Friday, February 17, 2012

Thinking about themes

No big surprise, but I've been spending a lot of time over at Amazon making my book's page look better.  One of the things I found was a spot to enter "themes and motifs."  My original reaction was that, heck, I'd just written some fun stories, no serious matter here. 

Naturally, I thought about it some more, and realized that, of course, I'd actually had a pretty obvious theme going.  In each chapter, the Ninja Librarian, or the narrator (Big Al), is faced with some problem, and has to solve it with a combination of brains and Ninja skills.  That was pretty obvious.  What I hadn't really thought about (the truth comes out about writers--a lot of the time, stuff in books just happens, and we get to think about it later), was that the whole arch of the book has to do with changing the stereotypes that define you. 

I mean, you live in a place called Skunk Corners, a place with a reputation for sending librarians packing because who needs 'em?  So you're nobody and going nowhere.  But along comes someone who says you can be someone, and is prepared to kick you into the middle of next week if you don't do what needs doing.  (Come to think of it, maybe I need that motivator!)  So you do what needs doing, and discover that maybe you're not such a loser. 

Nothing terribly original there.  I'm pretty sure that's the underlying theme of 90% of kids' books. 

But it's nice to know that maybe I wrote a little more than I thought I did.

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