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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 3

Welcome back for day three of the YA Superlative Blogfest. Today’s topic: Elements of Fiction. And the answer are:

Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.)

I love the idea of a military prodigy hunting down the country’s most wanted criminal—and then falling in love with him.

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)

Inside the wall, women are lesser than men—they can’t even walk around town without a male Protector. Outiside the wall, a monster’s on the loose. Yeah, I could do without a trip there.

Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you’d happily travel to.)

I’m pretty sure the title says it all. Reading Wanderlove is like backpacking through Central America with an old friend.

Loveliest Prose

Maggie Stiefvater has a way with words that has the tendency to make me crumple my latest rough draft in a tight ball and pitch it directly in the trash. Proof:
“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn't know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”
Best First Line

Guys, I’m doing my best not to make this a The Fault in OurStars lovefest, but I’m not quite sure what can top this opening:
“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”
Most Dynamic Main Character

Can I use Augustus Waters even though he was the love interest? (If not, my second pick is Hazel. So there.) There is so much I love about Augustus: his limp, the unlit cigarette, his grand gesture at the end of the book… If I continue I might end up in tears so I’ll leave it at that.

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending

A better name for this category? Reason you hate sequels that do not come out IMMEDIATELY after the first book.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role

This one’s a tie (and maybe a three-way tie if you won’t let me give the Favorite Main Character title to Augustus Waters). Ronan in The Raven Boys is a mess of contradictions but I love him so very much. I can’t wait to see what his deal is in the next book considering the bomb he dropped on the final page. And Prince Dorian in Throne of Glass is entitled and not the greatest guy, but he’s also super interesting and loving and completely awesome. I might cry unhappy tears if Celaena doesn’t end up with him in the end.

Best Use of Theme

The way This is Not a Test explores human nature—why do we fight to survive when all hope is lost?—is just brilliant.

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