Tension in Novels

  • ​Both internal and external tension

  • Fantasy: can rely on world-ending stakes or battle, intense stakes

  • Contemporary: more personal and grounded in everyday life.

  • Just because it's genre ficiton, doesn't mean it can't have more personal, grounded tension.

Books and Media We Talked About

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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About our Guest

LAUREN SPIELLER is a literary agent at TriadaUSA and the author of She's the Worst and Your Destination is on the Left.

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