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10/8/19: What did the author have to know?

Rachel Lorang
12:40 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading True North by L.E. Sterling. Its has 292 pages and I read to 223.
To write this book, the author would have had to know about normal human genetic code how it would change and react to foreign chemicals. She would've had to know about the reactions to people when they become very sickly as well as behavioral patterns to show what is truly going on in a person's mind. To get the knowledge for this book she would have to do research on genetics and its code, behavioral patters, and bodily reactions to pollution and sickness. She could've gone through with other celebrity and politicians biographies to get the inside of what happens when you publicly meet another important person in modern society. I think that the author wrote this book to show her love for Sci-Fi that she kept with her since her childhood. This happens to be due with the plague that has been slowly killing everyone off through their DNA and is still incurable. The behavioral patterns could have been found with research within psychology due to brain waves. This teaches about the determination one can have to save her sister, her other half through difficult challenges, political duties, and a budding romance, but still keeping your sister first.
Brookelynn park
11:57 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Blink by Sasha Dawn. it has 33 pages and I read to 235.
To write this book the author would have to know about certain laws and how the testimony of minor apply to certain cases. And she would have to know about the restraining law orders and how all of that works. She would also have to know her geography really well and would have to know where certain places are and what they are like.
Kinsey Price
11:07 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry. It has 452 pages and I stopped today on page 246.
To write this book, the author would have to know about election campaigning in the U.S. and how it can affect the families of those running for office. She would also have to know how trials against a minor work, as well as the sentences a minor could receive and how they would be affected once they had served their sentence. Another important thing to know is how social media can turn anything on its head and make a story out a random collection of pictures. To get the knowledge it took to write this book, the author would have likely had to do some research on the prison system and how it deals with minors who have been convicted. She would probably have to go off of statements from celebrities or those involved in politics to learn how difficult it can be to live a normal life while in the public eye. However, I think just about everyone knows how easily social media can blow things out of proportion. I think the author wrote this story to break through more than a few stereotypes, and it also teaches about the dangers of the media in this day and age. This story is kind of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story. The main characters live completely different lives and they're purposely kept away from each other, but they find ways to meet without anyone knowing. I'm just hoping this story has a happier ending than Romeo and Juliet does.
Austin Sieverding
03:07 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz. I am on page 218 of 300.
This book takes place in Germany during World War II. It is about a thirteen-year-old boy who wants to get in the family business of being a spy for the allies. In order for Alan Gratz to write this book; he would've had to have some background knowledge about history, World War II to be specific. Alan Gratz writes a lot of books that talk about Historical fiction. Although these stories are fictional, they still have some historical accuracy. I feel the author either remembers history, or he obtained his knowledge through the internet. I believe the author wrote this book to entertain his readers, NOT to inform them of World War II.
Arriana Mausbach
11:28 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Legend by Marie Lu. I stopped on page 184 of 305.

In order to write this book, the author would've had to have known about the government. My book is about how the main character's brother gets murdered, and she's on a mission to find the killer. The main character gets recruited by the government. In my book, it talks a lot about how the government works and how they keep a lot of their secrets.
The author probably got the knowledge for this book from the internet or maybe even from family experience. You can learn a lot about the government from the internet, whether it be from news stories or from actual articles about the government. Either way, she definitely did her research.
I think the author wrote this book because she likes the way it plays out. Personally, I think the author might like writing mystery books. She probably wrote it to give people the thrill of reading a mystery and trying to figure out who did it.
Damen Crane
11:17 AM ET (US)
i finished American victory last night and i think am going to start reading into thin air. for American victory, its simple he knew what he wanted he wanted and Olympic gold medal sense he was young and for that he had to work his butt off. he said he was always the hardest worker in the room and knew when he steep out on the mat in high school that he was going to win his confidence level was through the roof he knew that his life had to be dedicated to the sport and he couldn't let distractions get in the way. and over he knew his goal and he knew what he had to he had to win because what would all of training have been for. nothing...
Edited 10-08-2019 11:18 AM
Molli Thornton
11:07 AM ET (US)
I am reading Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan and I read 135 out of the 266 pages in the book.
The author would have to know a little about baseball and what it takes to become an athlete because the book is about a kid who has never played a sport in his life trying to become a baseball player for his high school team. The book is set in Iowa so he would have to know what it is like in Iowa. Even though it is a fiction book, you might need to know how teens act in todays world because the book is based off of a teens life and his struggles. The ideas for the book would just have to come to his head because it is a fiction book and not based off of anything. This book just takes creativity and your imagination to write it. I think that the author wrote this book just because he loved sports. I read on the back of the book that he is from Iowa so he probably wanted to right something about where he was from. He also might have wanted to show off his creativity by making fictional book.
Alexis Waege
11:06 AM ET (US)
I am reading Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. This book has 368 pages and I stopped on page XXX today. This book is set in 2011 San Fransisco and in 1995 Chicago. Tamara Ireland Stone would have needed to know what 2012 San Fransisco was like and what 1995 Chicago was like. She would have to know about the climate of both places. The author would have witnessed both of these cities to know what the climate was like and also to know what these places were like. I think Tamara wrote this book based on her own personal long distance experience. She loves writing and it maybe helped her fall in love with words and writing all over again in a new perspective. She wanted a way to share her passion with others and keep them entertained by her writing. She wrote a book that is set in 1995 Chicago and the boy Anna falls in love with is from 2011 San Fransisco, it is a time travel book and does hop back and forth between them.
Mandy Wolles
11:03 AM ET (US)
I am reading Mischling by Affinity Konar. The book has 339 pages and I am on page 180. This book is about the experiments done on identical twin in Auschwitz during the holocaust. The author, Affinity Konar, is a white woman from California. She likely had to do a ton of research in order to write the book. She likely read many books and talked to many people with personal experience relating to World War ll. I think she wrote it because the holocaust was such an important part of history, and no one should forget what the survivors went through. From her biography, it seems that the author has no personal connection to the holocaust or Germany, but she probably felt that the world needed to know this story.
Alexus Kunkel
11:02 AM ET (US)
I finished Pride and Prejudice this weekend. I have just barely started reading kite runner, which is 371.
For Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen would have to have known about social hierarchy in England. She would have to have known about how much money and land it takes for you to be recognized as upper class. She needed to know what was gaining on during the 1800s. I think Jane got the knowledge because she lived in this time period. She lived out some of the things these characters went through and did. She maybe got ideas from the gossip that went around her village. There was a huge popularity on social class/rank. I think she wrote the book because she wanted to tell a story about a independent and fierce female protagonist.
Edited 10-08-2019 11:03 AM
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
10:34 AM ET (US)
Start with a sentence that provides the name of your current book, the total number of pages, and where you stopped today.

Then in 8-10 sentences, answer ALL of these questions:

What did the author have to know/know about to be able to write this book?
How would the author GET the knowledge or ideas it took to write this book?
Why do you think the author wrote the book you are reading?
For example...
I am reading The Power of One. The whole book is set in Africa and is about a young African boy. The author of my book is a WHITE man. The blurb about the author in my book told me that the author was actually born in South Africa and even though he was white, he grew up among the African people. He had to have a lot of knowledge of African family traditions and culture. He had to have knowledge about all of the violence against Africans by the white South Africans. He got the knowledge and ideas by roaming through African villages and befriending African families. He witnessed first hand some of the abuse that black South Africans experienced. White South Africans were racist and prejudiced. I think he wrote the book to open the eyes of white South Africans and the rest of the world about the Zulu tribes they lived with.

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