Friday, July 7, 2017

Nova Ren Suma: The Power and Possibility of the Unreliable Narrator

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Nova Rem Suma is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the YA novel The Walls Between Us, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award and was named a Best Book of 2015 by The Boston Globe, NPR, School Library Journal, the Chicago Public Library, and The Horn Book.

Nova believes point-of-view is one of the most exciting things you have in your toolbox as a writer.

Nova will focus on first-person and the unreliable narrator.

What is an "unreliable"narrator?

A true first-person narrator is biased, but an unreliable narrator takes this further.

The unreliable narrator...
1. Withholds information
2. Breaks your trust
3. Drives plot

Nova's favorite unreliable narrator is the character Mary Katherine Blackwood in WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson.

There must be a reason an unreliable narrator is withholding the whole truth, and as a writer you must know why.

Books with unreliable narrators.

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