updog wrote:Atwhatcost, you don't get to tell people how to answer a question, whether you started the thread or not. These forums are for discussions. That's what LMGilbert and the rest of us are doing here. Discussing -- exchanging ideas and offering opinions about writing. There's no reason to get snippy every time a poster gives you an answer you deem inappropriate. She wasn't attacking you or your genre.
A. Isn't that what you're doing now? I see no problem with telling people what they should or shouldn't do, especially as they're telling me so much stuff that has nothing to do with the question. Oh, and just so you understand, I really don't have any problems with you calling me on my reactions. You'll probably be surprised to know, I'm reacting very civil for some of the stuff I'm getting. I cool down before I respond.
I didn't have to cool down to respond to you, because I really do get where you could think I'm over-reacting.
If one book about a certain interesting idea/thing/character is good, then a dozen, or twenty must be better, and hey, why not 58 like the Animorphs! Writers aiming your work at middle-grade readers: stop inundating them with endless middle-of-the-road work just so you can make an easy buck off their parents, and THRILL their little socks off with ONE FRICKING MIND-BLOWING NOVEL!
How is that not
attacking me or my genre?
I'm glad you didn't have to cool down before responding to me, because I'm not trying to offend you.
I do understand why you thought she was attacking you, but because I spend a lot of time on the boards and get to know people's personalities, I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I've never seen LMGilbert attack anyone before, so I have no reason to believe she was trying to offend you, or that she was even speaking directly to you. I assumed she was speaking of the general 'you', not YOU you.
So as long as you're not planning to inundate readers with middle-of-the-road work, and put out series just to try to make more money from a story that should have ended after one book, you're not
one of the people she's upset with.
I actually understand where she's coming from, too. It's getting harder and harder to find standalone novels nowadays, at least for young people, because publishers are trying to cash in on the success of trilogies and series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight. And many times it's obvious the author has no idea where to take the characters after that first book. (I know from experience that series are, in some cases, being pushed
on authors who originally thought of their book as a standalone.) As a mother, I didn't care how many Harry Potter books I had to buy, because they were excellent books and there was a reason the story needed to be told that way. But there are others...
And yes, threads do tend to derail at times. Unless things turn ugly we usually just go with the flow.
I also understand why you're getting frustrated that nobody is answering the original question, but I'm guessing it's because none of us have figured the percentage of our story that falls after the climax. Besides, you already seem to know the answer. Most books only have a chapter after the climax. You've also been encouraged to write your story however you think it needs to be written. If there is a problem with the ending, an agent or editor will work with you on that.
As for telling people what they should or shouldn't do, you can tell them, but you can't make them listen.