This week I want to talk about when authors get a book right.
When Authors Get It RightEvery reader has experienced this: they find a book that goes above and beyond their expectations. The book changes their life and stays with them long after they've read it. It's a book they could read over and over again and never tire of. It's a book where the author got it right.
So how can an author get it right? What makes a book or series so amazing? I think it comes down to 5 essential things: Character development, Writing, Plot Flow, Creativity, and Morality. If an author can get all five of these things right, then you get something wonderful as a result.
1. Character Development
2. WritingBack in the day, I wasn't all that picky about writing. For me, if the plot was good, then I was all set. Lately, though, the writing seems more important than ever. I am not a good writer myself, but I've become a bit of a writing critic. In my opinion, it's the writing that sets the tone of the novel. It's the writing that can manipulate your emotions (ie, make you laugh or cry), or make a plot seem exciting, or even just interesting. It's the writing that, in the end, can make or break a novel.
3. Plot Pace and Flow
Now that I've written this post, I'm trying to think of books I've read that fit the requirements I've mentioned. So here's a list of books where I think the author got it right. Keep in mind, this is my opinion; you don't have to agree with it, but feel free to add your own suggestions.
12 Books And Series Where I Think The Author Got It Right
(I tried to stop at 10, but couldn't)
1. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee I don't think there's a single person out there who's read this book and who wasn't impacted by this amazing story.
2. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien These are the books that put the fantasy genre on the map. The creativity, the writing, everything is very well done.
3. Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse This book is absolute poetry! It had a huge impact on my views of religion and life when I was a kid. The last time I read this (some months back), the ending made me burst into tears.
4. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver This book was so well written, I can't even describe it. It's so wonderful, just talking about it makes me want to read it again.
5. The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling The books that influenced an entire generation, my generation! There's magic in this story that comes alive in the hearts of readers all around the world, and it's a magic that's still working for future generations to come.
6. Life Of Pi, by Yann Martel I love this story. It's so sad yet so wonderful. This is another book that affected my religious views, and it has stuck with me for years.
7. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card Rumor has it that the military are sometimes required to read this. I love the creativity behind this story, it's so different and original.
8. Holes, by Louis Sachar When I was younger, I was immensely impressed how the plot created metaphorical "holes" that would get get filled in when you found out the answers to various plot questions. The thinking behind this whole book was genius!
9. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield Ever read a book that pulls you in from the very first page, and you can't stop? This was one of those books for me. Setterfield is a talented writer!
10. Pride And Prejudice, by Jane Austen A timeless classic this is beautiful to read, with characters and a love story that you can't help but adore!
11. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss A trilogy that isn't as widely popular as other fantasy novels, but I feel it deserves mention and praise for it's creativity, it's plot, and it's writing.
12. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloane A book that doesn't go where you expected it to go, but it puts a smile on your face and makes you feel hopeful about both the past and the future.