What’s the setting of your book?
(where does your book take place? What time period? What details or descriptions help to provide a picture or a backdrop of the setting?)
My book takes place in the land of Oz. There are a couple different places they go. In the beginning of the book they are in Nest Hardings. But later, they travel to the University of Shiz. Its very hard to tell the time period of the book but, if I had to guess, I would say around the early 1900s to mid 1900s. Most of the adjectives describing the backdrop are mountains, trees, forest, lake, pathway, and garden. So, it makes me think that they are back in a forest. Until they get to the university. Then, it talks about carriages, many people, and prestigious architecture making me think its more modern.
Who/what are the characters in your book (so far)?
(describe the main figures in your book. Is there a clear protagonist?Antagonist? what are the relationships between the characters?)
So far, there are several characters in my book. They include:Nanny, Frex, Melena, Elphaba, Turtle Heart, Galinda, and Ama Clutch. Keep in mind these are just the main characters so far, but there are a lot of other characters. There is no clear protagonist or antagonist, as the relationships between characters, and their place in the book are still changing, since its early in the book. Melena and Frex are the parents of the odd, out of place, ugly Elphaba. Galinda is the beautiful, rich, persuasive girl who gets stuck with Elphaba, because her Ama was late. Turtle Heart appeared earlier in the book in Elphabas childhood, but I feel he played/plays an important role in the book.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper The book, Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper was very different from the movie Last of the Mohicans in terms of the story line. However, I feel that the producer and director of this movie did a good job of preserving Cooper's original vision of the classic American man surviving in the wilderness, while possibly presenting it better ...
What is the plot of your book (so far)?
(what events have happened and how have they shaped the story? Is the plot complex or fairly simple to follow? What do you think is going to happen next?)
I DEFIDENTLY would not call this plot easy to follow. It is very complicated with fictional language that gets confusing, and it is a very different book than most books I have read. So far, Elphaba, who I know is the wicked witch, has been born. At first, her parents are ashamed and almost disgusted. It seems like later on they warm up to her but, it would be hard to have a green, vicious child, with razor sharp teeth. Her birth obviously set the plot for the book considering how it is all about her. Many years later we step into Galindas life as she and her rich self, board a train to one of the most prestigious university’s in Oz. There she unfortunately (for her), gets a room with Elphaba. I have a feeling the book is about to get pretty interesting.
Share one intriguing passage from your book. Why did you choose it?
“Nanny leaned closer. The child couldn’t be, what, three weeks old? Yet as Nanny moved from side to side, looking at the profile of the forehead from this angle and that, so as to judge the shape of the mind, the girls eyes tracked her back and forth. They were brown and rich, the color of overturned earth, flecked with mica. There was a network of fragile red lines at each soft angle where the eyelids met, as if the girl had been bursting the blood threads from the exertion of watching and understanding. And the skin, oh yes, the skin was green as sin. Not an ugly color, Nanny thought. Just not a human color.” ~ Page 32
I picked this passage of the book because it is at the beginning of the book and gives us a small bit of foreshadowing. We know that this isn’t a normal baby and there is something ether terrifying or intriguing about her. Elphie is marked for some type of destiny. We know that. But how does she gets there? That’s why I am reading this book. But one thing is for sure, Elphaba was never normal.