Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It's Writing Wednesday. Having on earlier posts talked about the basic plot types, now it's time to turn the idea of the traditional writing patterns a little on its ear. Postmodern picture books do that. These are books, generally published in the last couple of decades, in which the expected plot structures may not be there and in which the reader may be challenged in new ways. Look at the library for David Wiesner's The Three Pigs. Even if our own stories take a more traditional story telling route, it's good to understand other ways of making a picture book. Read an article with a discussion of this here. In a related item, an interesting article was published in the New York Times about Spike Jonze and his upcoming movie version of Where the Wild Things Are. His vision for the film seems to have a lot in common with the postmodern approach. It's a longish article, here, but it has many interesting bits and pieces, especially if you like movies, Sendak books, or reading about the creative process. That should cover most of us, I think.