"In do-over novels, like Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver) and If I Stay (Gayle Forman) authors put their protags through Groundhog-Day-like reruns to measure their lives and make sense of their deaths."
~Writing 21st Century Fiction
by: Donald Maass
How is this meant??
Like in: The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green) where the book is written in 3rd pov (I think) and explains up to the point where the character chooses whether or not to die and such??
If so, (or not) does the reader know the character is going to make this decision ahead of time somehow?
I just hope this question makes sense, thanks!!Answer:
First, The Fault in Our Stars
is written in first person, past tense narration.
Second, the main character, Hazel, doesn't choose whether or not to die--that's down to cancer, which she has no control over.
Rather, Hazel wonders what happens to the survivors when someone dies of cancer--whether it's too painful and tragic for them. She then get the chance to experience losing someone close to her to cancer and finds a way to reconcile herself with the tragedy.
So I wouldn't call The Fault in Our Stars
a "do-over" story. Do-over stories are ones where a character experiences a certain fate (such as dying) and then has a chance to go back in time and do things differently, possibly to achieve a different result, or perhaps just learn to reconcile themselves with the tragedy.
Some examples of do-over stories include the classic film It's a Wonderful Life
and the Canadian television series, Being Erica
, which you may watch online at...
... and maybe other places.
(I'm a fan.)
Another variation are stories where someone gets a vision of their fate and then must struggle to prevent it from happening. But they are not real do-overs since the character only experiences the path once.