Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What did you think of the format?

Erina Library's bookclub did the Guernsey etc etc (lazy) recently and one person said to me "oh, it was all letters and I couldn't handle it, just gave up" but another liked it and said it neatly avoided overly descriptive, long-winded depictions of people and places as the format restricted it.


Bec said...

I liked the format. I found it easy to read though I sometimes got confused when I forgot to read who the letter was to and from. I agree that it perhaps would have been a longer book which would have needed more descriptions if written in a 'traditional' format. It was good to just pick up and dip into when I had some spare time.

Nic said...

I agree totally with Bec! My only but was that, by virtue of having the most letters, the only character I really got to know well, as an individual voice, was Juliet, which I didn't mind at all because I loved her! Elizabeth came through well too, I guess because she was the centre of the story.

PJ said...

At first I found it a bit difficult because I kept skipping over the to and from part. But after a while I got used to it and actually really enjoyed hearing from a variety of characters. I wonder if it is more difficult to write this way than just a straight narrative?

As an aside, I quite enjoyed the narky letters from the old bag, I can't remember her name! :-)