Reverse author interviews is a new feature run by Kim and Cyn at Book Munchies. Instead of the blogger interviewing the author, this time the author asks the questions. What a great idea! Here's the official blurb from the Book Munchies site:
Here at Book Munchies, we enjoy reading other author interviews and see them often featured on quite a number of book blogs. But a thought came to us, those authors never get to ask us anything; we’re always the ones doing the asking. But what if there was something they wanted to know about us? So, Book Munchies has been working to gather questions from a variety of authors about a good mix of topics.
Today I'm one of the bloggers taking part, and I'll be answering questions from:
Hilary Weisman Graham is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and novelist. She is the author of Reunited, a young adult novel from Simon and Schuster. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and son.
Here are her questions:
Me: I'm a big fantasy and science fiction fan, and there certainly are some common conventions and tropes within the genre. In fantasy it's things like The Chosen One, The Dark Lord, The Quest, Wise Old Wizards, etc, and in science fiction you come across Robots as Slaves, Space Soldiers, Han-Solo-esque Space Rogues, etc, quite a lot. I love it when authors twist those ideas in some way, or when they do something completely new.
Reading the same thing over and over can get tiring, but thankfully SFF has a lot of sub-genres within it that often have very different conventions, which makes it easy to 'take a break' while still staying within the wider SFF genre. For example, cyberpunk stories have their own common ideas and feel, but these are very different to, say, epic fantasy. Some of the most interesting stories come out of authors combining sub-genres that don't seem to go together, or using the typical tropes or style of one to tell the other. Combining science fiction and fairytales, for instance, has been very successful recently.
HWG: What's more likely to get you hooked in a book--plot or character?
Me: That's a hard one. My first instinct was to say 'character, definitely', but there have been some amazing science fiction books that kept me interested despite having fairly boring characters, simply because their ideas and plots were so amazing. I think if the characters are strong enough, they will hold up a lacklustre plot, and vice versa. Obviously, it's better if both aspects are good! It's really the characters that tend to keep me coming back for more, I think, and that will hook me on a book.
HWG: Does a book need to have a love story in it for you to like it?
|One of my fave romances|
HWG: Do you ever get "series fatigue," or do you prefer reading books that are part of a series because you get to spend more time with characters you love?
Me: I don't think I've ever had series fatigue. Oh wait, yes I have! But in that case it was because the story had been dragged on for longer than necessary. Then again, if I'm really loving the world and the characters, I can forgive bloated plots much easier (*cough*A Song of Ice and Fire*cough*).
On the other hand, there are so many trilogies within the fantasy and YA genres that it's such a relief to read a stand-alone book sometimes. Series are fun, but all the time you're reading the first book you know you're not going to get the resolution yet. It's much easier to find stand-alone novels in science fiction, but even that's becoming a bit seriesified now.
Those were great questions! Thanks Book Munchies and Hilary Weisman Graham.
What about you? What do you think - too many series at the moment? Love stories - yay or nay? Plot or character? Do you get tired of the same old genre tropes?