Happy Wednesday! With the weather warming up just a bit here in the desert, I am proud to introduce to you a most honorable guest.
A good friend of mine and young adult author Rhiannon Paille, the writer who gave us Flame of Surrender, the first book in The Ferryman and the Flame Series, has ventured to the land of cacti all the way from Canada to grace us with her presence. Today, our gracious canuck has agreed to present to us the top five things people don’t want to read. Writers should find this especially intriguing as should avid readers; do you agree or disagree?
Without further delay, here’s Rhi! *insane cheering, clapping and one awkward man whistling too loudly*
#5: Normal girls with nothing interesting about them except for the super amazing hot boys that like them.
Because this doesn’t make sense. When I was a normal girl in high school there were no super amazing hot boys checking me out. In fact, they were constantly insulting me because I wasn’t pretty enough, skinny enough, or slutty enough to be with them.
The truth: real hot boys are jerks.
#4: Girls entering a brand new school in a brand new town and having to learn the new rules from the nice people.
Because this is the beginning of every popular book and movie out there. Buffy, The Craft, A Witch in Winter, House of Night, Mythos Academy, Hex Hall, etc. etc.
The truth: It’s overdone, move on.
#3: Anyone finding out they’re a vampire, werewolf, shapeshifter, faery, easter bunny, santa claus, or any other type of supernatural being.
Because it’s been perfected by Cassandra Clare, Charlaine Harris, Maggie Stiefvater, L.J. Smith, Julie Kagawa, Joss Whedon, Eric Kripke, and a dozen other writers.
The truth: Know what you are, don’t discover it.
#2: Anyone from the modern world falling down the rabbit hole and discovering the other worlds.
Because Lewis Carroll perfected this with Alice in Wonderland.
The truth: If you have to fall down a rabbit hole to another world, at least make it interesting, and not a rabbit hole.
#1: A hero completing his destiny.
Because every book in the history of mankind has involved some hero completing some destiny and the stories that really stand out are the ones that aren’t about all of that kerfuffle.
The truth: heroes aren’t everything, I personally like the underdogs.
About Rhiannon Paille (@RhiannonPaille):
I was never a normal girl. My life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape my everyday weirdness I began writing fantasy. I studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. I’m married to a chef/comic book shop owner and I have a fondness for architecture. I frequent twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know me you should visit my site: www.yafantasyauthor.com
Flame of Surrender (Official Book Trailer):
“Bloom the weed of temptation and expire the great garden of life.” – The Great Oak
A boy who follows death
A girl who could cause the apocalypse
A love that never should have happened
A mistake that changes everything . . .
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?