The Librarian's Revenge ©

The Librarian's Revenge ©

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Notes on The Librarian's Revenge [under construction]

INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 24 Apr, 2009 10:57AM

Note: This is a drafted idea for who and what the protagonist of the librarian's revenge could be. There are also some ideas for timeline and setting. It is up for revision, please comment.

Character portait: The Librarian is so far the character that will provide, in a passive way, the narrative. He is a man, about thirty years old when the story begins. He does not yet have a name and possibly should remain nameless. He or The Librarian might do just fine. Right now his personality is pretty much undeveloped.

It is pretty obvious that he is sketched on something similar to myself, I apologise for that but it just started out that way. I am open to any objections or suggestions for alteration. For example, He could be a She which would obviously change things but I think it is a good thing that He is a He as school librarian's tend to be Shes. I will for now refer to the librarian as a he/she. (On the other hand, there should of course be more people working in the library so there is plenty of room for equally important, protagonist Shes.) As the story picks up speed, he/she will hopefully evolve into something interesting, developing a personality and idiosyncrasies of his/her own.

Setting: As you will have understood the setting is a library and surroundings. At the most the physical movement of the characters should be extended to the city. Many of your stories will be set abroad or even on other planets and in other dimensions so we should keep a low profile when it comes to C.W. Hewett's story.

Timeline: Because this project will function like... eh... a fruit? An onion? Something with layers anyway. A proposal for the external timeline if you follow me - the one including the editors - is this: C.W. Hewett finishes his/her manuscript in 1948 and it is 'posthumously' published in 2084. The dates are chosen because George Orwell published his classic dystopic 1984 in 1948. Tell me what you think. The 'internal timeline' - the one in C.W. Hewett's own text - starting with some undefined present day which should be realistic and similar to our times - i.e. climate change, hardships and wars and trouble. Gloom is good for stories. Perhaps somewhat absurd but believable. As it unfolds, time passes and could make the story function like a historically accurate account of the 21st century. I hope you like this idea.

Also, because of the scope and timeline of the story as it looks now, as it begins he/she is probably between 25-35, otherwise he/she won't last until when he/she finishes the book. Possibly he/she could be a very old man/woman by then and therefore older when the story start.

Perspective: At the moment - barring mistakes - the story is written in the third person perspective and past tense from the prologue onwards. Sometimes it might make sense to have the librarian write a letter or diary entry (or blogpost or similar) in the first person perspective. Since your stories will shift a lot in style and content and genre, it is probably a good idea to keep the librarian's story pretty steady and not too fragmented.

Posted by Martin Oakshaft 30 Apr, 2009 06:27PM

I think the name " (The) Librarian" definitely works

Oook! :)

Posted by Benjamin S. 29 Apr, 2009 12:51PM

leif this sounds great maybe the librarian could have a serious personality but occasionally he will have a laugh

Posted by Leif Ahnland 24 Apr, 2009 06:07PM

Hi Joe, great feedback. For two reasons, first of all because it was contructive, second because you liked the ideas ;). I agree with what you said of the innately male quality of being malicious, something that I would like here. Or at least, as you put it, ambiguous and enigmatic.

By the way, if this is you rambling, be my guest...

The setting should evolve I think, I see it as something that starts out like it now, falls into decay and, by the time the manuscript is found, the world is once again a sunny place only much more healthy from both the environmental and social sides of things. Bring what you wrote, it could very well work a bit further on in the story, when things have gone awry and the Upheaval (or whatever we call it) is going on.

Once again, great comment.

(Alicia, I'll check out your gross fact now...)

Posted by Joe Pearson 24 Apr, 2009 04:10PM

Hey Leif, all sounds great! I especially like the enigmatic Librarian character, and I agree that he/she should just be called The Librarian.

Also, on the subject of Gender, if this character is based off of yourself, then Male seems sensible. Also when you first described the character at the meeting the other way, I kind of got the image in my head of a figure half in shadows, moving in a sweeping through the aisles of books, with a lot of moral ambiguity, and personally I think this image somehow works better with a Male, who are generally easier to portray in a slightly malicious way. I don't think the image of a stereotypical 'bookworm' type librarian would fit here. Other characters could also be cool to work in.

I don't know, I think I'm rambling. =D

I also want to talk to you about the setting a bit. You mentioned the area around the library being like, in ruins? Or at least run down and falling apart, with the library as a sort of sanctuary? I started writing a story which I think I could tie in nicely to this idea, but equally could go a different direction and stand alone. I'll bring it next meeting and see if it would fit. Would be cool to hear what other people thought about it.

*Phew*, Long post.


Posted by Alicia B. 24 Apr, 2009 01:38PM

Yeah, i'm glad to be able to come more often. At the moment i'm having one of those things where i want to write more so it makes it easier when you have others to help get inspiration. Oh and i've added in that horrible little fact to my story haha!

Posted by Leif Ahnland 24 Apr, 2009 12:47PM

Great! Happy to see you more regularly. And good that you like it, it feels like we're heading somewhere nice.

Posted by Alicia B. 24 Apr, 2009 12:21PM

I like the idea it's really interesting, and made even more interesting by the idea of adding more characters. Looking forward to seeing what it turns out like. I can come every thursday now until 4.45