It’s a Wrap! Plot and Story arc – Best & Worst of 2017

What is happening in this book???

Hello my dearest beasts!

Welcome to my seventh “It’s a Wrap! Best & Worst of 2017” Post!

So I chose and book because of it theme/premise, topic of interestcategory, age group and genre, and I started reading it.  And, oh it’s a miracle! After the first 50 pages, this Professional DNFer is still reading it because she is captivated by the writing style and voice! So, why does she DNF so many books?

What’s the deal D????

When I was drafting this post it took me a while to decide whether it was going the plot or the characters, especially because in 2017 I was ALL about character driven books!

BUT

2017, is just ONE year of my #bookworm life!

Before 2017 I was, and I’m pretty sure I will continue to be, a plot reader! So the deal breaker is either the plot or the story arc…

story arc (also narrative arc) is an extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as televisioncomic bookscomic stripsboardgamesvideo games, and films with each episode following a dramatic arc. On a television program, for example, the story would unfold over many episodes. In television, the use of the story arc is much more common in comedies, especially in soap operas. In a traditional Hollywood film, the story arc usually follows a three-act format.[2] Webcomics are more likely to use story arcs than newspaper comics, as most web comics have readable archives online that a newcomer to the strip can read in order to understand what is going on. Although story arcs have existed for decades, the term “story arc” was coined in 1988 in relation to the television series Wiseguy,[3] and was quickly adapted for other uses. [source]

 

Plot is a literary term used to describe the events that make up a story, or the main part of a story. These events relate to each other in a pattern or a sequence. The structure of a novel depends on the organization of events in the plot of the story.

Plot is known as the foundation of a novel or story, around which the characters and settings are built. It is meant to organize information and events in a logical manner. When writing the plot of a piece of literature, the author has to be careful that it does not dominate the other parts of the story. [source]

I absolutely love reading, BUT I’m often too exhausted to read and this is what is in my mind when I’m reading late at night:

Should I keep reading?

Should I go to sleep?

Do I care about what is happening?

If I stay awake it’s always because of the story!

It’s all about the plot baby!

What is happening in this book???

So, today I wanted to share with you those incredible story arcs and plots that kept me reading late at night in 2017…

BEST

This book should also be on a list of best opening lines! I was like…

HELLOOOOO. Pffffffff say NO MORE. I’m yours! I’m ALL yours! You have me! I’m drooling at page 1!

No, no page one, sentence one people!

Hell Divers – Five huge “HELL YEAH” stars

Ok, in this one should be on the characters list too BUT.. The story! She dies, and gets to relive her last day over and over and each time something changes and there is SO MUCH TENSION!

Before I fall – 4.6 shaking stars

If there is a story rich and layered and complex and utterly enthralling it has to be this one..

The House of The Spirits

 

WORST

This is the worst ploticide I have ever read!

Every Heart a Doorway – 2.8 “PLOTOCIDE, FLATINED” stars

This book was SO incredible formulaic and  predictable!

Six Months – 2.8 formulaic stars

And one of those weird examples, there was no plot whatsoever here BUT I still liked this book A LOT!

Never, Never 4.4 clueless stars

What about you? What are the best and worst story arcs and plots you read this year?

TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!

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