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Authors Who Don’t Narrate the Way You Expect

by Anne Marie
Teen Advisory Group

In general, narrators  are the same. First person, third person– you know, what you read 95% of the time. Point being, they are either in the story, or else they are the all-knowing narrator.

But what about the narrators (who in these cases, are also the authors) who refuse to follow the rules? The ones don’t care about the fourth wall and mercilessly tear it down?

They tell a different story. Here are a couple of my favorites.

 

*Lemony Snicket*

Lemony Snicket ruthlessly throws down the fourth wall. Near the beginning of the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, he warns the reader not to read his books. It does not have a happy ending (which is true), so you are better off reading something else.

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And if you watch the Netflix version (which is pretty great– WAY better than the movie), “Lemony Snicket” often comes in and breaks the fourth wall and clears up definitions, much like he does in the books.

But not only does he clear up definitions, in the books he has a very *ahem* strange writing style. I don’t remember which book it was, but one time he was explaining deja vu, and then he repeated the passage exactly to give the read a sense of deja vu.

Another time, he wrote “very” for a couple pages. I don’t remember the reason why, but I know he was making a point.

 

He’s always making a point.

 

And it’s like that in all the books! It is very strange, but hey, who wants to read something “normal”?

 

*Pseudonymous Bosch*

The Name of this Book is Secret’s author “Pseudonymous Bosch” is very secretive of the critical information in the books, even of the author’s name.

(No, you don’t get it. “Pseudonymous” literally means “pen name”. As in: “the name on the cover is not the name of the person who wrote this book”.)

Want an example of how secretive the author is? Here is the first chapter:

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And here is one farther in:

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But unlike Lemony Snicket, this narrator acknowledges his own shortcomings. He realizes he will make mistakes and asks his readers to 1) forgive him and 2) forget the information he gave you.

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Why do I say Pseudonymous Bosch is a “he”? Well, I read the books, and who the author is was one of the biggest secrets in the series, so of course he gives it away.

But you’ll have to read the book to figure out who it is.

 

 

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 12 Days Away!

On Saturday, March 4 over 80 authors will be in Irving for a free day-long event. This event is called the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). While you can find most of this information at nttbf.org and on the NTTBF Twitter feed (@NTTBFest), I might have some more experienced information and tips that can help your day run a lot more smoothly.

So on Valentine’s Day, the NTTBF released its program, which means it’s time to start deciding which sessions you want to go to.

As someone who has been going to the NTTBF since it first started, here is some of my advice:

1) Plan which sessions you want to go to ahead of time and write down all the information.

2) Plan a back up session for each hour because you never know which ones will get full before you get there and you won’t be allowed in.

3) Don’t be upset if the session you wanted to go to is full. Last year, a friend and I couldn’t get into the big “To the Silver Screen” one, so we popped into a very small one about graphic novels. The guy who invented Poptropica was there, and he drew a guy who fell asleep in the first row. He gave the drawing to him, and we all had a good laugh. (Also, some of the authors were kind enough to sign my books beforehand too, but don’t expect that to happen to you.) It was the best session we attended all day!

4) Food isn’t allowed during the sessions, so pick an hour to go eat. There is a great outdoor area on the second floor (I believe), which is shaded and wasn’t all that crowded last year. Also, it was fun to look at the HUGE line of school buses literally stretching into the distance. The food lines are long, expensive, and basic (banana for $3! Stuff like that), so I recommend bringing your own. And bring a lot of good food, because books are heavier then you think, especially when you are carrying them around all day. I guess you could leave for lunch, but good luck finding a parking spot again.

5) Buy every one out of three books there. (In other words, for every two books you bring, buy one there.) The books are sold new by Half Price Books, so it’s not like you are paying $20 a book. Buying books there keeps admission and signings free, which I always appreciate. I tend to buy books for my younger siblings for future birthday presents, mostly because not only am I in a family that reads a lot, but they tend not to cost as much and because lines for those particular authors are pretty short. Also, here is the list of books being sold there.

6) If you are bringing several books, or if you know that one author’s line is going to be long, don’t go to the 3:00 session and instead get in line. There is one big line that goes into where the authors are signing, which is then divided into smaller lines for each author. Last year, the line was so long that it went outside and around the building. And remember, this IS Texas, so outside isn’t always… pleasant. Even in March. Point being, get in line early so you don’t end up in the outside part. Also, if you are outside, don’t plan on having time to get all of your books signed. Pick your favorites, note which authors have shorter lines, and go.

7) Some authors (like Marie Lu and Veronica Ross) require you have a special ticket in order to have a book signed by them, which are handed out during the day. Don’t count on being able to get these tickets, though. They run out fairly quickly, even if you run to get in line from the floor above.

8) This is basically an all day event. If you can go with your friends, great! If you can carpool, even better! But you WILL be both tired and hungry by the end of the day, so going out to eat is a perfect way to wind down and to gloat with your friends.

 

These are just a few tips I picked up in my travels, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I can only help, after all.

–Anne

 

 

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 6 Months Away!

Yeah yeah, I know, that’s a long time. The author list doesn’t even come out until November or December, so why are you bringing it up now?

Wait. Okay, let me backtrack. You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a yearly event in Irving, Texas. A bunch of authors show up (like, 50+ of ’em) and they get put in groups for decisions based around their books. And we get to watch! Admission is free, AND they do book signings afterwards (also free).

Some reasonable famous authors have showed up in the past. So. Great.

I have a crazy amount of books signed because of this. Wanna see?

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The book where you can’t see the spines I got signed elsewhere. So yeah, it’s a pretty decent portion of my  collection.

Now, the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because they have some volunteer options to help get things ready starting this November. You can get some book swag and volunteer hours and meet other book lovers.

You can find the details at http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/bffs/

In the coming months I’ll be sure to update you on the NTTBF, but until then, hope to see you in Irving!

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About the Teen: Anne Marie

Hey, Anne Marie here! I am a new blogger and member to TAG, and I may be updating you on NaNoWriMo this November. But first, here’s a little about me:

I like:

  • Writing
  • My parakeets
  • Sleep
  • Leverage (the TV show)
  • Welcome to Night Vale
  • Harry Potter
  • Birds (especially birds of prey)
  • Music

I don’t like:

  • Homework that interferes with my sleep
  • messes
  • the fire alarm going off
  • PEOPLE DISTRACTING ME WHILE I’M TRYING TO WRITE

Ugh. Homework calls. See y’all soon!

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