Pointless little blog

As you can see from the title this blog is going to be completely pointless.  I have nothing to write about.  I do however want to write something so here I am.

I am struggling to find something (anything) to write about.

I’ve just started to read 2 books (I know, I really should stick to one at a time).  One full on chick lit about a woman trying to loose weight and another Jodi Picoult book.  I’m not too excited about either of them.  I never am about Ms Picoult’s books, I never understand why because I love them when I get into them and find I can’t put them down! 

I do have something else I can ramble on about.  I’ve recently started to think about the way ‘Holiday’ will be written.  It’s always been 3rd person, but from the heroine’s perspective in my head.  But, I;ve just remembered, the first novel I wanted to ever write was going to be 1st person, so I’vebeen mulling over the idea of writing it 1st person.  I want to make my decision before I start writing any more of it.  But I’m not too sure.  If it’s 3rd person it’s only going to be from her perspective, there’s going to be no seeing of anything from other people’s perspectives, so maybe it should be 1st person?  I might try writing a scene about something twice, one 1st and one 3rd person to see which I prefer. 

I like books written in 1st or 3rd person but from just one person’s perspective.  I like discovering things when they do, Ipersonally think it helps me loose myself into the book more, when you know what they are thinking etc you become more involved.

I read a blog earlier by someone who’s writing a chick lit book.  She was talking about how all chick lit novels end happily ever after with the guy you’ve always know she’s going to end up with.   And it’s really predictable.  I had this exact same issue a few months ago (if I can find the blog I’ll link it here).  I wanted to write something a little deeper, something you can’t see from the 1st 100 pages exactly what’s going to happen. 

But I was talking to someone else about this, and they were saying wouldn’t that change what chick lit is?  We want to read it for the happy ever after.  If they didn’t end up together in the end we’d feel cheated?  OR would we? Would it be like sliding doors (the movie) where I thought the wrong Gwyn died?  I love the film, but hate it because there was only a hint of happy ever after, not it right there in your face.  If my novel didn’t end up with the main characters together, would my readers (getting very ahead of myself here) hate the ending?  I don’t know, I can’t decide.  I think I need to go with the fairytale ending for this book, then maybe think something else for the next one?!

Hmmm.  Seems that wasn’t pointless, or little.  That always seems to happen!

2 thoughts on “Pointless little blog

  1. Hi there, just come across your blog!

    I’ve often thought that about chick lit books and the same with chick flicks… I always moan about how predictable they are and think that it would be good to change the ending or make it less obvious what’s going to happen. But I saw ‘the break up’ at the cinema (hopefully I’m not ruining the story for you if you haven’t seen it) but the couple didn’t get back together at the end as I thought they would… and I found myself being quite disappointed by that!

    Aren’t stories escapism? Perhaps this is why we get disappointed with a bad/dull/unhappy endings because when we pick up a book or head to the cinema, we expect to be taken from our own lives for an hour/2 hours into world which is different to ours where we expect a good ending… with the case of chick flicks/books…. happy ones?

  2. Hi CJ,

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to add your comment.

    I’ve just realised you are so right. Our lives aren’t perfect and sections of our lives don’t always have the happy endings we want, so we escape into a book or film where the characters are going to end up happy and it gives us a little lift.

    I remember I once watched the film Prime (with Uma Thurma) and was gutted the main characters didn’t end up together. That really should tell me something.

    I guess also the predictable ending isn’t the whole thing, it’s the rest of the book read/film watched that matters just as much.

    Thanks, you’ve really helped.

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