Thursday, August 2, 2012

Conversations in books

As I mentioned recently, I'm revisiting Tamora Pierce's books about Tortall. I'm also thoroughly geeking out over them, even taping maps onto my bedroom door.

Her first book, Song of the Lioness: Alanna is not quite the same as Pierce's later books. But I couldn't explain how. I finally figured it out, at least partially.

Even though there's plenty of action, Pierce spends more time on actual conversations in later books. Of course there's still plenty of description in later books. Especially when it comes to introducing new characters. Her writing evolves through the quartet, and by the start of her next quartet (Immortals) it's what I remember and fell in love with.

It just seems that the more complete conversation adds depth.

6 comments:

Toriz said...

Conversation often helps, especially if well balanced with descriptions and worldbuilding.

Carrie said...

Very true! I also find more typos in earlier books. ;) My husband thinks its weird, but I always like to read books by one author in the order they were published, even if they're not a part of a series, just so I can see the evolution of the author's writing style. I just think it's fun.

Yeah...I'm a dork like that.

Carrie said...

Very true! I also find more typos in earlier books. ;) My husband thinks its weird, but I always like to read books by one author in the order they were published, even if they're not a part of a series, just so I can see the evolution of the author's writing style. I just think it's fun.

Yeah...I'm a dork like that.

Sarita Rucker said...

I've never thought of reading books in order like that, for that reason. Although I do like to compare earlier novels to later novels.

We can be dorks together. :)

Magaly Guerrero said...

Great dialogue makes a huge difference in stories. It says a lot about the characters and about the story's conflicts.

Sarita Rucker said...

It's also a good way to show friendships between characters. It's one thing to say "these two became great friends" and it's another to show them joking and having fun together. Watching how the characters interact, and the friendships, might actually be why I love Pierce so darn much.

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