Monday, September 29, 2008

Inspirations #2: "It's a tragedy!"

No, the Bee Gees are not one of my inspirations. Not that I have any animosity towards them.


As was previously mention (Inspirations #1) I was the Great Devourer of SF/F fiction - and fact, as it happens, my parents still own a copy of the Tomorrow's World annual from 1968, with its flying cars and two-mile high skyscrapers.

Now all those SF/F books tended to be in the heroic vein, a huge variety of heroes it's true, but in the end the protagonist would always win. Which is nice, of course, and very encouraging to a somewhat introverted young lad, a bit of a misfit older than his years.

My school had a decent library and it contained SF books, among all the rest. And there was one book called "Andra" by Louise Lawrence, which I duly checked out and began to devour.

Teenage female protagonist, no problem; dystopian future Earth, lovely; protagonist fails

... and dies. O! M! G!

Yup, a fatal tragedy, and aimed at teenagers too.

I have a copy of this book to this day. I love it. It taught me the power of tragedy. (And how to write a convincing dystopian society.)

(By the way, the first book to make me blub out loud was not Andra, that was just a shock, by "Mr God, This is Anna" by Fynn. A book with phenomenal imagery and a compelling tale. And it wasn't the end that made me cry, but the middle. OK, the end did as well, but not as much. It's a book I've had to keep buying because I give it away and it just gets passed on out of reach.)

Other inspirations
  1. Art of Words
  2. It's a tragedy (this one)
  3. Haiku
  4. Art of Words addendum
  5. Perspiration

What's on the turntable? "Coyote" by Joni Mitchell from "Hejira"

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