Editor’s 6 Core Questions

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

Editor's 6 Core Questions

1. What is the genre? Global—Status > Sentimental Secondary—Society > Historical 2. What are the conventions and obligatory scenes for the genre? Conventions Strong Mentor Figure: For Starr, there are multiple mentor figures including her father Maverick, her mom Lisa, and her uncle Carlos. Each of these mentors educates and protects Starr as she learns… Read more »

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The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)

Editor's 6 Core Questions

1. What is the genre? Global—Society > Political Secondary—Worldview > Revelation 2. What are the conventions and obligatory scenes for the genre? Conventions One Central Character with offshoot characters that embody a multitude of the main character’s personality traits: David is the central character. Big Canvas (internal or external +social problem added by Status internal… Read more »

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Knots and Crosses (Ian Rankin)

Editor's 6 Core Questions

1. What is the genre? Global—Crime > Murder Mystery > Hardboiled Secondary—Worldview > Revelation 2. What are the conventions and obligatory scenes for the genre? Conventions A MacGuffin: Gordon Reeve wants to punish DS John Rebus as revenge for abandoning him during their secret SAS training. The punishment for desertion is death. Investigative Red Herrings:… Read more »

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The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller)

Editor's 6 Core Questions

1. What is the genre? Global—War > Brotherhood Secondary—Worldview > Maturation or Revelation 2. What are the conventions and obligatory scenes for the genre? Conventions One central character with offshoot characters who embody a multitude of that character’s personality traits: Patroclus is the central character.  Achilles is everything he ever wanted to be, an honor… Read more »

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Dear John (Nicholas Sparks)

Editor's 6 Core Questions

1. What is the genre? Global—Love Story > Courtship Secondary—Worldview > Maturation 2. What are the conventions and obligatory scenes for the genre? Conventions Triangle: Army/Savannah/John – causes Savannah and John’s final separation Tim/Savannah/John – causes John to invoke his sacrifice Helpers and Harmers. Susan: Harmer – college friend who thinks Savannah can do better… Read more »

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A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)

Editor's 6 Core Questions

analyzed by Danielle Kiowski 1. What is the genre? Global—Worldview > Disillusionment Secondary—War 2. What are the conventions and obligatory scenes for the genre? Conventions Strong Mentor Figure. The priest in Henry’s Italian army unit is his mentor. Throughout the first half of the novel, they have conversations in which the priest becomes increasingly despondent… Read more »

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