Blog 5

Elements are a very important part of a story. They help the story come together and make it easier for the reader to understand what is going on and with who. In my opinion, mood is one of the bigger elements to a story because that sets the tone and it portrays the characters actions. If the mood is happy something good is happening. If the mood is suspenseful, most likely something bad is going to happen. Mood leads up to actions in the story and make you feel like you are there. In my book “Wildfire” the mood is very dark. I have yet to have a truly happy scene. There have been deaths and fights. In my short story I plan to use mood to give a glimpse into the setting and the people around my main character. I plan for it to be a very upbeat and happy place so my mood will be happy or carefree. Im setting my short story in the 1960s and when I picture that era I see diners, colorful outfits, and lots of people gathered around each other. Another important element is characterization. “Wildfire does an okay job introducing characters but the author does not give much detail. I plan to give the most detail I can, without getting overboard, on my characters. I want the reader to have a good understanding of the kind of people that are in my story. A story would not be a story without the elements to make it up.

setting

Setting is a very important part of a story and gives the reader a lot of information. In my story, “Wildfire” by Karsten Knight, the setting is in a small town. The setting gives you information on the kind of people that are around and their personalities. The families are nice but the teenagers are horrible to each other. From cheating on each other and beating each other up. They are even vandalizing each others houses. That vandalism not only effects their enemies, it also effects their families. That shows how shallow these kids are and how much they truly care about others. Lizzie Jacobs has proved to be a true tyrant and is encouraging or blackmailing her friends into helping her complete her dirty deeds. She will not be seen as a good person because of these acts. In the second part of the book, Ash is at a boarding school located in north California. When the part first opens we are introduced to Bobby who we learn is Ash’s boyfriend. He seems to feel very entitled and believes Ash should see herself as entitled as well. He goes on to say about how she could have easily flew under the radar but instead chose to become captain of the soccer team. He even becomes shallow enough to bring up the reason she is at the boarding school, her sister. She left to escape her and all the issues she has caused her.

Blog 2: Characterization

There are two main characters in my book “Wildfire” by Karsten Knight. Ash and her sister Eve are very similar but also have some differences. One being that Ash is a little more compassionate than her older sister Eve. When they are first introduced in the story they are in the middle of a bad situation. Ash was introduced first and was starting a physical altercation with two other people. Eve later pulls into the school parking lot on her motorcycle and faces a cold welcome from her sister and her previous principle. Eve is more of a wild child than Ash and she definitely has more of a temper. She assaulted a girl with her motorcycle helmet and would have had the cops called on her if she did not drive away first. Eve left her sister and family behind 3 months prior. They believed she was missing and did not know where she went or what she was doing. In Ash’s opinion 3 months was not long enough. The story even said “But three months wasn’t nearly long enough for ash Ash to forget that when Eve got involved, things never failed to get out of hand”. That statement shows how Ash feels about her sister. They do not get along very well. It also shows a glimpse into Eves personality from another perspective. She got expelled from Ash’s school for causing fights and saying vulgar references. Ash is very similar it you looked at her temper she showed at the beginning but she is also compassionate. Eve tried to talk her into leaving with her and getting out of that town but Ash knew that was not a good idea. Especially when she has a family at home waiting for her. Eve could not have cared less about her family. She would not even go home to see them and let them know she is doing fine. When Eve drove away Ash went over to Lizzie, the girl Eve assaulted, and helped make sure she was okay. She did not need to do that but she felt like it was the responsible thing to do. Characterization is a big part of every story and without it the story would not even exist.

“Wildfire” by Karsten Knight

I am reading the book “Wildfire” by Karsten Knight. This book is about a girl named Ashline Wilde and all the troubles she faces as she goes through life. From her old school that was causing her problems to her new school where she discovers a group of gods and goddesses that have been summoned. I chose this book because it is something different from what I normally read and I thought it would be good for me to try something new. The only way to get better is to expand your horizons and try new things.

The book starts out in the parking lot of Ashline Wildes high school where she is confronting a girl who her boyfriend cheated on her with. It is a very dramatic scene and eventually her boyfriend shows up to try to calm down the situation. It does not end well for anyone. Ashlines ex-boyfriend and co-respondent get the bad side of Ashlines temper and Ashline gets in trouble with the vice-principle. Along with getting in trouble with the school administrator, Ashlines estranged sister Eve comes back to stir-up trouble.

First impressions of the main character Ashline is that she is very short tempered and seems to let her emotions get the best of her. Most people do not resort to fighting in the situation she was dealing with. Many would talk it out but not Ashline. I have yet to learn what her home life is like but it sounds like it could be stressful and maybe that is why she acts how she does. She is the only Polynesian girl in her school. The co-respondent, Lizzie, made a comment saying “You’re just some crazy bush child that your parents came home from vacation with”. That statement led me to believe that Ashline was adopted and is not her parent biological child. Later in the chapter I was able to confirm that statement when the author wrote “…Lizzie hadn’t even finished her verbal portrait of Ashline’s birth parents when, in a blur, the Polynesian girl’s hands wrapped around Lizzie’s skull and threw her across the circle”. That statement shows how aggressive Ashline can be and portrays the idea that she was in fact adopted. Adoption can lead to emotional effects on ones well being and could very well be the case for Ashline.