The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
a German term meaning ‘novel of formation’ or a coming-of-age story.
- Focus on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood.
- Character change is extremely important.
- A sensitive person goes in search of answers to life’s questions.
- An emotional loss makes the protagonist leave on his/her journey.
- The goal of the story is maturity.
- Often, there is conflict between the main character and society.
- Often, the values of society are accepted by the protagonist and s/he is ultimately accepted into society
Some of these will surprise you.
- Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
- The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
- The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara
- Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The World According to Garp by John Irving
- The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
- The Discovery of Slowness by Sten Nadolny
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
More B Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning