This month, I will be sharing details I've noticed in world building and establishment of setting.
Change: Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford wrote a post on his blog titled What Makes a Great Setting. His message got me examining the change underway in stories I read with uncommon settings. It would only make sense that I use one of Nathan's MG books as an example of change underway. In JACOB WONDERBAR FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSE, cleverly published during the election year of 2012, the change going underway in the universe is the shift from a monarchy rule to a democracy where Astrals elect their first president. Astrals distrust Earthers. If part-Earther Jacob wins the election, he'll make sure his home planet is kept safe. But if his Astral rival Mick wins, then Earth could be a target for military destruction. So there are big stakes that come with the change underway in the story.
Customs and Calendar: The customs of a world that occur on a specific calendar date are often plot devices to move a story along. In J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, the children at Hogwarts learn which houses they belong to through the sorting hat ritual. In THE HUNGER GAMES, the reaping's call for Prim to serve as a tribute prompts Katniss to volunteer herself. In Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT, Beatrice chooses the faction she wants to belong to, or the way of life seeming most desirable to her, in the Choosing Ceremony marking her sixteenth birthday.
Going off on a tangent now...Today is also Insecure Writers Support Group Day, a monthly event hosted by Alex Cavanaugh....So here's my mini-IWSG post for today...Speaking of DIVERGENT, have any of you read the book? If you have, had you been in Beatrice's shoes during the Choosing Ceremony, would you have left the security of Abnegation for the harsh conditions of living as Dauntless?
There have been times in my younger life when I really wanted to trade off the sensitive and empathetic side of myself characteristic of Abnegation and instead, be tough and aloof as Dauntless. I used to feel that kind people were magnets for leeches, and let's just say I've known a few leeches. But I was what I was, and I am what I am. Getting older, I've learned to appreciate characteristics about myself I had resented before. And I've also learned to stay away from leeches.
Have you ever known a "leech?"
What are examples of change underway, or calendar dates and customs from books, TV, or movies that you can think of?