I was going to post this on my blog but I thought it would be fitting here at the brigade to introduce myself.
Hi folks! I'm Rae Lori. I'm a multi-genre author, artist, sci-fi/fantasy lover and all around dreamer.
I'm also a repeat reader. If I find a book or movie I like, I want to experience it over and over again. That's why my Aliens dvd is just about worn off and why HBO may be sending me fruit baskets with the amount of times I've watched Taken in the past few weeks. ;-)
Books are no different, especially if it's an adventure/SF/F type.
Last night, I was thinking about the movie Knowing. Remember that one from a year or so back? The post apocalyptic Cage/Proyas feature had an intriguing premise and since this was from the director of Dark City, I just had to check it out. I enjoyed it the first time. Was still clinging to my seat a second time. Thinking about recently, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go in for a third time.
This was a movie with a 'gotcha' story.
The main events occur to the main characters never giving up too much information at once, but offering it little by little until the final climax of the film when it all comes together. Now, granted, sometimes the 'gotcha' works. Sometimes, as in the case of thrillers and mysteries, the 'gotcha' makes you want to go back to see how everything fits together. But beyond that I need something more to keep me pinned to the story and clamoring to come back. I need great characters and meaty development (not to mention some awesome worldbuilding).
The gotcha is great for a hook. After all, as a reader I love to be grabbed right off the bat and I want to grab the reader as soon as possible in the story to keep them riveted for the next hundred or so pages. But I also want that re-readability factor where once that book is closed, the characters are still strong enough to stay in the reader's imaginations. Hopefully strong enough for a re-read or two. ;-)
So give me more than the 'gotcha' by the end of the book. Give me an unforgettable journey in characterizations, imaginative worlds and a place where I can lose myself for a few hours. By the end, I'll be jumping out of my seat and eager to flip right back to page one!
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