Should be finished with the first HP by the end of this week!
I was talking to a local librarian today about this very subject.
Her advice was:
- decide a specific age group
- don't over-complicate it
- Make it believable in its weird, fantastical, unrealistic way...
- Understand that, by using illustrations, the readers will all have the same images in their mind.
What else was there?
Oh, yes! Either write it relatively well (like the HP books) and (hopefully) gain the younger/teenage attention, or do it properly and write it well with the risk of having few readers.
I mean, how many people have actually read LODR? I don't know anyone who has (except for my super brainy little brother). It's too wordy! And all those words are just for description! There's no Hardy-like wordyness (is that a word?) to it in which every word is important to the characters/story, so it gets boring.
My aim has always been to prove that the fantasy genre can be classed as literature, however, if it's boring...well, then, what's the point of an adventure story??
To any readers out there, what do you think of a double story line? (e.g. following Frodo, Sam and Gollum in the 3rd LODR and then cutting back to Aragorn etc.) You know what I mean.. two different characters...
Does it work? Is it annoying? Does it grip you? Should I use it?