Friday, June 1, 2012

Review of Possession

I finished editing my current draft of Bonded recently. I wanted to reward myself. It was a tough edit, so my prize had to be something really really good.
Books are the best thing in the world, so to celebrate my finished-current-draft, I’d read Possession by Elana Johnson.
And it was a fabulous book! I loved especially the characters. Vi has such a unique voice and Jag . . . he is awesome in every way possible. I think the best part about them is that they are very much imperfect. Now, you might be thinking that’s a negative, but actually it’s not.
Perfect characters never get on our nerves. They never do what we know they shouldn’t. They never disappoint us. In essence, perfect characters are boring.
For writing, this doesn’t mean you should just stick any old flaw on your characters to make them less boring. Readers will see through that Band-Aid so fast. The key is to create a character that feels like a real person with all of their imperfections.
Pure genius is the writer that can create a character that we adore, even when they are annoying us. Those are the characters that will stick in the reader's mind.
How do we do that? I don’t know, but if you want to read a book by someone that does: Elana Johnson’s Possession.
And note: The sequel to Possession, Surrender is being released on June 5, 2012. (That’s in six days!)

19 comments:

  1. i know what you mean--sometimes if we make them like one of our friends or family--we love em and they annoy us also!

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  2. I'll have to look that book up.

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  3. I can't think of a better reward than sitting down with a great book, and who wants perfect characters?! Nope. There's nothing to read there.

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  4. Wow, thank you!! You're too awesome to leave this review.

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  5. Congratulations on getting your edit done, Jessica! I'll need to check out Elana's books soon, as I think about imperfect characters.

    Kathy M.

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  6. Congrats on finishing the edits! Actually, perfect characters do get on my nerves - for the very reason of being so unrealistic, lol. It's tough to portray a character that seems genuine. You've inspired me to check out Elana's series - so many books to be read!

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  7. Great going with your edit. You must have been walking on a cloud! And Elana Johnson knows how to tell a story. She's awesome!

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  8. yay for finishing your edits!!
    Thanks for the great review on Possession. Elana has worked hard to get to where she is.

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  9. The best written character is one that I miss when the book is finished--just like I'd miss a real friend who was gone.

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  10. Congrats on finishing your edits. It's always good to reward yourself with a good book after working hard. :)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  11. Greetings!

    I'm trying to visit all the participants of the 2012 A to Z Challenge and I have arrived at your lovely blog. Good luck with the rest of the year!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  12. Congrats on finishing your edits!

    Riya

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  16. I'm just starting down the road of edits, so I admire what you've accomplished. And I gave you an award:

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  17. Hello.
    Just stopping by to say hi. Visiting from the Post A-Z Road Trip - I'm on a quest to visit all 1,718 people who took part!

    Best wishes with your future endeavors. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I really want to read Elana's books. Possession has been on my TBR list since I first started blogging. :-D

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