Originally, this blog was supposed to be dedicated to my writing. I haven’t posted nearly as much about that as I would have liked, so today I’m going to be posting about my creative thesis!
Since my main goal is to write kidlit, I thought it would be great if I could get a professor to approve a children’s project, and as it turns out, my favorite professor taught a (wonderful, fantastical) Children’s Literature class. I am incredibly blessed to be working not only with her, but also YIYUN LI, whose writing I’ve admired since before I even knew she taught at my school! So I’m really, really excited about this project and spent winter break doing research and watching movies for inspiration and I’m so eager to start. So without further ado, here’s some information:
WORKING TITLE: FEARFUL SYMMETRY
A Chinese-American girl whose grieving plastic surgeon father tries to turn her into her older sister after his preferred child dies.
Alice Chen (12) is the protagonist. She’s shy and insecure and lives in the shadow of her older sister, Irene (14), who dies a premature death. The girls’ father is Dr. Chen, a plastic surgeon who caters largely to wealthy Asian immigrants.
I thought, it’d be really cool if someone wrote something that captured the feel of Asian horror film (which is famously very twisted) but for MG…and I basically went from there!
I’ve completed the plot outline and made an inspiration board (which you can see here) and a playlist. I’m hoping to evoke not only Asian horror, but also the darkness of classic fairy tales and Gothic fiction, as well as a strong subtext of Asian-American family dynamics. I’ll be posting more about this later, but I’m so excited to start!