Inventing Elliot Book Report

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A: Yes, and it was strange because I never thought of that.The first question I was asked was: “So, do you want to talk more about parallels with your book and Nazi Germany?

A: Yes, and it was strange because I never thought of that.The first question I was asked was: “So, do you want to talk more about parallels with your book and Nazi Germany?

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This causes Elliot to have a terrible dilemma; if he becomes a guardian he is safe, but at what cost? Q: If you were to give the novel a genre what would it be?

A: That’s really difficult as when I was writing it I had no audience in mind, only the story, and then afterwards I realised it was going to be most appealing to the teenage audience – so the same age as the main character, and this is a genre in itself.

I would then cut it up and cut and paste scenes together until the book was there.

The most challenging part of writing the book for me is getting inside the mindset of the characters so you want to be able to feel what you want the character to feel but retain enough objectivity that you can portray that from the outside and still communicate with the potential audience and for me that is extremely hard. I had a long hiatus after writing Inventing Elliot.

I got this opening moment down on paper as quick as I could and spent another year actually writing the book. The idea is too much for Elliot that he is going to go to a new school and this is going to happen all other again so he decides to be cool and hard and it works but it works too well.

However, unknown to Elliot this school is ruled by a secret society ruled by a boy called Richard and he believes Elliot has qualities that will make Elliot a “guardian” (one of them).

When I left school I didn’t go to university initially because I decided I didn’t want to go back into that world so I went into sales at WHSmiths.

I was very good at it because I invented a personality for myself and put on a mask like Elliot.

But what inspired me is that I wanted a different kind of hero, perhaps an anti hero, but equally that book was a landmark in young adult fiction because it dared to show the world as it actually is.

It may show the world in a depressing light but I believe it is astonishingly truthful.

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