Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I’d Make Writers Write About If I Could

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 This week’s theme is topics you would make authors write about if you could. This could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.

I worked forever on this post! I hope you like it. 🙂

So I’m cheating just a bit here since, as a writer, I’ve got some ideas that I won’t be sharing, because I plan to write about them myself.  But that’s okay, because it forced me to stretch my brain for yet more ideas for the post. Yay! Here we go:

1) Number one, because it must obviously be said that, above all else:

I want more Harry Potter involving the main cast, preferably right after book seven. Seeing Hermione, Ginny and Luna’s last year at Hogwarts would be awesome. And then maybe following Luna Lovegood’s application to work in the Department of Mysteries. (Yes, I know officially she becomes a kind of naturalist but COME ON the Department of Mysteries has got to be the best place to work in all of Potterdom.) I will also settle for a next-generation series involving the Potter-Weasley kids. I’m not one of those clamoring for a Marauders series (please don’t hit me!) , even though I’d read it and love it, and my husband really wants one, so I’ll ask for it on his behalf. 😉 I’d just rather have a new Harry Potter series that still incorporates the main cast.

2) More Gemma Doyle. Or at least something to alleviate my Gemma-withdrawl

While we’re on the subject of series that ended way too soon, I need more Gemma Doyle. The Sweet Far Thing is one of my very favorite books, but that ending seriously killed me. I need more. I need to know what happens next. I’m still holding out hope that maybe the illustrious Libba Bray will grace us with another Gemma installation, but in the meantime, I petition all writers of the world to please pen me a Victorian gas-lamp fantasy full of feisty feminists. I’m desperate.

3) A Positive Depiction of the Goddess Hecate

Yes, Hecate is considered a “dark” goddess in many ways, but she’s also my Goddess, and there is so much more to her than just being the “dark” goddess. She’s goddess of the witches, yes, but YA (and non-YA) readers nowadays know that “witch” does not equal “evil”. So how about our luminous Goddess of Magic be given the same treatment? I griped a bit at Rick Riordan for casting Hecate on the side of the bad guys in the first Percy Jackson series, but her redemption and entertaining appearances in The House of Hades definitely made up for it. His son also wrote a quite moving short story featuring Hecate in The Demigod Diaries.

I suppose I’m breaking my own stipulation here, since I said I wouldn’t mention topics I myself planned to write about, since I do plan to write a novel or three involving Hecate, but honestly? She is so complex and cool a goddess that I’ve no doubt there is enough of her lore to go around. Let’s flood the market! 😉 I’m very much looking forward to Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel, in which Hecate makes an appearance. She’s described as a “dark goddess” but hopefully, as I’m trying to point out, “dark” doesn’t have to mean “bad”.

And while we’re at it, how about a positive representation of modern Wiccans? I mean, I get that if you’re going to write a book involving Wiccans you might as well just write about witches, but I’d actually read a contemporary (I know – gasp!) if it had something like a normal Wiccan family in it. Or a supernatural story that nonetheless featured Wiccans-as-normal-not-remotely-scary people. Inroads are being made, it’s true, but I don’t have an illustration for this suggestion and that’s kind of my point! Let’s just have another of Hecate, then.

(click the image to visit the artist’s webpage)

4) A Disabled Character (Preferably Main) Who Isn’t Just There To “Inspire” The Non-Disabled

I’m disabled. I broke  my back when I was seventeen and now I walk with a crutch (yes, just like Tiny Tim 😉 ) and have chronic pain and a host of health problems. Yet it seems that the very few disabled characters we get in YA (and even literature in general) are less-than-realistic about the difficulties involved. We don’t all climb Everest, folks. Most of us struggle just to stay healthy. Sure, that’s a bit of a downer, but doesn’t literature kind of exist to explore emotions and struggles? I suppose it could be argued that people can’t take reading about the stark realities of the lives of disabled people, but I have more faith in people than that. We have had horrifying yet beautiful YA novels tackle the subjects of rape, child abuse, eating disorders, drug addiction and a whole host of others. I think it’s about time for disabilities to be added to the list. So why don’t I write one myself? I don’t know. Maybe I will some day. But I needn’t be the only one.

There are exceptions. Ashes on the Waves has a disabled main character, and his condition is depicted realistically, with all its inherent tragedy. And while for much of the book she is able-bodied, the time the main character of The Sea Inside spends in the hospital following her injury very accurately depicts the feelings of loss, isolation, and numbness that commonly accompany such an injury.

5)Doctor Who Novel With Doctor 10.5

There have been numerous Doctor Who novels involving the new Doctors, but as far as I know, no author has yet tackled the adventures of 10.5 and Rose in the parallel universe. (spoilers?) To my knowledge, there’s enough fan fiction on the subject that I’m quite confident an authorized novelization would sell. But then they need to get David Tennant to do the audio-book recording. If somehow this could happen, then, maybe, I’ll finally be able to get over Journey’s End. *sigh*

6) More Obscure Mythology

I love mythology. All kinds. It fascinates me. And I love discovering brand-new myths that I’ve never heard of, such as the fate-spinner seikona that appeared in Maria Dahvana Headley’s Queen of Kings. I want to know more about them, and I want to know more about other interesting myths. Ancient belief systems are flickering out all over the world and it’s a tragedy. I want to learn from them all.

7) More Poe Re-tellings

Since I absolutely loved and gushed over Mary Lindsey’s Ashes on the Waves and have no doubt that Bethany Griffiths’ Masque of the Red Death duology is likewise superb, I am putting in a request for more Poe re-tellings. The Fall of the House of User, perhaps?

8) The Lady of Shallot

The Lady of Shallot by Alfred Lord Tennyson is my very favorite poem and I desperately need both a modern and classical novelization of it. It’s beyond beautiful. If you’ve never read it, you should click here to read it, or listen to the Loreena McKennit song version of it below. I’m not going to spoil what happens for you, other than to say that it is the best metaphor ever constructed concerning the artist’s dilemma of observing the world and recording it, or becoming a part of it and risking the loss of yourself within.

9) Eurydice & Orpheus

While on the subject of re-tellings, I’d love to see my favorite Greek myth and one of my all-time favorite love stories, that of Eurydice and Orpheus, novelized, in either a modern or classical telling. In the myth, the bard Orpheus loses his bride Eurydice, and travels to the underworld to use his musical talents to move the hearts of Hades and Persephone enough for them to release her. They decide that Orpheus may lead Eurydice out of Hades, so long as he never once look back to be sure she is following. But Orpheus, mad with worry and suspecting a trick, looks back at the entrance to our world, and so loses Eurydice forever.

So, naturally, it’s the kind of thing I love and need a novel version of. If you want to learn more about the myth, click here:

9) Linda Bergkvist’s Dark Faery Tales

Linda Bergkvist is an immensely talented digital painter and my favorite modern artist. Tragically, she no longer posts her work online but thankfully she produced a number of magnificent paintings before her retirement. For a while she was working on a book of dark faery tales to accompany her illustrations, and I am forever saddened that I may never hold this book in my hands. I want to know the stories behind her masterpieces.

Her work has greatly inspired my own writing, and even if Linda herself never releases her book, I’d love to see how other writers interpret such breathtaking works as these.

Check out more of Linda’s artwork here.

10) Nightwish Novels and Within Temptation Tales

I have an immense love for symphonic gothic metal and find it enormously inspirational. I can’t be the only one. So where is the lush high fantasy epic based on Within Temptation’s Deciever of Fools?

or the sprawling, century-spanning tragic love story of Nightwish’s Ghost Love Score?

Make note of these requests, oh valiant writers of the world! 😀

Also, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re awesome.


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What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have my wishes already come true and I just don’t know about the book(s) yet!? Let me know!

About Rain Jeys

Young Adult Fantasy Author. Book Reviewer. Lover of kitties. View all posts by Rain Jeys

19 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I’d Make Writers Write About If I Could

  • leydylaura

    That is one great list of wishlist!

    Check our TTT of this week.

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  • Top Ten Tuesday: | Ponderings of Jen

    […] like Rain Jeys, I’d like to see more mythology.  She puts it more eloquently than I ever […]

  • Aman

    Yes on more Poe retellings! His stories are so dark and fascinating, Love them! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Nemo

    I have been trying to find a book that’s basically The Hand of Sorrow by Within Temptation. I want it! Someone needs to write it! I WOULD PRE-ORDER THAT! I mean, I LOVE their story songs but I need the book! (also a huge Nightwish fan).

    I’d also like Harry Potter Year 8.

  • Makaela

    You are killing me with #8! I love it! It’s what I’ve based my story on… I can’t keep it to myself. (If you remember me talking about it in my post.) We seem to have similar thoughts on it. I loved the poem and haven’t even started writing anything. But I love my idea and one day I will put it to paper… or the computer. (I still use paper- even though I’m messy)

    I didn’t even think about adding Harry Potter to my list… and I spent a lot of time thinking about this post! After reading through so many other’s I have found so many great ideas that I would just love to read about. Or even write. I am a Marauder girl- I fangirl about it all the time to my fiance. He would love to see a founders of Hogwarts story.

    I also would love to read more re-tellings of myths. I have always loved Persephone. I browse Deviantart a lot also to get inspiration. I am jsut so scatterbrained, I haven’t found my muse yet. I am constantly distracted by the internet.

    I made my own secret Pinterest board so I can type out my ideas with pics. 🙂

    • Rain Jeys

      OMG I’m so glad you’re writing a #8! I would pre-order that for sure. I’ve got a modern retelling floating around my brain but I have about ten books I want to write before that…I’m looking forward to yours!

      This is definitely my favorite Top Ten Tuesday so far…people have some great ideas! I’ve had a lot of fun reading them. Lots of people want more mythology and retellings it seems, which is great (yes to Persephone, definitely – have you read the Everneath or Goddess Test series? Are they any good?) and of course lots of people want more Harry Potter, but sadly I think even a petition with billions of signatures wouldn’t do any good.

      I love deviantART, but I had to leave for a while because I was spending all of my time there. Their literature community is amazing (and of course the other kinds of artwork are gorgeous) but I kind of missed reading physical books.

      Ooh secret Pinterest board? I didn’t know you could do that! I need to make a Pinterest board for te books I’m writing. Right now I just have endless favorites folders on deviantART.

      Who are you on deviantART by the way, if I may ask?

  • Ula @ Blog of Erised

    Lovely picks. I agree with disabled characters. There’s just too much perfectionism! -.- And yes to HP though I wish for a bigger gap for new books. I am really happy about how it ended. But more of ANYTHING Potter would be awesome 😀
    Happy reading!

  • bluenred

    I wrote fragments of a book with a positive portrait of Hecate, but I have no idea where them fragments are. I think prob’ly a frog ate ’em.

    O & E get written about a lot. Sometimes in the strangest of places. See, for instance, Martin Cruz Smith’s Red Square.

    The Lorena song kinda shuts the door on any more Shalloting. How could words on a page beat that?

    Some things I think writers should write about include: (1) how birds need hands; (2) what do worms talk about when they’re under ground; (3) who knows where the time goes; (4) puckish extraterrestrials who are mucking with humans, including those that are putting rocks in front of the Mars rover when the rover’s Not Looking, and making Ceres laugh and spit water for No Known Reason; (5) how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood; (6) angus on the storm; (7) how if god were a woman she would have placed the penis on the man’s chin; (8) the True Story of how dogs convinced humans to stop being hunter-gatherers and settle down in agricultural societies because the dogs wanted cites where there would be a mammoth steady supply of garbage all in one place; (9) heamblows and chingalos at work and at play; (10) the fall of humanity and the rise of the potato-chip civilization.

    • Rain Jeys

      Well, tell the frog to give them back! I want to read it.

      I’m sure O & E get touched upon, but I’d love to see some kind of outright retelling. Especially a young adult one.

      Well,yes, it would be near impossible to top the beauty of the Loreena version, but I don’t know that that should mean there should be no more attempts.

      Those are some intriguing ideas, especially numbers 4, 8 and 10. I think writers should get to work straight away.

  • bluenred

    Okay, just thinking out loud here, but it seems like #1, #3, #4, #6, #7, #8, and #9 could be taken care of in a tale where Harry Potter is besieged by a Monstrous Evil that blows out an eye and takes off a leg, so he becomes Mad-Eye Moody Long-John Silver, The Sequel; said Evil a mammoth clot of dingleberries, led by Rick Perry, the farm-animal governor of Texas, that meanwhile spirits Ginny off to Hell; and in order to Orpheus her on out of there, Harry requires the kindly services of Hecate, and also a willowy boat, piloted across the Styx, by the Lady of Shallot . . . said tale to be told by Edgar Allen Poe.

  • The Polished Page-Turner

    Always yes to more Harry Potter! I will take anything! I see you have a lot of retellings on your list and I couldn’t agree more. So many great stories that could use some modernization.

  • Kristin

    This was a really beautiful post! So many great ideas.

    I especially agree with points 4, 6, and 7!

    I have yet to watch any Doctor Who, but I know that I really should!

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