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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Collaborative Books

I've recently read three collaborative works, (books by more than two authors). One was a round-robin, where authors were given the previous plot and characters and added a chapter. One was episodic with a huge cast of characters and though the authors communicated when writing it, it was more like a ensemble television series, I guess. The third one was where the authors collaborated on each scene. That one was the only one that worked AS A STORY to my satisfaction.

The problem with collaborative books is that, of course, each author wants their own character, so melding the characters and story is difficult to keep the characters equal.

The problem with round robin books like Naked Came The Stranger which was the latest mystery one (I believe), is that motivation flip-flops and the lack of consistent growth/motivation bothered me.

The books were interesting to look at voice and technique, and whether that voice came through (yes) but, again, for me, weren't as strong as regular works.

May your motivation be stellar today!


Blogger talia pente said...

Yes, but if you need an example of a collaboration that really works, pick by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. They are amazing.


8:38 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Very true. I know several EXCELLENT duos, but when it gets to be 3 or more it is rocky.

10:18 PM  

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