Blog 5 – Imitation

In the book that I am currently reading called, “Grit” by Gillian French, some concepts that I could incorporate into my own short story is the character development, and some of the conflict. The elements from the story I am reading and would like to incorporate in my own short story is the way the author develops character and some similar conflicts. In the book, the author develops the characters slowly throughout the entire book instead of just introducing them fully in one chapter. This way of character development creates a more mysterious mood throughout the book. This also keeps the story more interesting to get to know new characteristics of the main character through their different activities.I will incorporate this into my own story by slowly revealing the characters instead of telling everything about them in the first chapter. I choose this element to incorporate because I like the author’s style of revealing characters. I think it fits in my story because the character changes and learns about herself through the plot of the story. I also would like to incorporate some of the similar conflicts in my short story as well. In the book, an underlying conflict is the main character going inn between liking two different guys and not really knowing which one she is into more. The main character also doesn’t know if it would ever work out with the guy she longed for the most. My short story has similar concepts so I would like to incorporate some of the elements that my book has. I think I can include similar conflicts in my short story in order to make it more interesting and not like any other high school relationship story. In my short story, I can incorporate some of the different elements form my book that I am currently really like the characterization and some of the conflicts 


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Blog 4 – Setting

In the book, I am currently reading called “Grit”, by Gillian French,  the setting is somewhat influential to the expectation and the understanding of the story. Although the setting has more of an influence on the characters than the actual plot. The story is set in the late summer in rural Maine. The time period of late summer, more specifically late July, contributes to the plot of the story because of conflicts that happen earlier in the summer sets the stage for the rest of this story. Although this conductor is slowly revealed to the reader throughout the earlier chapters of the book. The conflicts consist of stuff that happens between the main character Darce and other supporting characters over the Fourth of July. This setting sets the expectations for the reader and helps the reader understand past events that influence the rest of the plot throughout the rest of the later chapters in the book. The setting also has an influence on the chapters in the novel. Since the setting is in rural Maine, the chapters have a more country style to how they live, the way they act, and the words they say. The main character, Darce, acts a little more country and has a  Tomgirl, country style. The other character like her older sister, Mags, also has a more Tomgirl style because of the setting. For example, she divers a pick up truck and they both work on a blueberry farm. These characteristics would be different if the story was set in a different place. The setting also influences the way the characters acts. Living in a rural area they have a lifestyle where they go out and party every weekend and rink down by the local quarry. Darcy, the main character, takes part in these occasions more often than her older sister Mags. The minor characters in the story are also influenced by the setting. The boys like Shea, Mason, and Jesse all have a country lifestyle and drive pickup trucks. I’m a novel seething is very important and can have a big influence on the characters and plot of the story. In the case of the story, I am reading the setting has somewhat of a bigger influence on the characters than it does the actual plot.

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Humor Analysis on “Grit”

The book I’m reading called “Grit” by Gillian French contains almost no humor. The book is a mystery about a girl, Rhiannon, who has gone missing and no one really knows what happened except for the main character Darce who used to be best friends with the missing girl. The two stopped being friends for the reason that was not yet revealed in the book adding to the mysterious and not at humorous tone. The book does contain a few sarcastic jokes or more mature jokes that some people could find funny. For example one of the sarcastic jokes in a book comes when Darce is trying to write her short biography for the pageant but she has no idea what to write so she asked Nell, her cousin also in the pageant, to help her with ideas. Nell explains that it’s Darce and what’s Darcy’s life is like. Then Darcy goes on to say, “How can I write a biography if I don’t have a life.” I thought this was one of the only funny things said in the book so far. As I read further through the book I wasn’t really expecting to see anything relatively funny but the author decided to include a dirty joke in with Darce and Shea conversation while at work in the blueberry fields. This joke needs context or else I won’t make any sense to what it is somewhat funny. Earlier in the chapter, it was revealed that Shea and Darce hooked up on the Fourth of July at a party down by the quarry and haven’t really seen each other since except for at work but they haven’t talked because Darce kinda regrets what happened. Anyway Darce was at working taking blueberries and she could she Shea working in the field a few rows away and she was trying to match his pace by raking faster and faster. She noticed how fast  Shea was at raking the blueberries and he wasn’t being very clean about it because there were sticks and leaves flying everywhere. Darcy asked if he was cleaning the bushes which Shea replies with sarcastic by asking Darce if she was quality control. Then comes the kinda funny part. Darcy says “You’re fast, that’s all.” Which in return Shea says “Didn’t think you liked it any other way.” Darcy ignored what Shea said and played it off like he said nothing. So far those were the only two things I thought were relatively funny in this book. And I don’t believe any more humor could be added into this book except for a few sarcastic jokes throughout just because the tone was made to be mysterious not funny.  

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“Grit” Characterization

In the book “Grit” by Gillian French, the main character is Darcey. The author reveals her character mainly through her actions and what other people say about her since the book is written from her point of view. Through the first couple of chapters, the author reveals that Darcey is more of a somewhat rebellious, crazy, tomboy who does what she wants. This is revealed through her actions and what she says. Darcey proves to be somewhat of a tomboy when she gets nominated for being part of a pageant for a festival in town and wants nothing to do with it. She also shows her tomboy side through the way she dresses,  one of her outfits being described as a pair of holey jeans, a halter top and a pair of wedge flip flops. Darcey is also revealed as a tomboy by what she says by curse words being very prevalent in her vocabulary. The author reveals Darcey’s character of being rebellious mainly through her action. Darcey shows her rebellious character by going to a lot of parties that involve drinking and drugs and wakes up some mornings not really remember what happened. Her crazy side is revealed when after work one day her, Mags, and Nell all go down to the quarry to swim and instead of just swimming in her clothes she stipes down and jumps in naked. Darcey is also kinda irresponsible since she spends her weekends partying she does not focus that much on school. Darcey is also revealed to be kinda “trashy-girl” in town how gets a lot of attention from the guys. The author also revealed Darcey’s character to be somewhat secretive by repeatedly mentioning events that happened in the past but not going into full detail about what occurred. Darcey is definitely a charter that the author created to make the story more interesting and her personality directly affects the storyline since it is written from her point of view. My reaction to the main character, Darcey, is that she is very much an interesting character who does her own thing and does not really care what other people think or what the consequences might be.


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The book I am currently ready is entitled “Grit” by Gillian French. In the book, “Grit”, it is the end of summer in Maine and the main character Darcy is introduced. When Darcy not working her summer job of raking blueberries, she gets herself into situations like drinking and partying that cause her to have a  bad reputation. All the fun has distracted Darcy from some of the dark secrets she keeps that deals with a fourth of July party and the disappearance of her ex-best friend. When it goes to Darcy there is a stigma of her being a trashy girl so when she gets nominated for the Bay festival princess she thinks someone is just playing a cruel joke or someone has a score to settle. Everything Darcy has been trying to keep secret seems to be coming to the surface. 

Some of the characters introduced in the beginning chapters. The main character is Darcy Prentiss and she has a reputation in town for being “trashy”  along with her family has been dysfunctional ever since her dad died. Mags Prentiss is Darcy’s older sister who seems to be somewhat opposite from Darcy. The mother of Darcy and Mags is Sarah Prentiss, she started smoking ever since her husband passed away. Nells is Darcy and Mags cousin she seems to be younger than Darcy and innocent, Darcy also mentions that Nells is very pretty. Libby is Nell’s mother, Darcy and Mags’ aunt. Libby seems to be very nosey and controlling. A couple of boys also get introduced in the beginning chapters including, Jesse Bouchard, Mason Howe, and Shea Gaines. In the book, it is implied that there is some history between Shea and Darcy.

My initial thoughts about the main character in this book are that she definitely likes to have fun by partying and drinking with her friends all the time but there is a bad reputation that comes with is and there is more to her than what people see. 

I chose this book because it was a mystery book with an interesting plot and a girl main character.


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