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Spoiler alert! Do not read if not finished the novel Trash!
Reading Trash and writing The End: Escape was two different experiences, and I have learnt many things from reading an actual novel, which I could apply to my future novel writing. By knowing the differences of the two writings, and knowing what makes a novel a novel, I can apply the knowledge to my future writing. But then, what makes a novel a novel, and what is similar to my “novel”?
These two novels, one containing more gore than the other, (mine) are set on completely different continents (probably, as the actual location of Trash is undefined) but some things are similar. In the novel Trash, they lived in the only place that they could call home (Apart from the end), a trash dump. They treated it well, because it is their form of survival. In my novel, the characters have to rely on their cars, as it is the only form of protection apart from their guns. The characters from the two books both rely on their “homes” for protection. The main difference in the settings is the fact that in Trash, the setting is mostly in one city, while the setting in my novel is spread halfway across the United States, from New York to Washington DC.
The Grey family from my novel is completely different from the cast of the novel Trash. They Greys are modern day citizens of the United States, with more access to more things than the people in the novel Trash, as the Greys live in a developed country. Raphael and Gardo live in a developing country, hence the trash dump, where everything is scarce.
In general, the novels are equally the same and different, but the plots are completely different. In my novel, the characters have to survive and fight the zombie apocalypse, while in Trash, Raphael and Gardo must figure out what the strange bag that they found in their “home” signifies. The two plots also include the factor of surviving, but on different scales.
In the novel Trash, Andy Mulligan used an interesting form of first person text, which is used in a wide range of novels. There are many narrators, not just one that tell the story. My story is different, as it is told in third person. The novel Trash is more interesting than my novel, as the narrator changes, and so does the style, as no two characters talk the same. Different narrators make the story seem interesting and not boring. Since Mulligan used a wide variety of characters, we get to know more characters. After finishing the novel, you know the basic info of their lives, but mostly relating to the plot.
My novel would be completely different if I wrote it in multiple first person. It would add something that my original novel lacked; Emotion. First person allows the reader to share emotions, and I think it would have been better if I wrote in first person. First person has it’s advantages and disadvantages as well. Detail in action scenes comes out smoother in third person, like a fighting scene, while emotion comes out smoother in first person.
By reading the Novel Trash, I have learnt many extra things that I could use in my writing, which would be one step closer to be a true novel. For instance, Trash includes emotion, while my novel has barely any, apart from the dialogue. I think that next time, I should write in first person.
By reading the novel Trash, I learnt many aspects of writing a good novel. For instance, emotion. Emotion makes a novel far more interesting than a novel with no emotion. After reading Trash, I learnt that emotion is smoothly achieved by first person narrator(s) like in the book Trash. That way, my novel would be better and interesting. This form of learning is the first in ISB’s definition of learning, as I apply my learning from Trash to future writing in my novels to improve my writing.