“I don’t have a villain in my story–is this okay? How does a person do this?”
Books discussed and recommended:
Earth Abides by George Stewart
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Caroll
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
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Add Jack London to the list, “To Build A Fire” sprang to mind when listening to this. The part that stuck with me years after I last read it was the impersonal and implacable nature of a Yukon Winter in the story.
There was no active malice, merely a slightly inexperienced man figuring he can make a solo from town to his mining camp before nightfall. And due to not being a sufficiently prepared paranoid getting into a situation that lacked a way to survive. The Yukon didn’t care about the unnamed traveler’s death, or his survival. But if one wasn’t prepared for the rigors of her challenges they’d be squished like an ant underfoot.
Which was a theme that showed in London’s works up of the rookie not being quite as swift as he thought and getting burned for it. Such as in The Thousand Dozen, and the gold rushers in The Call of the Wild.