Book Playlist: NaNoWriMo
So this year’s NaNo is a murder mystery (yay!). Basically, a serial killer is slowly offing popular bloggers while they’re filming blog posts without ever being caught on camera. Our main character, Maia (a 16-17 y/o kawaii fashion blogger living in Paris) becomes convinced she’s the next victim and teams up with a street kid (who originally comes to her for fashion advice, and we’ll call SK for now since i haven’t named them yet) to try and stop the murderer. The setting is futuristic France (50-100 years from now) where Montmartre has become the “Harajuku of Paris” and tourism companies are paying internet celebrities (esp. fashionistas) to live & work there and attract tourists. I’m hoping it’ll turn out a little more optimistic than my other NaNos, since I apparently like to write really depressing stories (whoops?).
Anywho, this is my current reading list for NaNo. Still not sure whether to save it for November or start reading it during the planning phase (as in, right now.)
Books & Reasons Why:
Nana - Ai Yazawa - This is my favourite manga series of all time, no joke. I think it’s good inspiration for nano mainly because of the overall feel of the book— also, it’s about two girls who don’t always see eye-to-eye sharing an apartment in Tokyo, so i think it’ll be good inspiration for Maia and SK since they end up living together.
Sight - Adrienne Marie Vrettos - My favourite murder mystery book. The main character is also 16, so that puts her in the same age bracket as Maia. I think it’s important that most of the characters in this list are her age since unfortunately I’ve grown up. Also, I’ve never written a mystery before and I don’t read very much of it, so hopefully it’ll give me some ideas on how to write this thing.
Chain Mail - Hiroshi Ishizaki - Also a mystery-type novel. I mainly chose this one because the tone of the book is similar to what I want to achieve. This was the first book I chose to put on this list.
Tales of Beauty & Cruelty - Kate Petty & Caroline Castle - this was the second book I chose to put on this list, mainly for the last story, A Little Flame. It was part of the inspiration for SK, and also takes place in Paris.
Kamikaze Girls - Novala Takemoto - this one’s pretty much a given. Maia is a follower of kawaii fashion, so a book about Lolita is a must-have. It’s also one of the few novels Maia owns in-universe.
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - These books were chosen mainly for the tone, again. New Pretty Town is quite similar to what I envision Maia’s area of Paris is like (minus anything that hovers and, of course, the Pretties), and also they’re just really good books.
Modern Faerie Tales - Holly Black - these are some books that are pretty much always going to be on my writing playlists. Black’s writing always inspires me. Aside from that, I think these books will help me quite a bit when writing the scenes where Maia’s hiding from the murderer (spoilers?) as well as SK.
The Poison Eaters - Holly Black - once again, this book’s mostly just here ‘cause Black inspires me so much. Oops?
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black - aside from the obvious reasons (see above), Coldtown really inspired the setting for this book, and I’m hoping it can help be flesh out this fictional version of Paris.
Bordertown - Anthologies - again, hoping these books can help with the grungier parts of the novel. Also, I see Maia’s neighbourhood, filled with internet celebrities that tourism companies pay to live there, as similar to bordertown. Everyone’s got their own reasons for applying to live there, most people are underage, and there are a lot of tight-knit communities that have grown out of it.
This list will probably change/grow in the time before November, but this is the basics of it! If you have any recommendations feel free to send them it! I’m always looking for new books :)