This week Kelly and JJ continue their Summer of Archetypes with HEIST NARRATIVES. We’re cheating a bit as Heist Narratives are really more of a plot construction than an ARCHETYPE, per se, but we wanted to talk about movies and stories we love! Also a tangent into the adventure genre of story, a la Indiana Jones, and…a lot of Nic Cage’s filmography.
- The Heist narrative is more of a plot construction than an archetype, necessarily. The difference between a Heist and a Quest in terms of plot is an element of deception or perhaps ignoble motivations. Heists, in other words, are petty.
- The object of the Heist is not necessarily the end goal of the narrative in and of itself, unlike the object of a Quest. The object of the Heist usually represents something other than the end goal, like a MacGuffin.
- Most Heist narrative tend to involve an ensemble cast because each member of the “crew” functions in a different way plot-wise and story-wise. Each member has a specific skill or reason that the heist needs in order to pull it off and/or each member of the crew fulfills some emotional part that forms a whole.
- Payoff is crucial for Heist narratives; the journey matters, but not more than the payoff.
- The difference between an ensemble narrative and a story with a large cast is that in an ensemble, every character has a relationship with each other. The difference between an ensemble narrator and a book with a protagonist and a lot of side characters is that in an ensemble, every character is crucial to the journey of the story.
What We’re Working On
- Kelly is working on client stuff
- JJ is waiting for her editorial letter and drawing a little bit more
Books Discussed/What We’re Reading
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
- The adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
- Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol
- Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Off Menu Recommendations
- The Sixth Sense
- Gone in 60 Seconds
- Oceans’ Eleven
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
- National Treasure
- The Mummy
- The Da Vinci Code
- Indiana Jones
- The Rock
- Matchstick Men
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- The Wicker Man (the original)
- Now You See Me
- The Italian Job
- The Riches
- The Prestige
- The Illusionist
- The Usual Suspects
- Healing green broth!
- La belle et la bête (with Vincent Cassel)
What You’re Asking
Is it helpful for a hopeful author to have a blog? What are agents looking for if they have a blog?
It doesn’t really matter for fiction writers to have a blog. Blog if you like! Or don’t if you don’t! The only thing agents are really looking for in a blog is a professional online presence. A blog does not sell books unless the content is directly related to your book. This is more common for nonfiction writers, like writers of cookbooks or travel essays or even memoir.
That’s all for this week! Next week we’ll continue our Summer of Archetypes, continuing with REVENGE AND REDEMPTIONS! 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!