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Forlorn Hope in Fiction

A “Forlorn Hope” is when a group is in extreme danger, or even doomed but carries on. It is often a military unit that takes the risky and perilous positions in the offensive or defensive action. The term in French for an equivalent group is “Les Enfants Perdus” or “The Lost Children.” Fictional, or semi-fictional stories have often recounted the adventures of a lost group of individual who face insurmountable odds.

Zulu (1964) tells a fictional version of true events at Rorke’s Drift in January, 1879. A group of 150 British and support troops defended themselves at a mission station against almost 4,000 Zulu warriors who tried to overwhelm them. https://www.amazon.com/Zulu-Stanley-Baker/dp/B00008PC13

In Target Zero (1955), a Hollywood version of a fiction part of the Korean War is represented. A British tank crew, an American infantry squad and a stranded UN nurse band together and hold off a massive attack of North Korean troops. https://www.amazon.com/Target-Zero-Richard-Conte/dp/B00KH67BBI

In Sahara (1943), a small band of U.S., British, and allied troops hold off a large number of German soldiers in the desert near Tobruk. https://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Humphrey-Bogart/dp/B00005R23T

In 55 Days at Peking (1963), a fictionalized story is told of the military legation staff defending the foreign ambassadors in China in 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion. https://www.amazon.com/Days-Peking-All-Region-NTSC/dp/B00108FMFO

An additional list of films with similar plots includes, The 300 Spartans (1962), Apocalypse Now (1979), Battlestar Galactica (Miniseries) (2003), Forlorn Hope 1631 (2009), King Arthur (2004), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Lord Jim (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Last Valley (1971), Seven Samurai (1954), and the retelling of the story, The Magnificent Seven (1960).

More movies listed at: http://www.listal.com/list/fornlorn-hope-movies-superant

I’m obsessed with the idea of forlorn hope. Those individuals so dedicated to achieving their goals that they risk everything, and will not surrender, until the task is done. Each of my books feature forlorn hopes. In Feeling a Way, the town of Rock Springs is treed and must fight with every man, woman, and child against the guru’s fighters. In A Dangerous Way, A handful of library scouts put themselves between two warring armies. The book, In the Horde’s Way features the story of a vastly outnumbered group of fighters trying to stand off against incredible odds. Pratima’s Forbidden Book has two forlorn hope defenses. William’s group defends the compound with the atomic device against an attack, and Pratima’s group must hold the railway bridge until a rescue force can arrive. Asante’s Gullah Journey features a climax where the farmers must defend the library building against an overwhelming force. Even my short story, Pratima’s Engines ends with Pratima and a few friends holding out in the barricaded room. I can’t get away from writing about forlorn hopes.

https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Gibson/e/B00O0HQ6E8

Don’t Read My Book!

 

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Reposting this article from last year. Several authors have used reverse psychology in humorous approaches to marketing their books.

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Stephanie Barr made a meme for Beast Within, The Bete Book 1, that highlights aspects of the book that some people might possibly find irritating.

Reverse psychology involves advocating ideas or behaviors that are in opposition to one’s desired goals according to Wikipedia. Above is a reverse mention of my book, Asante’s Gullah Journey.

Some authors have taken the humorous approach of producing meme posters about why you, a potential reader, should not pick up and read their books. The reasons can include potential shortcomings in their books, or critiques of reading generally, or the particular genre, or perhaps larger criticisms of the world in general.  Usually, the desired outcome derives from the hope of the author that you will be so intrigued that you will rush out and buy the book.

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In K. M. Herkes’ example above for her book, Controlled Descent, we see negatives and tongue in cheek comments.

The hoped for psychological outcome seems similar to me to that in Goodreads reviews where controversy around a book results in more sales. When readers have contentious disagreements about the content, style, or meaning of a book, new readers can become curious to try for themselves. They want to see what side of the controversy they will land after giving the book a try.

dontread_470511166462959_1441979994374461108_oM. A. Ray, in the example above, disses aspects of her book, Hard Luck.

Reverse psychology is a time honored mind control approach. We use it with our friends, enemies, and family members to gain compliance. We hope that if we seem to offer a position that is opposite of our true position we will find common ground with the other person, or get those others to lower their barriers and let in our message.

One approach to marketing is to offer benefit for the customer. Writers who employ reverse psychology memes are hoping to secretly show how their book will offer value to the reader. The self-criticism of the book may be intended to be false, or may be intended to warn the reader what to be careful of.

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For Crimson Fire, Mirren Hogan lists possible off-putting facts about her book.

Don’t be afraid of reading a book, just because the author tells you scary things. Likely an author puts the energy into critiquing their book because they hold their own works in high regard. Give them a try. Judge for yourself whether there is validity in the reverse-hype!

Author links:

K. M. Herkes: https://www.amazon.com/K.M.-Herkes/e/B00GRLYEL2 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391528.K_M_Herkes

M. A. Ray: https://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7509703.M_A_Ray

Mirren Hogan at: https://www.amazon.com/Mirren-Hogan/e/B01MAYXJV9 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9833643.Mirren_Hogan

S. A. Gibson: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Gibson/e/B00O0HQ6E8 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8687249.S_A_Gibson

Stephanie Barr: https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Barr/e/B00N9W84YK/ and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8176598.Stephanie_Barr

 

 

 

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Librarians in Fantastic Fiction

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I like to write about librarians and libraries. Every story I’ve written contains library business or people who deal with libraries. Since Amazon does not provide a bestseller category for Library Fiction, I find myself searching and finding titles, one by one. There are many books published with library in the title, or having libraries as a major theme. Below are some titles I found.

Better Late Than Never (A Library Lover’s Mystery)

by Jenn McKinlay a cozy mystery:

Ink and Bone (The Great Library Book 1)

by Rachel Caine a teen steampunk story:

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel)

by Genevieve Cogman a time travel steampunk story:

And of course, you should check out my books, which all relate to libraries in the future without modern technology. Like Asante’s Gullah Journey:

Enjoy your reading of fictional tales of Librarians and Libraries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Buy My Book!

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Reverse psychology involves advocating ideas or behaviors that are in opposition to one’s desired goals according to Wikipedia. Above is a reverse mention of my book, Pratima’s Forbidden Book.

Some authors have taken the humorous approach of producing meme posters about why you, a potential reader, should not pick up and read their books. The reasons can include potential shortcomings in their books, or critiques of reading generally, or the particular genre, or perhaps larger criticisms of the world in general.  Usually, the desired outcome derives from the hope of the author that you will be so intrigued that you will rush out and buy the book.

controlleddescent2_1793357554268227_6307528345524211543_n

In K. M. Herkes’ example above for her book, Controlled Descent, we see negatives and tongue in cheek comments.

The hoped for psychological outcome seems similar to me to that in Goodreads reviews where controversy around a book results in more sales. When readers have contentious disagreements about the content, style, or meaning of a book, new readers can become curious to try for themselves. They want to see what side of the controversy they will land after giving the book a try.

dontread_470511166462959_1441979994374461108_oM. A. Ray, in the example above, disses aspects of her book, Hard Luck.

Reverse psychology is a time honored mind control approach. We use it with our friends, enemies, and family members to gain compliance. We hope that if we seem to offer a position that is opposite of our true position we will find common ground with the other person, or get those others to lower their barriers and let in our message.

One approach to marketing is to offer benefit for the customer. Writers who employ reverse psychology memes are hoping to secretly show how their book will offer value to the reader. The self-criticism of the book may be intended to be false, or may be intended to warn the reader what to be careful of.

Don’t be afraid of reading a book, just because the author tells you scary things. Likely an author puts the energy into critiquing their book because they hold their own works in high regard. Give them a try. Judge for yourself whether there is validity in the reverse-hype!

Author links: K. M. Herkes: https://www.amazon.com/K.M.-Herkes/e/B00GRLYEL2 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391528.K_M_Herkes

M. A. Ray: https://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7509703.M_A_Ray

S. A. Gibson: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Gibson/e/B00O0HQ6E8 and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8687249.S_A_Gibson

Here is another:

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Mirren Hogan at: https://www.amazon.com/Mirren-Hogan/e/B01MAYXJV9

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