Emily Wilson @EmilyRCWilsonWhy and how is translation so hard? Here's a little non-comparative case study to help make the process more visible. 9 words from the very start of the Odyssey, lines 1-2: ὃς μάλα πολλὰ / πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν. Syntactically easy.
This is like porn to me. Someone, PLEASE write me a novel centered on a translator. #MSWL
Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan#MSWL!
I’m imagining one of these exorcists getting caught up in some epic political struggle, and the others admonishing, “Don’t be such a drama queen! Our family sticks to lesser demons and dead commoners for a reason! Stop meddling with dead emperors!” twitter.com/philipjboyes/s…
I don't shy away from "issues" in any book, but I'm not interested in plots that are driven entirely by the 'message" that the author is trying to convey. If your plot is determined by the lesson instead of by being a great story unto itself, that really shows. #agentry #MSWL
#MSWL I would REALLY love a well-crafted historical/art mystery for MG (something in the vein of Legends of the Hidden Temple/National Treasure) OR adult audiences (think thorough research, clever hooks). I want the audience to solve along.
Alyssa Jennette @AlyssaJennette(TBH I probably won't want your memoir at all unless it's about reconciling faith+real life, archaeology/art conservation, or being a spy.)
This is still true, both the negatives and the positives. #MSWL
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanWhere were the parents of these teen heroines who said
“focus on your college applications”
“no dating until you’re eighteen”
“what’s his GPA?”
“how about this nice boy whose parents we’ve known for decades?”
This! Please, this! #MSWL
Alyssa Jennette @AlyssaJennetteBasically, the point is that found families are amazing, especially those created out of desperation/necessity. Adding bloodlust/different philosophies and moralities about murder and God to that is really compelling! Vampires are cool! Struggling with humanity is universal!
Anyway, Twilight presented a lot of really awesome concepts/characters that I wish we had spent more time with/centered the plot on. Maybe you can be inspired to use that prompt and explore where Meyer chose not to. #MSWL
Hanna Masaryk @ThePiebrarianKeeping up with the Kardashians is basically just a modern AU of Pride and Prejudice. Like, Kris just wants the girls to be provided for. Kim is Lizzie, Kanye is Darcy, and the spin-off is Revenge Body with Mary Bennet.