The book that I am currently reading is called “Truly Madly, Famous” by Rebecca Serle. There are not many elements that I can use from this book to help influence the short story that I will be writing in class. This is because they are going to be completely different. “Truly Madly Famously” is a happy story with celebrities in Hollywood. One of the main conflicts would be considered to be man vs. man because it is about a love triangle between two guys and a girl and the guys are fighting over her. There is nothing dark in it. The short story I’m writing, however, is extremely dark. It is about a serial killer who worships the devil and thinks he needs to send bad souls to heaven. He thinks this because his parents died in a car crash when a drunk driver hit them. This is completely different than the book I’m reading which is happy and a nice enjoyable read. However, there are a few things that I can take from Rebecca Serle. One thing that I can imitate is how she reveals character. She mainly reveals character by being very descriptive and not directly coming out and saying it. I want to use the actions that my main character does to reveal what they are truly like. He has the right intentions but is going about it the wrong way. The reader has to decide if he is evil or just had a troubled childhood. His actions later in the story will reveal his true self. I also want to use one of the same types of conflicts as Serle. They type of conflict that I want to be the same is man vs. self. My main character is struggling with his identity and deciding whether he should be good or worship the devil. He has to try and not listen to that little voice in his head telling him to do bad things. In “Truly, Madly, Famously” Paige is deciding who she should pick so it is the same type of conflict. I am getting some inspiration for my short story from the book I am reading.
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