Question 545: Writing For Children

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Robert asks: “Are there hard rules for different age ranges of children’s books? Can they be broken?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope (this was called “The Boxcar Children” in the episode, but that was an error)
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton II
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Koenigsberg
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Goosebumps by RL Stein
On Faerie Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien (essay  in the collection Tree and Leaf)

Questions 544: Genre and Pacing

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Robert asks: “How would you go about subverting the expected pacing of a genre and still make it work?”

Resources Mentioned:
One Shot by Lee Child
Trevayne: A Novel by Robert Ludlum
The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy
Coma by Robin Cook
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
24 Hours by Greg Iles
Code to Zero by Ken Follett
Breaking Bad
Leonard Bernstein: Grammar of Classical Music

Questions 541: More on Autism and the Brain

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Joel says: “Some autistic traits, such as high affective empathy, can characterized as more feminine than masculine. What do you mean by masculine brain?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism and the male brain
Writing Believable Others

Questions 540: Serials in Disguise

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Robert asks: “”How does one manage arcs over the course of an episodic series, without turning it into a serial?”

Resources Mentioned
Brooklyn 99, Fox/NBC tv series
Coupling, BBC series
Bosch, Amazon series based on the Bosch novel series by Michael Connelly
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Decoder Ring Theater
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer, book 1 of The Clarke Lantham Mysteries

Questions 538: Popcorn Fiction

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Robert asks: “What makes popcorn writing worth re-reading?”

Resources Mentioned:
Dragons of Winter Night  a Dragonlance novel by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis
Unwept by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman