Thursday, July 24, 2008

Weekly Geeks 12: One more question

Joy Renee at asked:

I'm interested in the technique and art of storytelling itself so anything along that line would interest me.

My questions are for any or all of the fiction titles in your list:

How was Point-of-View handled?

Twilight: The story is told exclusively through Bella

On, Off: Third-person multiple, through a variety of characters

Melusine: The narrative alternates between Mildmay and Felix

Was there a single POV character or did it alternate among two or more.

Twilight: Single narrative

On, Off: Multiple narrative

Melusine: Dual narrative

Was it always clear whose eyes and mind were filtering? Yes, for all three; and Melusine had sub-heads when the narrative switched

How was language used to set tone and mood?

Twilight: The mood was filtered mostly through Bella's perceptions _ of the town she's just moved to, Forks, which is grey and gloomy most of the time, so the reader's moods become Bella's moods

On, Off: The language is that of a detective novel; with a strong narrative that draws you into the story

Melusine: The language here is quite lush, as it's set in a Renaissance-style world and is used to great effect, especially the sense of a complete language. Although a glossary or an appendix would have been useful

Was the prose dense or spare?

Twilight: Fairly dense

On, Off: Mostly spare, with dense passages

Melusine: Pretty dense

Were sentences generally simple or complex?

Twilight: Generally simple

On, Off: Generally simple

Melusine: Same :)

How was metaphor used?

Twilight: The gloom hanging over Forks is a metaphor for the seeming-hopelessness of Bella and Edward's situation

On, Off: Delmonico's straight-shooting contrasts with the chaos of the murders and the ''Hug'' is a metaphor for the skill and precision of the murderer

Melusine: Felix's madness is a metaphor for the corruption in Melusine

Were associations fresh or did they tend toward cliche?

Twilight: A mix of both

On, Off: Fresh, from memory

Melusine: Fresh

Did they add to your understanding of the theme?

Twilight: The theme was pretty clear anyway

On, Off: Yes

Melusine: Yes

What was the central or organizing theme?

Twilight: Impossible love

On, Off: New ways of looking at old things

Melusine: Saving yourself

Wow, Joy, some really thought-provoking questions! Thanks :)

How does the title relate to the story?

Was it fitting?

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