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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Story Within a Story

These notes were found stuck inside a book at my branch. I don't know who wrote them, nor do I know their original purpose. They were handily numbered by their creator(s), who, if I HAD to guess, were teenage girls. Despite the fact that a few pages seem to be missing and they are out of context, I think the notes make for a pretty interesting narrative:

Introduction of conflict.

More conflict!

(Oh, she cares. We all know she cares.)

Awww. (Turning point 1.)

Things take a dark turn...

(Note: the library is not culpable for any "accidental" deaths.)

Yeah, girl! (Turning point 2.)

Optimistic climax.

Aaaaand resolultion.

So there's your lesson on narrative structure! Sadly, we'll never know the real story behind these notes. Maybe one day I'll fill in the blanks and win a Newbery award or something. But I think that last note contains pretty damn good advice on its own. Live on, everyone. Live on.


  1. I look so forward to your posts! So funny.

  2. This was a treasure trove of a find! Love your posts.

  3. I love this so much. Definitely made me laugh out loud. Great post, Rita!

  4. You make me wish I'd become a librarian.

  5. Pretty much the best book find in my opinion! :) Thanks for sharing the awesome!

  6. Hi Rita, I gave you an award in my blog. It's in here:http://beforeiturn25.blogspot.com/2011/10/sunshine-award-2011.html

    This post is enlightening! :)

  7. Thanks for the nice comments, guys! I love finding stuff like this.