I stumbled across this image this past week and immediately saved it as my phone’s wallpaper and screensaver.
It appeals to me in part because I am a writer.
But it speaks to me even more because I’m a reader. A reader who sometimes is frustrated by finding the same-old, same-old when I read a dust jacket or amazon.com blurb.
Oh, I know that the Good Book says (in Ecclesiastes) that “there is no new thing under the sun”. Truth be told, there probably is a finite number of plot lines.
Boy meets girl; fate/someone else intervenes; boy and girl part; love conquers all and boy and girl reunite. Everyone loves a happy ending.
Or, if it’s written by one of a couple of current writers who have made a living on same-story, different-name and different-catastrophic illness plots, it’s a tear-jerker.
Boy meets girl; boy or girl either has or is soon diagnosed with a terminal disease; said boy or girl passes away.
Then there’s the often-tried story line in which boy has girl; boy cheats on girl; girl finds out and leaves boy, retiring to a beach cottage she recently inherited from her aunt; girl meets good-looking widower with small child living in cottage next door . . .
I think you get the idea.
But even though there may be only a certain number of plots, it sure would be nice if so many current writers didn’t use almost the exact same elements in their execution!
I want something different. And so, I’m going to write something different!
My book won’t have a beach cottage or a handsome new next-door-neighbor. There won’t be a book club that meets once a month on Wednesday night. Or a group of sisters meeting at their family
home — or beach cottage — one more time before selling it now that their parents have passed on.
My book likely won’t be published (the publishing world is a hard one to break into these days), but that’s okay. I think Ms Blume is right, and I’m going to heed her words.
I’m going to write the book that I can’t find on the shelf.
So . . . what is the book you can’t find on the shelf? The book you’d like to read?
Please join in the conversation by sharing your thoughts and ideas via a comment below.