November 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
I am listening to Episode 198 , In Defense of Twilight, of the Dead Robots’ Society. They are trying to analyze what lessons writers can learn from these immensely popular books. One thing they have pointed out is that there is always some little mystery that either the reader or the protagonist, or both, are trying to puzzle out. There are also big mysteries that span the whole series, like why can’t Edward read Bella’s mind, but what keeps the tension constant and the pages turning is that every chapter, almost every scene has at least some little mystery. For example, the first time Edward sits next to Bella in class, why does he act so weird? How could he hate her already? Or, why do Edward’s eyes change color? Or why does Edward miss several days of school? Or why do Joseph’s peole dislike Edward’s family?
I read enough of the first book to see what they are talking about. Of course you have the big mysteries, but the insight that almost every scene has Bella worrying over one of these little mysteries, is an interesting one.