aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
aprilhenry
aprilhenry

Hurt me again!

My life is freaking complicated these day. I have way too many things going on, some good, some stressful. Not so good for me. But if I were a character in a book, readers would be eagerly turning the pages wanting to know what happens next.

I'm reading this great book right now, The Blood of Flowers. It's about a teenage girl in 17th century Iran, who falls on hard times after her father dies and who also learns to design and make exquisite carpets. I stayed up waaaaay too late last night so I could read more. Part of it was because I liked the character and bad things kept happening to her and I didn't want to put the book down until they started working out for her.

So last night, in the section I read:
- She refuses to renew her three-month marriage contract to a rich man who doesn't love her (I love learning something, so I sure hope this fact about 17th century Iran is correct).
- She makes a beautiful carpet and plans to sell it for enough to live on, but instead the buyer steals it
- She and her mother are kicked out of the house and forced to move in with a very poor friend and share a single room with six people
- They try to make money selling potions her mother concocts
- But her mother falls ill
- Everyone begins to starve and no money is coming in
- She can only make money by begging
- But a blind beggar lies and says she is begging to get money for opium, so no one will give her any money
- Her mother is near death
- The only other way she could make money would be to prostitute herself to a fat, blood-covered butcher, and she is nearly desperate enough to

It hurts to hurt our characters. But sometimes we have to.


site stats

Subscribe with
JacketFlap's
Children's
Publishing
Blog Reader
Tags: go from bad to worse
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments