(Opportunity for some extremely cringey puns there! I’m willing to reward anyone who comes up with a really good one!)
Thank you for your comments on the first blog post! I very much enjoyed reading your observations. For those of you who haven’t commented, please remember that you are being graded on the work you do here. I’ll post every Monday and you have until the following Monday to comment. Also, your comment doesn’t need to be that long. I’m looking for one or two observations as to language features you’ve noticed and their effect.
Tomorrow in class we’re going to be talking a lot about genre in particular. Obviously, we’ve spoken about a lot of genres over the past few weeks so I thought we could just focus on one for now. We chatted last week about dystopian and futuristic settings and how there were MANY examples in Young Adult novels. Some famous examples are The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. All of them have several generic features which are common amongst them, not least of all being a strong, plucky protagonist like Katniss or Beatrice. The setting is also an important characteristic.
Here is an extract from The Fever Code which was published last year, written by James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner.
“That morning, they awoke to a sight of wonder.
It was his mother’s voice. He’d been dreaming, something about a football match, the ball spinning across the green grass of the pitch, heading for an open goal in an empty stadium. “Kids! Wake up! Come see!”
He opened his eyes, saw his mother looking out the small window, the only one in the basement room. She’d removed the board his dad had nailed there the night before, like he did every evening at sunset. A soft gray light shone down on his mother’s face, revealing eyes full of bright awe. And a smile like he hadn’t seen in a very long time lit her even brighter.
“What’s going on?” he mumbled, climbing to his feet.
Lizzy rubbed her eyes, yawned, then followed him to where Mum gazed into the daylight. He could remember several things about that moment. As he looked out, squinting as his eyes adjusted, his father still snored like a beast. The street was empty of crazies, and clouds covered the sky, a rarity these days. He froze when he saw the white flakes. They fell from the grayness, swirling and dancing, defying gravity and flitting up before floating back down again. Snow. Snow.
“What the bloody hell?” he mumbled under his breath, a phrase he’d learned from his father.
“How can it snow, Mummy?” Lizzy asked, her eyes drained of sleep and filled with a joy that pinched his heart.
He reached down and tugged on her braid, hoping she knew just how much she made his miserable life worth living. “
Oh, you know,” Mum replied, “all those things the people say. The whole weather system of the world is shot to bits, thanks to the Flares. Let’s just enjoy it, shall we? It’s quite extraordinary, don’t you think?” (Dashner 24)
What do YOU think? Can you tell the genre from this small section? If so, what are the elements that suggest the genre to you? Are their any language features you enjoy?
As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts!