Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Writer's View: Eona by Alison Goodman


From Goodreds: Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon's army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona's power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled "Emperor" Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power - and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .

Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic only Alison Goodman could create

The Writer's View

Have you guys ever read a book or seen a movie that you *know* was great -- but you just didn't like it? I saw Old Country For Old Men when it came out in theatres and I didn't like it at all. Clearly I was a minority, since it won an Academy Award for Best Picture that year. Even though I didn't care for the movie, I could see why it appealed to people and why it won an Oscar -- it was "good," even though it wasn't for me.

Reading Eona was a lot like seeing Old Country For Old Men. I can see why people love this book. The writing is excellent. The worldbuilding and magic is so creative and unique. But I didn't enjoy the story all that much.

Why? Goodman does such an excellent job of getting into the nitty gritty of people, of exposing the inner light and darkness of everyone. For me, the "good" guys had a little too much dark in them, to the point that everyone is lying to each other and keeping secrets from one another for their own personal gain. Even characters who are friends and/or love interestes. There is just so much deceipt and manipulation. Seriously, I just wanted to throw flowers at all the characters and get them all together for a big group hug. Can't we all just get along a love each other? Please? But that wouldn't be realistic, and hats off to Goodman for creating realistic, gritty characters and situations. Shame on me for being too much of a hippie.


I think readers who like dark characters will enjoy this.

Positioning a novel for the target audience

This book contained THE MOST TWISTED love triangle I have ever seen. In the left corner pocket: Lord Ido, mass murder and rapist. In the right corner pocket: Prince Kygo, who must always put power and his throne above his feelings for any woman. And, as emperor, he must have a harem.

So -- mass murder and rapist, or harem member? I found myself just wanting to say RUN, EONA! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! GO MARRY SOME DIRT POOR FARMER INSTEAD! Maybe I am just an old jaded woman, but I could not find myself investing in either of these love interests. They presented siuations I would never want to be in. I don't care how hot you are, I am not joining your harem. And who wants to get it on with a murder and rapist?

This brings me to my point - positioning a novel for the target audience. I wrote a post about YA vs Adult, which was inspired by this book. I honestly believe this should have been positioned for an adult market, rather than YA. The  #1 reason being this love triangle. I'm just not sure how many teen readers will connect with it.

What do you guys think?

9 comments:

  1. I find a lot of YA fantasy should really be adult. I still will read this one but thanks for the warning. I'll get my flowers ready to throw. ;)

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    1. @ Jenny - I totally think it's worth reading. The worldbuilding is incredible and so creative.

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  2. Interesting review. I've been eyeing this series for awhile, but I'm not much one fantasy. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much.

    Thanks for stopping by
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

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    1. @ Felicia - this is definitely classic high fantasy. If that's not your fav genre, I don't know if you'll like this one or not. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Ohhhh, I would not like those live interests at all. I'm sorry you didn't connect w/the story.

    Btw, I felt exactly the same about No Country For Old Men.

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    1. @ Andrea - I can't tell you how happy it makes me to find another person who did not like Old Country for Old Men!!

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  4. The angry non young adult in me would probably really enjoy this book because it seems a little extreme. But I would have the same issues as you do with the choice in love interests. I don't know how readers are supposed to admire a heroine whose love choices are a rapist if a polygimist...I'll probably still read this one just to see what it's like, but I get the feeling I will have complaint later. I'm preparing you now!

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    1. @ Lan - I was thinking of you as I read this book because there is certainly no YA fluff in this book. :) Can't wait to hear what you think of it. The Asian setting and Asian magic kicks butt. :)

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  5. I gotta say that did enjoy this book. Because it had a some asian influence i was really drawn into because as an avid lover of YA books sometimes it's frustrating to read a book that has nothing but European myths and solely Caucasian characters. Yea the love in the story was kind of twisted but perhaps i just really like fantasy so i didn't hold that against the book.I'm sorry it wasn't for you XD

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