Rivalry. Everybody at one point in time has experienced it . And wrote about it in their novels. But what is it really? And how is it used in the novel? Over the next couple of days and weeks I am going to discuss the different types of rivalries used in fiction and also the type I’m using in my novel.
Okay first let’s define rivalries. Rivalries are when two different sides compete against each other. Also where one person tries to be more successful than the other .
There are six types of rivalry:
- Archrival(most commonly used in novels)
- friendly rivalry.
- Sibling rivalry
- Economic rivalry
- romantic rivals(most commonly used in novels . THE LOVE TRIANGLE SCENERIO)
- Sport rivalry
Today I’m going to discuss sibling rivalry .
Sibling Rivalry is where there is some sort of animosity among siblings . This is often due to how the parent may treat the other , birth order , or experiences outside the family. And sometimes sibling rivalry can be pretty intense especially when they are so close in age and the same gender.
Three well known novels that have their stories centered around sibling rivalry is
Little Woman ( the rivalry between Jo and Amy)
Harry Potter( Harry and his cousin have a sibling rivalry dynamic that is clearly seen)
A Song of Ice and Fire( A clear example of a sibling rivalry is Stannis Baratheon and Renly Baratheon where one ends up killing the other)
Writing sibling rivalries scenarios are not really common in novels a lot now a days . I’ve only seen them in TV shows and in movies . But I will be using the sibling Rivalry scenario often in my novel so I want to let you know about who are the characters that are siblings in my novel .
There is :
Adrian & Imani (brother and sister)
Sirena & Mercedes (sisters)
Michael & Martín (brothers. Michael is the father of Sirena . Martin is her uncle. They are not seen in the first novel. However they are mentioned heavily. Especially Michael who is also seen in flashback scenes.)
Okay now that we have that figured out . Let’s focus in on Sirena’s relationship with her sister Mercedes only right now .
Even though my novel is about werewolves there is a lot of sibling rivalry that the main character deals with besides being a werewolf. Yes . Everyday normal things. Like dealing with little sisters.
The sibling rivalry is important to my novel’s story and plays an important role to both Sirena’s and Mercedes character arc.
Mercedes is the type of sister to start trouble and she is very sneaky about it. She will smile in your face and turn right around and do something against you. She is not a character that anybody can trust although it seems.
However my main character Sirena loves her sister but at times is scared of her . She does not know what her sister is going to do next.
In my work in progress novel I only gleam on the subject of Mercedes werewolf transition because she is still young and not of age yet to experience her werewolf powers. But I will be focusing on her transformation in the next novels. But her transformation and the sibling rivalry that is started in this first novel will be important to the overall story and what will happened to the characters and Sirena.
In my first draft I didn’t know whether or not I wanted to have a sibling rivalry dynamic until the very end of the novel . So in this 2nd draft I’m expanding the scenarios between Sirena and her sister.
I had this idea because it will be a play on the relationship of her father and uncle’s characters that will be explored in later novels and short stories.
Ultimately the sibling rivalry between Sirena and Mercedes is fully there and based solely off of jealousy and animosity. Plus Sirena and Mercedes mother Renee sort of pits them against each other.
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