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I only regret that most of the examples are for the Fantasy and SF writers. Farland writes a Case Study in resonance by analyzing Tolkien's Lord of the Ring, which is to a certain degree interesting, but I think it's a pity he only concentrates on Tolkien's saga.
I somehow had the feeling this book was rushed (it's too short to actually call it a book!). Some chapters were brilliant, but lacked sufficient content. Before you know it, you turn the last page on your Kindle. Still, I'm happy I bought it, because the tips are useful and luckily it isn't the same rehashed writing advice you read in most how-to books.
It's an absolutely brilliant piece of work. Prospective writers or anyone who just wants to read something interesting should definitely check it out.
I found it interesting that, even if you believe you are breaching new ground, creating new worlds, you should use the power of resonance to subconsciously drive it. His exposition of Tolkien's use of resonance, and how meticulously he crafted the tenants of his world, were mind-boggling. This did way more than put James Cameron's 4 years of 'design' of the nuances of the Avatar world into proper perspective. Tolkien took over a decade to design his...including the languages of his dominant races.
After I read this, I decided to check out David's book, 'On My Way to Paradise', as a curiosity. However by the time I got 1/4 of the way through the SECOND PAGE, I had to buy it. The use of resonance, foreshadowing and a dynamic opening -- one that was suggestive but not in your face -- drew me in in SO many ways...it just had me saying, "I've GOT to learn how to do that!" So I ordered it to dissect how he did it (I ordered the hardcopy version).
I own over a dozen books on crafting fiction and none of them talk about this technique (of creating resonance)...a technique that, for the first time in my life, had me buying an author previously unknown to me, after reading just over ONE PAGE of their book.
Get this book if you want to improve your sample; if you want people hooked (quickly) on the story you weave. It'll make you a more powerful (and successful) writer.
Why are the Twilight series so popular?
How about the grand popularity of Harry Potter?
Seems like a mystery . . . but a mystery no longer.
David Farland answers that very question in this short little book. He talks about how certain stories resonate with readers, and grow in popularity.
A fantastic read. And a must-read for all writers--I don't care if you've never published anything or if you're a 20-year established author. Read it!
Having read this book I find it intimidating so much I never thought about. It has got me rethinking about all the names in my fantasy series, I'll likely have to re think them. There is much more to resonance than just the names. How does it relate to our lives, to other things we've read, our loves and fears, etc. he even pointed out the importance of making a cover resonance with other covers. He uses an artist that has created covers for some of the great fantasy writers this even his covers brings resonance to readers of these other books.
Throughout the book he points out how Tolkien use resonance with his words, the story itself and even in the imagery. Tolkien was a master of resonance there is much to learn from his work.
I must confess I never read "The Lord of the Rings". I read "The Hobbit" which I enjoyed I just never got into "The Lord of the Rings" I did read several other fantasy books and played Dungeons and Dragons for years even became a Dungeon Master. Much of my fantasy world comes from ADND (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons) you could say I refined my world through my Role Playing.
There is much for a novice writer such as myself to learn from this work. I strongly recommend this to all inspiring writers. I wonder if this would have helped me with me reports in collage.
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