James Proclaims (4)

Back by ‘popular’ demand, here is my eleventh suggestion for a novel that I could have attempted to write during the annual novel-writing festival that is NaNoWriMo.

But to be clear, I’m not writing any of them.

Because they are not good ideas.

And today’s ‘not good idea’ is the following:

Children Of Dystopia

Are you a young adult (or do you fit into the incredibly vague parameters of what might qualify as a young adult)?

If the answer is yes, then maybe you’d like ‘Papier Mache Gorillas’, one of my earlier efforts at a potential YA novel. Or maybe you’d enjoy ‘The Golden Socks’ a magical children’s novel that should appeal to all ages.

But if they both seem a little too saccharine for your tastes, then maybe you’d prefer something a little darker.

If so, does the idea of a dystopian world appeal? One where troubled teens do battle for some hard-to-define reason? Perhaps where many of the main characters meet violent and disturbing ends at regular intervals?

Perhaps you like your fiction bleak, humourless and set in a nightmare version of the future, a sort of ‘1984’ for young people but nowhere near as inciteful or reflective as Orwell’s masterpiece.

Despite the carnage and brutal loss of life, some of the main characters will make it to the end of the novel and there will be the beginnings of a romance forming between two of the central characters, but don’t get too attached, because there will be more death, destruction and trauma in the ensuing sequels, before the trilogy of novels concludes with the toppling of the antagonistic and corrupt authority figures and an ensuing, albeit vague, sense of optimism. Nonetheless any survivors will be so traumatised that there’s no conceivable way they can ever hope to recover any semblance of joy in their lives.

Enjoy it all again as the trilogy gets made into a series of films, although you’ll no doubt be infuriated beyond all level of reason with the inevitable plot changes that will be required to make the big screen adaptation of a such a convoluted plot even remotely possible.

The Lone Planet

4 thoughts on “Not NaNoWriMo – Part 11

  1. I identify as a young adult. My daughter told me I have a right to identify as anything I choose, and my Mum thought I was special, so there! I AM a special young adult.

    I very much look forward to this new book and insist that you send me a copy by return of post. If you don’t, then I will identify as a hot shot lawyer and come and sue you for every penny you have, because you have now raised my hopes so high and, if I am disappointed, I shall sulk, and identify as a spoiled brat!

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    1. You’re welcome to every penny I have. Once I’ve paid all my existing creditors that should leave you with a tidy sum of…
      …oh… erm… let me just calculate that again…erm, I don’t quite know how to put this…

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  2. I in turn shall self-identify as both my own look-a-like and a fan of this entire series of ‘on the money’ spoofs. I know the next in the series is the last, bringing the collection to the neat dozen. I also know the hours until that release will pass for me and many others like a sloth crossing a tree branch, which is to say slowly. I’m betting the12th will be a send-up of either a western or a gumshoe detective novel.

    This whole darn adventure aimed at blowing one giant raspberry at the questionable quality produced by scribblers the world over throughout National Novel Writing Month has been beyond…beyond (and all expectations about how much fun it could be mocking the literati).

    Bravo!
    This whole shebang has been a definite thing of beauty which, in the process, has stamped you James as a literary critic of the first order.

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