Controversial Song of the Day: “Liar” by Henry Rollins Band
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
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Unreliable narrators are a rare commodity in novels. Mostly because it’s so hard to get this kind of character right. The writer must create a character that readers will empathize with, even when they are aware that the narrator is not completely honest with them.
Although some don’t enjoy reading novels where the MC is lying to them throughout the entire story, these people DO exist. So, why can’t we write about them? Working in education, we come across teenagers who are compulsive liars. Some of them going as far as telling stories that could harm another person’s reputation. Notice, we said we come across teenagers–not just ONE! Since these people are real, it is only fair that they are represented in novels.
Here are a few books where they are:
* Liar by Justine Larbalestier
* The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
* Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
*The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Do you get mad when you read a novel with a narrator who fibs a lot? Does your own novel have an unreliable narrator–in a sense, are ALL narrators unreliable?