Two Realist Novellas
I'm planning out two novellas right now, Birds of Paradise and its sequel, A Tribute to Hide and Seek. They're going to be narrated from the first person perspective of a seventeen year old named Wilfred.
Wilfred is the son of wealthy Chinese immigrants, and lives among other wealthy Chinese immigrants in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale. A senior in high school, he and his friends idle their days away in cafes, karaoke bars, and at parties. They are bored, entitled, and self absorbed, possessing none of their parents' and grandparents' intelligence and drive.
Birds of Paradise will focus on Wilfred and his defacto girlfriend, Annie. They have a fairly complicated relationship defined by sincerity, emotional interdependence, and vague sort of hatred toward one another. They both feel constrained by their relationship, but have grown too comfortable with the arrangement to separate. Over the course of the novella, Wilfred will become disillusioned with Annie, culminating in his getting drunk and threatening to kill her. The novella will end with Wilfred trying to call Annie to apologize, but receiving no answer.
A Tribute to Hide and Seek will focus on Wilfred's social life. It basically follows him and his friends as they attend parties, do drugs, and engage in acts of violence. All throughout this novella, Wilfred will try and get in contact with Annie, but will always fail.
The novellas will be written in a pretty bare style. Sights, sounds, smells, textures, people, metaphysical states, and feelings will be described. Imagery will be elegant, surreal, and grounded.
In Wilfred's mind, thoughts are a form of external stimuli, entering the sphere of perception for a single moment before departing forever. Therefore, Wilfred's thoughts will almost always be treated as fleeting events to be distilled into concrete terms, rather than starting points for further reflection. Even within himself, Wilfred is an observer rather than a participant.
There will be lots of dialogue, most of it meaningless.
Characters will be vulnerable and bare, without lustre. They aren't particularly smart, so don't expect any epiphanies. They will be ignored, misheard, and misunderstood. They aren't romantics, or idealists. They're arrogant, self absorbed, and cruel.
The novellas will be paced pretty slowly, since Wilfred's a pretty depressing/passive guy/dude/bro/nigga/human being. But it's still driven, still has a sense of machinery moving it forward efficiently. They will have many poignant scenes where the absurdity/cruelty/indifference of the characters will become apparent.
Themes include social class, immigration, identity, escape, sex, materialism, violence--all that fun stuff.
Does this sound interesting? Suggestions?
Last edited by moops; 04-30-2013 at 05:48 PM..