Striking A Chord
A Look at Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games

I approach things from structure, how the skeleton determines the shape of the organism. Only I'm not a biologist. Nor an architect. Rather I'm a writer. So I like to study how the elements of stories and characters work.

Three hugely successful book series caught my attention. I enjoyed all three, to various degrees (honestly Harry Potter is my fave). Each of a totally different genre. One is vampire romance. Another dystopian science fiction. The third, urban fantasy. All three certainly won legions of fans. My interest lies in how similar they were and are.

Not just the fact all three were written by Anglo-Saxon Christian mothers, or that each has at the core three characters (two males, one female) whose lives become intertwined. It proves rather more pervasive than that. And much more interesting...


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