Hello to the interniverse!
Welcome to Literature to Learn By, where 'like' is an endangered term and all novels are in the firing line. Instead of labelling books as simply 'good' or 'bad', we'll look at which characters, story lines and worlds make them effective, evocative or less than enthralling.
However, LTLB is in not a review site: instead, we'll compare texts by their relative themes, plots and characters, and work to find out exactly what makes one more effective (not better) than another. Most importantly, we'll focus on how you can apply these lessons to your own writing.
While this blog will focus predominantly on YA fiction, we'll also be deconstructing various films and TV shows, as unflinchingly as possible. (With one disclaimer: as a child of the Harry Potter generation, it's fairly likely I'll never see past the awesome to deliver a fair critique - so don't expect anything unbiased.)
Here's hoping 2011 has some lessons to teach.