Okay, so this might be hard to explain but I will try my best…
Since I am a girl whose teenage years were not that long ago, I remember reading the following book:
There were a couple other books in the series (ttfn and l8r, g8r); however, I never did get around to reading them.
The thing that makes these books different than most young-adult novels is the formatting of the story. It’s not your typical chapter/paragraph book. In fact, it’s all in the form of instant messaging. (If you click on the “Click to Look Inside” link on ttyl‘s Amazon page, you can see this format for yourself.)
Anywho, my point: if that kind of format was pretty successful, would a novel that’s formatted and structured like Facebook be successful, too?
Let me explain how I might work:
- Instead of chapters, it would following the similar structure of Ms. Myracle’s works where the “chapter” titles are really the dates and/or times of when a conversation took place.
- Each “chapter” would start off with either a Facebook status, a picture, or a link to article. The rest of the “chapter” would be comments pertaining to that status, picture, or link.
- The “characters”, I think, would have to have some similarity. In other words, all the “commenters” would have to be on the same sports team or be in the same school or work in the same place.
Here’s an example… just off the top of my head. For the sake of this blog’s name, let’s just assume that the characters in this example all play baseball for their high school. **For the simplicity of this example, I will not be using last names.
Alex’s Facebook Status (March 30):
Alex [Last Name]: It looks like I missed a really good conversation. Rumor has it that our athletic trainer is allergic to Collin? Do we even WANT to know the entire story? – Brittany [Last Name] Collin [Last Name]
Brittany and Collin would be “tagged” in this status. The following would be the rest of the chapter/comments in response to Alex’s status:
Brittany: *Digs a gigantic hole and buries herself in fear of lifetime embarrassment*
Derek: All I heard was Coach yelling: “Brittany’s allergic to Alex! Brittany’s allergic to Alex!” I figured that was weird enough so I didn’t investigate further
Brittany: Guys, you do realize that I could be the very 1st person to die of hiccups?
Derek: Guys, you do realize that if that happens you’d become famous and then we would all become famous for knowing you?
Collin: Guys, you do realize that if that happens, I’d go to jail for murder?
Derek: I can imagine it: 92lbs baseball player from ABC High is arrested on charges pertaining to a murder. Reports have it that the team’s athletic trainer (name not released for fear of embarrassment) recently died from hiccuping, and Collin was the source of the cause.
Derek [continued…]: Unfortunately, for the victim, she was allergic to Collin but wasn’t aware of it until their first – and what apparently was their last – encounter. It’s a sad tale, folks. *hiccup*
Ernie: Brittany, are you a organ donor? Maybe they can take your organs and figure out (insert super important medical term) and name a cure for hiccups after you.
Derek: Dude, way to break the mourning process. We’re still fragile and at a loss right now.
Brittany: Actually, it’ll probably be Collin who will invent the cure. He won’t go to jail because he just was so unstable after my death and the jury felt bad. He’ll go to medical school and become a superduper doctor and invent the cure. And, thank you, Derek.
Alex: “…become a superduper doctor and invent the cure…” out of fear. Fear of killing another human soul.
Collin: If that’s the case, ya’ll should be nice to me. I’ll be raking in more money than A-Rod by then.
Ernie: You’ll be raking in the money and A-Rod will be raking the infield for some college or low-a team in the middle of nowhere. Just him and his rake. All by his lonesome self.
Alex: I’d pay big bucks to see that!
Felix: I’d pay big bucks and bet that he’d need to use PEDs in order to get the job done correctly.
Gavin: Wow. I’m late to the party. Going from Brittany being allergic to Collin to A-Rod using PEDs while raking. I love you all!
Hunter: In 1300 years when the new baseball field is finally built, Collin will donate millions of dollars to it and it will be dedicated to him. Collin Field.
Collin: If I’m alive 1300 years from now… well, that’s a scary thought. How many great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (more greats?) grandkids will I have?
P.S. I’m now thinking that the beginning of the book (or each chapter) has to include a short bio of each character. Just a thought.