Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

30 Days of Writing – Day 16 & Book #22

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? 😉

Both Divine Fire and Pas de Chat depict romantic relationships. DF has a Victorian feel to how male-female relationships are handled. Therefore, everything is pretty chaste. (Come to think of it, the same goes for Lucinda at the Window except in that case the book *is* set in 1901. Not Victorian, but close.)

PdC is contemporarily set and is a little more sexy. There’s a bedroom scene; it’s brief. I will admit, as I have before, that I’m not very comfortable writing the sexy bits. I’d rather write some stomach-churning gross bits. I’ve mulled a little about why this might be. The best answer I’ve decided on is that while a reader may or may not believe that writing reflects the writer, I am more comfortable with the utter unbelievability of my being a serial killer than the possibility that I might be a perv in bed.

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Book #22 – The Prestige by Christopher Priest

My book-every-ten-days plan want right off the rails in August. I just could find the time to read everyday. That trend has continued into September.

Over the weekend, I finally managed to finish The Prestige by Christopher Priest. This is the book that the Hugh Jackman/Christian Bale movie was based on. I knew that The Illusionist was based on a novella, but I hadn’t realized that the other "magician movie" was based on a text as well. (I currently have some interest in magician novels…)

What strikes me about this novel is that, while originally published in 1995, it is much more like 19th century novels: Dracula, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights. There is narrator that is external to the majority of the story. The story is formed by several different journals. Which means, there is a great deal of "telling" in this novel rather than showing. And that’s okay. There are quiet a few extraneous details, especially within Angier’s journal, that have more to do with the character’s life than with the story. And that’s okay too. It works.

I do wish that I hadn’t seen the movie before reading this because I knew what to expect twist-wise. I could appreciate some of the literary misdirection that the author engaged in to tell the story, without cheating. I also think that the movie tells a better story by limiting the scope to only the two magicians, though I would like to give the movie a rewatch.