Apr 09 2019

Hindrance #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter H
is for Hindrance

Did the important characters all have goals, something they worked toward or that gave them purpose during the story? Was it easy to tell what it was that the protagonist and antagonist wanted most, the obstacles between them and it, and what they were willing to do to get it?

Especially for non-fiction or reference, did everything in the book seem to have a purpose?

Writers usually give every named character an internal and external goal, and sometimes a few more goals along the way. Those goals can often tell you what genre you’re reading. Escape a monster? Horror. Get the love interest? Romance.

A hindrance is what makes the story worth telling. That’s why it’s important to think about when writing a book review.

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Question: Who is your favorite book antagonist and from what novel?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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    • joy on April 9, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    I get the creepies reading REBECCA – Mrs. Danvers is one cra-zy antagonist and i never tire of reading about her.

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  1. Favorite antagonist?… That’s a tough one. I like how a lot of the more negative characters were handled in Chakraborty’s City of Brass, but it didn’t really have onw clear bad guy (which I liked).

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    1. Ah, multiple antagonists. That’s always fun.
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  2. This is a great point–look for hindrance when reviewing a book! Great advice. I am now trying to think of favorite antagonists, but I’m coming up blank. Voldemort was… actually pretty cool, now that I think about it. Hm. Yes, I’ll go with Voldemort from Harry Potter. He was such a clear, definite, omnipresent antagonist.
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    1. And is in all the books. Good choice!
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  3. This certainly had me thinking hard. Favourite and antagonist. Hmmm. I just love to dislike them all and sweep them all out into the stratosphere. I don’t know. Anyone mindless and representing a ‘corporation’.


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  4. It’s important to think about when writing the novel, too! Favourite antagonist? Mm… I’ll go with Beira from Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.
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    1. Yes. Several points in the review book are useful for writers when writing.
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