First a bit of news:
My buddy Cole Gibsen’s debut YA novel, KATANA, came out this week. The weaponry on the cover—to say nothing of the title—hints at serious swordplay. I suspect there is also icky girl stuff in there, but you can find out for yourself at http://www.colegibsen.com/ and at the Apocalypsies blog http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com/.
Another Apocalypsie (and YA Fusion blogger) Kristen Simmons http://www.kristensimmonsbooks.com/, signed her debut novel, ARTICLE 5, at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville KY this past week http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/. Kristen told the large and enthusiastic crowd about her journey, then she read and gave away swag.
Although I did not win an ARTICLE 5, ‘How I Can Help Survive The Apocalypse’ prize, I did come away with a swank bookmark announcing that (drum roll) YA Fusionista Bethany Griffin http://bethanygriffin.com/ will sign her new book, MASQUE Of The RED DEATH, at Carmichael’s on Friday April the 27th at 7.
And one more bit about Carmichaels and a YA Fusion member. Author Kelly Creagh http://www.kellycreagh.com/ was also at the signing, and while there, she autographed a couple in-stock copies of her novel, NEVERMORE. If you hurry, you might score one.
All of which, leads me to... When Kelly wasn’t scribbling in books, we talked about plot predictability, and she asked if I want to know what is going to happen next in a book. Oddly enough, that’s what I’d planned on rambling about this week, so without further ado:
Do I want to know what is going to happen?
Okay, that’s a tad brief for a ramble, so let me flush it out. I like a believable surprise. Within the context of the story, I like characters to make consistent decisions that logically drive the plot to believable but unpredictable places. I like to be out-thought (not saying it’s hard).
Except when I don’t.
On rare occasions, I like knowing that the light at the end of the tunnel is a train. Seeing the impending impact only makes the crash better.
So here’s my rule: If I know what is going to happen next, the scene has to be better than a Roadrunner cartoon (and good luck with that). Not everyone agrees with me—you can find an interesting discussion on spoiler alerts at: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/14/139620278/spoiler-alert-you-dont-need-spoilers.
Please share your tastes in plot predictability. While you’re commenting, please list a couple books you find especially satisfying, either because of a surprise ending or because of Wile E. Coyote levels of predictability.