IT’S OFFICIAL! I have started a shortlist of titles I have chosen to delve into during my storytelling exploits. I decided to pick four titles from the results I got when I was searching for vampires. I also decided to only look at stories in films or tv-series to begin with.
These were the first four titles I picked:
001) The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer
002) All Souls Trilogy, Deborah Harkness
003) Shadowhunter Chronicles, Cassandra Clare
004) Fallen Series, Lauren Kate
If you want to know why it was these four I picked, as opposed to any other of the endless options out there, I explain my reasons here.
Right now, I’m primarily interested in stories with paranormal and/or supernatural themes, but any story will pique my interest if it’s either a great story (allegedly), or a story that has been hugely successful. The tacky, tasteless and terrible ones will also get a chance as the objective of this whole adventure is to get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t.
I want to understand:
a) What is a good story?; and
b) What makes a story bad?
And I’d also like to know if there’s a way we can learn to identify whether our own stories are good or bad? Or, at the very least, passable?
Do you have any suggestions that I should add to my list? Any titles you think might fit my objective? Please, let me know in the comments below or drop me an email at aswewriteblog at gmail dot com.
Cheers for now,