I am so thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons! This is one of my absolute favorite Adult Fantasy series. These books are amazing; they have fantasy, sci-fi, romance, characters from classic literature, mystery, action…they have everything. And they are wonderfully written. What more could a reader ask for?
Check out my review of The Hidden Library HERE. You can also find my review of the first book in this series, The Collectors’ Society HERE.
ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:
Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .
Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.
On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them.
But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.
Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.
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And now, I’m excited to say that I have a guest post for you from the amazingly talented Heather Lyons!
Modernizing classic characters:
How to make classic characters appeal to a modern audience while keeping the core of the classic intact
There’s something inherently terrifying about utilizing a character from classic stories, as there are firm reasons as to why they are considered classic. Whether they are iconic, heroic, and/or villainous, these characters have stuck with readers for generations, and it’s a risk to tinker with them. When I came up with the premise for the Collectors’ Society series, I knew I wanted to use these beloved characters simply because of these reasons. For countless years, readers have embraced their stories and arcs, movie and stage adaptations have been crafted, and fanfiction written. Characters such as these have never faded into the annals of books long forgotten; their stories, even dated as they are, still speak to new generations yet—although in different types of media nowadays. As classic and timeless as they can be, I knew I needed to modernize these characters to reach readers who have never given them a chance in their literary forms. Alice, for example, is known to modern generations more for the Disney movie versions (both cartoon and live action) than her original literary sources. I wanted to take that Alice, the original one, and showcase her to readers. I did a lot of reading of scholarly character analysis on the main characters in the series, projecting what the authors intended their readers to know about their characters and where, logically, they might end up once aged and placed into a setting such as the Collectors’ Society. The Society is, as readers discover, set in modern day New York, and for that I needed to tweak the characters to fit into a setting so very different than the originals and yet still stay true to their cores. Speech was analyzed, histories revisited, and inner character scrutinized until I felt comfortable writing the cast into modern day society. For some, it wasn’t a culture shock (Wendy, for example, came from the modern leg of her Timeline); for others, their induction into the Society were akin to fishes out of water (Alice). For the latter kind, it was fun figuring out their reactions to the present—Alice’s aversions to and suspicions of technology, for example, and her inability to care deeply enough to even get the acronym of GPS right, often made me giggle. And it made readers chuckle, too—but more importantly, I’ve gotten many notes from readers saying how these books have made them want to read the originals. And that is perhaps one of the best compliments I could receive, because it means my modernized versions of beloved characters have led them back to the classic sources.
About Heather Lyons:
Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.
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