Warning: spoilers. Hopkins writes verse poetry novels, often featuring split-perspective narratives. Identical focuses on two abused sixteen-year-old twin daughters with twisted priorities. The father sexually abuses Kaeleigh who binges and purges her food as a point of control – the only control she has over her body – while Raenne pursues drugs as an outlet. A fatal accident… Continue reading Identical – Ellen Hopkins
Sick-lit is a relatively new term that has emerged particularly in Young Adult texts, as the area of YA is often on par with popular cultural trends. I’m including a sick-lit text (‘Impulse’, by Ellen Hopkins) in the thesis I’ll be writing this year (2015). None of the lecturers I mentioned it to had heard… Continue reading What is Sick-Lit?
MINI REVIEW The YA fantasy novel Throne of Glass centres on eighteen year old protagonist Celeana Sardothian, a captured assassin. She must win the King’s contest to become his Champion, but will only be granted her freedom after years of servitude and murder. She must decide between dying in the slave mines of Endovier, or… Continue reading Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
I find it difficult to construct a character on a whim – it’s significantly easier to base them on somebody, whether that’s someone you know or a complete stranger. I wrote these character sketches while riding public transport (in 2013). People are sitting ducks for your creativity, all you have to do is sketch them… Continue reading How Do I Create A Character?