after learning about the truth behind his parents’ deaths.

The suspense left off from the 3rd book then creates excitement for the 4th book, which has another open-ended ending that creates more excitement for the 5th book… And the cycle continues.

Characters You Just Can’t Part With

In every “addictive” book series, there are often characters that you simply just want to see more of throughout the novel. Take for instance the anguish experienced by fans of the star-crossed Twilight saga lovers Bella and Edward when the pair was torn apart over and over again.

Or the sympathy that readers felt for Greg in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid as he struggled with his middle school problems. Growing to love the book’s characters, readers then become more motivated to find out more about their favorite characters by reading on in the book series.

For Aspiring Novelists…

Bestselling book series usually encompass a perfect mix of characters, plot and quality writing that effectively engages readers in the storyline. It is no wonder why these novels have gathered such a strong fan base for the novels. Aspiring novelists who hope to launch a series one day should certainly consider these points when aiming to write an “addictive” book series that will be popular with readers.

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Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
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A Writer’s Review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Review

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Flashplot: In a futuristic post-apocalypse America, you’re either from the Capitol, or you’re nothing more than a pawn used to support their exceedingly outlandish lifestyle. You’re the entertained or the entertainers.

The sickest form of entertainment the Capitol created is the Hunger Games, where each district must offer up two of its children to participate in this fight-to-the-death competition as retribution for partaking in an unsuccessful rebellion.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen becomes district eleven’s female tribute when she takes her younger sister’s place during the reaping. Every decision from that point forward could save her live or end it.

As a reader: Suzanne Collins had a number of successful young adult books prior to The Hunger Games, so I was not surprised when a few of my students recommend the title to me.

I never expected, though, to be blown away with the sophistication of the writing and the themes within the hunger games. This is one of those rare books that speaks to readers of all ages and all genders.

It is a twisted love story, a wrenching coming-of-age tale, and an action-packed adventure. What makes the hunger games truly a gem, though, is how it uses a futuristic setting to force readers into examining so many aspects of contemporary society. I instantly fell in love with Katniss, who narrates this book and the others in the trilogy.

She is the epitome of an unreliable narrator, yet she is so strong that you find yourself believing even what you know is likely untrue. The supporting characters in the hunger games book are equally wonderful.

They are flawed and unique, and Collins unfolds each carefully over the course of the book and trilogy, so that every page offers new insight into someone.

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As a writer: I was into book three before I realized what was off about the writing of these books. They are written in first person present tense, a very rare narration choice, but one that works for these books.

First, it builds suspense; you can’t assume Katniss will survive the way you could in a first person narration told in past tense. Second, Collins clearly is a master at it.

The fact that such a unique form of writing can go unnoticed means the author is skilled in her craft. The reader is so in Katniss’s head that it doesn’t seem at all unnatural that the story would be told in present tense.

As mentioned above, Collins is also a master of characterization. She creates a world where a large chunk of the characters, those from the Capital, could seem outrageous and unbelievable.

She described them, after all, to look the way one might picture the performers in a Cirque du Soleil show, yet as we meet each, we love or loathe them for their personalities alone.

The final skill I envy Collins for is her world creation. As I mentioned above, this is not an author who is new to fantasy writing, but the detail with which she describes this world and the various settings, creatures, and technology is amazing.

Bottom line: I think I’ve gushed enough about the hunger games. Read it for yourself. Read it to your kids. Read it with your students. You won’t need me to tell you it is worth the all-nighter.

I’ve always been an avid reader and loved sharing my opinions of the books I’ve read, but since completing my first two novels (not yet published) I have a greater appreciation for writers’ craft and, perhaps due to my own struggles with the revision process, have also grown a bit more critical of what I read.

My book reviews give me a chance to share what I loved (or loathed) as a reader and what I learned as a writer from the published authors whose books I’m reading. To see more visit The Nightstand page of my website at http://www.laurengrimley.com/On_the_Nightstand.html

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Childrens Literature: Thoughts and Recommendations on Seven Genres

Childrens Literature Review

We all have our favorite genres. I think my absolute favorites are fantasy adventure and a bit of science fiction but I do have room for most other genres in my reading adventures. That being said I will endeavor to give some give examples of each of the following genres.childrens literature

Comedy- This is usually a very fun genre and can give children so much joy in reading Childrens Literature and sometimes it’s all about what gets them to read. Some really fun Childrens Literature books I would recommend are:

• Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

• Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

• Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer

• The Cat in the Hat series by Dr. Suess

Fantasy – This genre is where the imagination can really soar. Nothing held back if you can imagine it you can read about it. Everything from magic to talking animals and much, much more! Here are a few Childrens Literature good choices but don’t stop with these few let your imagination soar:

• The Complete Adventures of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

• The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

• The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

• Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver

• Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Mystery – This is a fun genre and can often be the one that children choose when they seem uninterested in other genres so if you have a young reader who doesn’t seem very interested in reading find them a good mystery to sink into. Here are a few that can keep their attention:

• Sherlock Holms by Arthur Conan Doyle

• Scooby Doo book series by various authors

• The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon and Chris Mannal

• Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

• Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Science Fiction – The Childrens Literature genre could almost be merged in with the fantasy genre and is just as much fun. For children with lots of imagination I would recommend:

• Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

• Ink Heart series by Cornelia Funke

• The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

• The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Biography – It’s always good to throw in a few bios so young people know that not all Childrens Literature books are about fictional people, so here are some good reads:

• Sacagawea American Path Finder by Flora Warren Seymour

• Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor by Sue Guthridge

• The Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Peter Vennema & Diane Stanley

• A Comprehensive Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

The History of Childrens Literature

History – This genre is very important to our young readers because after all they will have to learn about it so why not help them learn to love it during the process. Not all history has to be dull and boring it can be fun and exciting when intermingled with some fun fictional and non fictional characters. I would recommend the following to start off with:

• The American Girl series by various authors

• Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

• Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes by David C. King

• Great Tales from English History: A Treasury of True Stories about the Extraordinary People — Knights and Knaves, Rebels and Heroes, Queens and Commoners — Who Made Britain Great by Robert Lacey

Horror – I have to admit this is my least favorite or maybe you could just say I don’t like it much. I don’t go in for the scary stuff many young readers do like a bit of the scary so my best recommendations are:

• Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

• Dracula by Bram Stoker

• Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (this is a new book, I haven’t read it but have been told it is really good)

• The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

I think a good book includes bits and pieces of all these genres even the dreaded scary stuff, I know mine does. Happy reading…

Julie L. Worthington is a writer of fantasy adventure and science-fiction middle-grade and young adult books along with short stories. She is passionate about children’s literature both old and new. To find out more or to read some of her work go to http://www.julieworthington.com

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Addictive Book Series

Addictive Book Series Review

Have you ever read a book that left you hungry for the next title in the book series? Or anxiously anticipating and counting down to the release of a new title? These are Addictive Book Series – books that you simply can’t put down once you start reading the first page! What makes a book series so addictive? Here’s our two-cents’ worth of bestselling book series.

Mind-Blowing Plots

Every Addictive Book Series must have an exciting and sustainable plot that engages the readers thoroughly throughout the book series. Usually, book titles in a series are based on the same concept but with different emphasis to demonstrate progression in the storyline.

For example, The Hunger Games trilogy revolves around a strong plot that has attracted countless readers and received positive critical reviews. Addictive Book Series

Based on a dystopic world with an authoritarian government, children are forced to represent their district as tributes in the Hunger Games, where they fight to survive. As the death toll increases, only one winner will remain. This thrilling concept is truly a perfect start for an excellent plot that attracts readers of all ages.

Has it ended? What’s Next?

After faithfully finishing one title, the ending of the Addictive Book Series sometimes is left open-ended with many unanswered questions, leaving room for imagination for the readers to anticipate the next title in the series.

In Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter series, Book 3), readers are left wondering what is to happen to Sirius Black after escaping from prison and Harry Potter after learning about the truth behind his parents’ deaths. The suspense left off from the 3rd book then creates excitement for the 4th book, which has another open-ended ending that creates more excitement for the 5th book… And the cycle continues with the Addictive Book Series.

Characters You Just Can’t Part With

In every Addictive Book Series, there are often characters that you simply just want to see more of throughout the novel. Take for instance the anguish experienced by fans of the star-crossed Twilight saga lovers Bella and Edward when the pair was torn apart over and over again.

Or the sympathy that readers felt for Greg in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid as he struggled with his middle school problems. Growing to love the book’s characters, readers then become more motivated to find out more about their favourite characters by reading on in the series.

Addictive Book Series – For Aspiring Novelists…

Addictive Book Series usually encompass a perfect mix of characters, plot and quality writing that effectively engages readers in the storyline. It is no wonder why these novels have gathered such a strong fan base for the novels. Aspiring novelists who hope to launch a series one day should certainly consider these points when aiming to write an “addictive” book series that will be popular with readers.

This article is sponsored by Acmamall.com. Acmamall.com is an international online store selling over a million book titles offering free shipping to Singapore and Malaysia orders. Acmamall.com is committed to providing Safe, Trustworthy and Convenient online retail services for all her customers. To find out more about Acmamall.com, visit http://www.acmamall.com.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Male Teens

Stocking Stuffer Ideas Review

Make opening the stocking the best part of Christmas for your male teen. Filling a stocking gives you the opportunity to be imaginative, inventing and fun.

Stay away from the old standby items and branch out to some new ideas this Christmas. Take stock of this guy’s interests before going shopping. Does he enjoy electronics, music, gaming, books, sports, or some other activity?

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Electronic

  • Universal gadget wrist charger. Your teen can take this device with them wherever they go to recharge all of their electronic devices including the iPhone, PSP, DSi, mini USB connectors and more.
  • Game hand exerciser. This is a handy unit your teen will use to stretch out their hand and finger muscles before a marathon gaming session.
  • USB flexlight will be a great gadget for your teen to use with their laptop when they work in the dark. Kids often don’t want to turn on the overhead lights but this little gadget will be irresistible.
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Music

  • DIY Guitar Punch. Your teen will have a lot of fun making their own unique guitar picks our of whatever material they like.
  • Drumstick pencils
  • Headphones for your teen are a great stocking stuffer. Choose from noise canceling, earbuds, or earhooks.

Sports

  • Jersey, t-shirt or cap for their favorite team.
  • Team logo M&Ms
  • Small equipment they need for their favorite sports.
  • Sports decor items for their room such as their team’s banner.
  • Tickets to his favorite team’s next game.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas – The Goods

Books:

  • Inheritance, the latest book by Christopher Paolini might be just what your teen wants.
  • Hunger Games, the first book in the Hunger Games series is a fabulous read your teen will enjoy before the movie premiere’s this summer.

Gaming:

  • Accessories such as headphones, cables, or new controllers are great options for the stocking.
  • The latest video game or software needed for the game is a commonly desired gift by teens.
  • Gaming magazines might entice your teen who isn’t much of a reader to devour every page.
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Miscellaneous

  • Cookie Misfortune Evil Fortune Cookies – Instead of a good fortune these cookies predict a bad end for most who dare to read. This item is sure to bring a lot of laughs.
  • Screaming Monkey Slingshot. Advised only for teens who don’t live in your house. Your child or teen will love this but the screaming will definitely get on the adults’ nerves.
  • The ultimate 5 in 1 geek pen includes pen, stylus, red laser pointer, LED light and UV light.
  • A water bottle with a design he likes.
  • Leather bracelets.

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