- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Abrams Books; Auflage: 01 (1. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1419704427
- ISBN-13: 978-1419704420
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 2,9 x 25,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 9.139 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2013
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Jeff VanderMeer is the author of more than 20 books and a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His books have made the year s-best lists of "Publishers Weekly," "LA Weekly," the "Washington Post," Amazon, the "San Francisco Chronicle," and many more. He is the cofounder and codirector of Shared Worlds, a unique writing camp for teenagers, and has taught at Clarion, the world s premiere fantasy/sci-fi workshop for adults. VanderMeer is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
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if the number of PostIt notes one writes as the result of inspiration from a book is a valuable to metric to anyone, I think this book has more PostIt's per page than anything I've ever read. I stopped putting them in the book because it was a distraction of its own.
If there is any complaint I would lodge, it is that the glossy pages reflect a lot of light if one is sitting at a desk to read the book. Maybe I need a different desk lamp, so the problem isn't the book. But I'm spending several hours a day, moving at a glacial pace because I get so many ideas. If you think you are an idea person, and you want to write fiction, then get this book to help you organize your ideas. If you don't think you are an idea person, get this book and see if it doesn't help you unlock the part of you that your peers made you hide under a mattress when you were young.
Don't be fooled by the whimsical cover; much like attempting to describe with gorgeous precision the inner workings of a fantastic setting for a novel, what is going on on the inside is much deeper and more complex than you might think.
I've read a lot of books on writing at this point in my life, but most of them haven't addressed the questions that linger with me while I'm sitting down to write. So many choices that a writer can make seem to 'depend' on one thing or another that it's difficult to set out examples with hard and fast rules (or, if it isn't, a thousand other books already exist which contain those few inviolate rules, and therefore those aren't the questions that stick with me). It's a difficult beast to wrangle, especially in useful specifics. On top of that, I think that many of the processes involved in describing those choices or the results of those choices from a reader's perspective are abstract, more a question of what is sensed than something easily articulated.
Wonderbook comes the closest of any instructive book I own to digging down into the nitty-gritty of those many abstract questions. It exhaustively discusses the particulars of a written work's moving parts, and does this from many different angles whenever possible. If a novel is a deck of cards, Wonderbook seems to spread the deck all around the floor into the thinnest layer, so that you can see everything clearly, shuffling things around to have a look at the particulars in as much detail as you'd like.
For me, the 'wonder' is that doing this so acutely and with such precision did not make the book any less a joy to read. It is stunningly gorgeous to look at, but the art is not superfluous to the learning. It's often very funny. Jeff VanderMeer is a master at espressing clearly the nebulous feelings and impulses that come along with both reading and writing stories, and thoroughly examining their place and scope, and relation to everything else.
tl;dr: Wonderbook is a comprehensive, intuitive look at the craft of writing. It's gorgeous to look at. (I don't actually watch Dr. Who (please don't kill me), but that catchphrase about the Tardis does come to mind. "It's bigger on the inside." So I think it goes with Wonderbook.)
Everytime I open it, I find something I didn't see the first time. You willnot regret taking a chance on this.
I've taught creative writing for 20+ years, and have books published in another genre. But I am new to writing speculative fiction, and am a bit stuck on a novel I'm working on, so I hoped to be "jump-started" by this book, or at least get some help on plotting and what to do when you get stuck in the middle. This book, unfortunately, did not help me with that. In fact, my only real criticism of the book (leaving aside for a moment that this was simply not aimed at someone like me, which is really more my mistake than the author's) was the section I most looked forward to, Middles, was virtually nonexistent. As in there was a cool image, but then it seemed to be over. A page or two which seemed more about endings but did relate to middles too, and then, nothing. I actually went back several times to see if I had missed something, but I did not. This is probably my most serious criticism of the book--what happened to the "middle" section, the section I suspect most new novelists struggle with?
If you're an experienced writer or have had good basic creative writing classes, a lot of the information in this book is going to be old hat for you. It explains scenes and exposition, use of dialogue, what constitutes a good opening, etc. There is some information on plotting which was too basic for me, but was well done. In fact, all the information on scene, exposition, etc. was succinct and well done, so I applaud the author for his ability to write about the basics of craft and to do it well and also, to apply it to speculative fiction, because he's absolutely correct--there are few basic books that go over this but use examples from speculative fiction. In other words, the basic information in this book is very strong and engagingly presented, and I was delighted to see all the concerns I have as a teacher covered in this book. If I ever get to teach a class in writing speculative fiction--which I'd love to do someday!--then I would use this book in heartbeat. It really is quite good in that way.
It's also a beautiful book. I sat down with it last night and basically went through it straight through, not reading everything, but most of it. I enjoyed reading it--which can't always be said of regular guides to creative writing. The images are lovely, and while I didn't actually think having visuals of some of the information in the text was necessary, it certainly was enjoyable, and perhaps more visual learners would find some of the diagrams very useful for them. (By then I was reading as teacher, not writer, because it was clear the book would be of more use to me using that lens). I also loved the brief interviews with a variety of writers, and I got a bunch of new names of writers to read, which is always a plus for me. I also really liked that Vandermeer used part of his own novel, Finch (which I must read!), as an example. I find it very useful to have writers talk about the choices they made, and why, and he dissected his own work very well. This was also a part that was useful for me as a writer (rather than a teacher) and some of the discussion on revision did, I think, work well for more advanced writers. Some readers may think the book is worth it just for the parts written by George R.R. Martin and Ursula Le Guin, and I did very much enjoy those parts!
I see that the book is aimed at beginners/intermediate writers. I'd say it's more for beginners, but there are gems to be found for more advanced writers as well. It also would be an excellent book for teaching creative writing, and it is so beautiful a book, so that anyone who collects guides to writing or who loves speculative fiction might find it an enjoyable book to have, even if you are not a beginning writer.
If, however, you already know the basics of fiction, and are looking for more of a "how-to" aimed at more advanced writers, this probably is not going to be the book for you. However, I applaud the author for doing something so different, and so beautiful, and I think a lot of people will really enjoy this book!