In my podcast 3 I mentioned briefly 2 novels . Anthem and The Giver because they were both post-apocalyptic novels that I enjoyed. But did you know these 2 novels inspired my current draft of my work in progress werewolf novel? You probably didn’t so let me tell you how. they inspired it.
As you know Anthem is a novella written by Ayn Rands in 1937 and it tells the story of a young man who Rand named Equality 7-2521. Yes that’s his name . Weird I know . But this story that Rand writes exist in a future none like you ever saw before, where ironically individuality has been totally illuminated or has It?
Equality 7-2521 must live his days and work under assignment given by what is known as the Council of Vocations who assigns his Life Mandate. However Equality 72521 aspires be a scholar .
The Giver written by Lois Lowery in 1993 tells the story of 12 year old Jonas who lives in a society in a future where unknown to the citizens and Jonas the world has ended before . And they live in what is supposed to be a utopia where there is no sick or old people and no violence . They are each assigned a life’s work . But there is sort of an issue when Jonas is assigned his life work to be the giver who sees all memories from history.
Okay so these are only brief summaries about the two novels .
So there is a question that still remains what does these two novels have to do with my work in progress werewolf novel During the Blue Hour ?
Well a lot. My novel in my own words I consider to be in all purposes a post post apocalyptic novel much like the Giver and Anthem.
But Anthem and the Giver has no stories of werewolves. You might being saying to yourself.
Yes that is true .
Let me go on to explain the similarities further.
In my 2nd draft my main character Sirena like both in Anthem and The Giver novels is forced to work an assignment she doesn’t want to work. In my novel the world in not earth but sort of like a sister planet or a planet that is similar to earth called Neoera. On this planet the world has ended twice before much like in Lowrey’s novel.
People are in the dark about what exist and doesn’t exist . There is also a council called the govern body in my novel who is charge of hiding the existence of all werewolf creatures that exist in the world of the blue hour.
There is limited technology but only remnants remain. So like in my world of the blue hour you might see jeeps , holograms, devices like Alexa but only minimal .
Even though I don’t explain why it’s there entirely . It will eventually piece itself together.
Okay so my novel changed a lot from my 1st draft to my 2nd . The post-apocalyptic theme wasn’t really all there. I had an alternate universe thing going on instead. In the first draft was where it was actually earth but an alternate timeline where France won the Revolution. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette never were tried and put to death. France Over threw great Brittan within Canada and US. And became the ultimate world power all because of the The Beast of Gévaudan .
Trippy. I know . Unfathomable. Nonsense. That would never happened. I know . That’s why I scraped the idea in this second draft. I was trying to make it work and make sense . But atlas it didn’t . And so with my research from before that’s why I changed it into a post post apocalyptic novel . And that idea centrally came from both Anthem and the Giver.
And the difference of course lies on the fact that my novel’s plot doesn’t solely center on the Apocalyptic world itself like much of the Giver and Anthem does. But on the werewolves and what they have to do with the fall of the world ending and why they are on this other planet Neoera instead of earth.
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