This week JJ and Kelly discuss Robin Hood-type narratives, or The Oppressed vs. the Oppressor. As per usual, it is tangent heavy on other things we like (plus JJ is loopy from Too Much People-ing), like the Trickster archetype. Also JJ reveals her unfounded bias against Dan Stevens.
- Robin Hood narratives are essentially stories of people overthrowing an unjust system.
- A Chosen One narrative vs. a Robin Hood narrative often comes down to change vs. protecting.
- A Chosen One is often trying to save the world, whereas an Oppressed person usually tries to change the system.
- In Oppressed vs. Oppressed narratives, the Oppressed and the Oppressed are often symbolic or representative of systems
What We’re Working On
- JJ is expecting her edit letter for book 2 any day now and waiting to announce Secret Project news
- Kelly is on submission with client manuscripts and also working on her synopsis for her Loft Literary class
Books Discussed/What We’re Reading
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- The Thief Lord by Cornelia Fünke
- The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett
- The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov
- The Norby books by Janet and Isaac Asimov
- Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
- The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
- Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
Off Menu Recommendations
What You’re Asking
What happens to my punishing (publishing?) dreams when I move to Australia?
Nothing really. You can query an agent from anywhere in the world! We would say, however, that you should query an agent in the primary market in which you want to sell.
That’s all for this week! Next week we’ll continue our Summer of Archetypes, continuing with the Heist narrative! As always if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below, send us an ask on Tumblr, or tweet using the hashtag #askpubcrawl!