One of my aims for NG this year is to incorporate more literature and film into my blog. I wanted to do something unique though, rather than generic book and film reviews by me, and so I have two new features; 'The books that define us' and 'The films that define us'. The feature consists of a guest blogger writing about some of their favourite, most inspirational and memorable films or books. Not only is it a great way to discover new culture, but also new bloggers too.
I asked Ellie to open this feature due to the nature of her blog, a space where she writes beautiful, engaging stories and I wanted to know the fiction that has inspired her work. You can check out her blog here. Read on as Ellie takes you on an enchanting journey starting with her most memorable childhood books through to the Young Adult fiction that has inspired how she writes today.
The Babysitters club by Ann. M. Martin.
"I so had to think back on this one and I might be way off base, but I
remember how my mother got me started on Ann. M. Martin's The
Baby-Sitters Club(1). At that time, she was teaching special ed students
with learning disabilities, and her district didn't have books to spare
so she invented her lesson plans around characters in this series. Even
boys were wanting to know what would happen next with these girls".
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Anne Brashares.
"From reading one Ann's work later lead to another Ann, Ann
Brashares' Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants(2). Perhaps there was a
growing theme, I wanted to have friendships like that too. And many
times I'd write my own journals for friends who moved away, so I could
send them a book. Naturally, I'm still writing stories in my blog".
California Diaries by Ann M. Martin.
"Most of my stories are character driven and usually I try to find a
way to get to the short attention span (since I have one too). I really
loved Ann M. Martin's California Diaries(3). From those books I found Ducky
who I still wish we knew what happened to. He was a best friend that
the girls could never completely understand. Of course in those days,
one was not going to read the word "gay" nor "homosexual", especially,
since these were teen books for middle schoolers. Still, he was rather
aloof in spite of him trying to save his suicidal friend. This character
influenced me to write characters who are rather complex".
Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez.
"In the Young Adult world of reading, I'm glad I've found Alex
Sanchez's work such as Rainbow High(4). He definitely deals with issues and
has made many aware of the problems that teens face. I like the way he
writes and he has such a great way of presenting problems and where to
go for help".
Doing It and Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess
"Another on my list of Young Adult authors who make a difference is
British author Melvin Burgess. Yes, Doing It(5) is on my list of favourite
books of all times. Perhaps, the book is little bit along the line of TV
show Skins, yet I found it did have much more heart. Some of his work
does deal with the drug scene and runaways. If any of his books could be
made into a movie, I would choose Nicholas Dane(6). It's a heart wrenching
story of a boy who lived on the streets during the 80's".
Fearless by Francine Pascal
"One last author I must mention is Francine Pascal. I know she gets a
bad rap with her Sweet Valley High series, but she did write another
series I just couldn't get enough of; Fearless(7). The story of Gaia, the
girl without the fear gene. Of course, one might think it was long
commercial of suspense to get to the next book. However, I did like her
techniques at catching my interest through different scenes which might
only be texts from a cell phone. This series made me want to start my
own. I did find the series inspiring".
Shadowland and He's so/She's so novels by Kate Brian.
"So what am I reading now? Kate Brian's Shadowland(8). Its her new trilogy!
is the author the series Privilege and Private. She also writes under
the name Kieran Scott, too. And I adored her He's so/She's so(9) trilogy.
However, Shadowland is much darker, and you will find that a lot in
Young Adult fiction. This is the story of Rory who was attacked by a
serial killer. Now she and her family are in the witness protection
program and have moved. But is it enough to keep her killer away. I'm
actually glad this trilogy isn't about vampires. I do like fiction that
deals with real problems. I try to do this in my own writing, too".
All quotes are by Ellie, and I urge you to check out her fabulous blog!
If, like Ellie, you would love to share your most memorable films/books in this feature feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
Have a well-read weekend!