Today on The Overweight Bookshelf, I am pleased to welcome one of my favourite authors Lisa T Bergren. Be sure to check out below for details how you can win a Kindle Fire or iPod Touch at the end of blog tour for her newest YA release Remnants: Season of Wonder.
The Importance of Funny by Lisa T Begren
I think that when I was looking for a man to date or possibly marry, I searched for a man who could make me laugh. (I found him.) Perhaps that’s why I always adore the funny sidekick in movies. You know the guy I’m taking about. The one who breaks up the tension with the sarcastic wisecrack, the perfectly timed joke, the flirting in jest. Some of my favorites have been Al in “Sahara,” Riley in “National Treasure,” Goose in “Top Gun,” and the wry Watson in “Sherlock Holmes.”
When I write big, epic stories like Remnants, in a challenging and threatening environment, I’m aware of the heavy tension I’m creating. These poor kids aren’t just fighting for their lives…they’re fighting for the future of the world. That’s some pretty heavy pressure. It begs for a character who will remind them (and us, the reader) that there’s hope on the horizon, that all is not as bad as it seems…. So authors like me introduce the one who can laugh at himself or his circumstances and make everyone else do the same. To lighten up a little, so they can all conquer new territory, accomplish a task, beat back an adversary…and move us on to the next chapter.
In my Remnants series, that character is Vidar, and I fell in love with him, just as I do every one of my funny sidekicks. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a cute, stocky Italian boy with a flash of white teeth. But I loved his brotherly baiting of his knight, Bellona, and his words that made me smile every time it seemed my Remnants faced their most dire challenge yet. He’s the guy I want with me in the fight, because that’s who I would need by my side.
Humor, in a way, brings clarity. It serves to sift out the worst-case ending and bring us back to a playing field that still holds potential, possibility. And given that Vidar’s gift is that he can discern light from dark, good from evil, I thought it appropriate that he bring a measure of humor to my cast of characters.
Yeah, I always love the hero. You gotta love the hero. But the funny sidekick who makes me smile when I need to most? Well, he always threatens to steal my heart.
Can you think of a funny FEMALE sidekick in a movie? I was having trouble thinking of one…Comment below!
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Collect all the clues and fill out Lisa’s Rafflecopter form on her launch tour post at LisaBergren.com at the end of April and you could win either a Kindle Fire HDX ($229) or iPod Touch ($229)!
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over 2.5 million copies sold. She has written best-selling children’s books, award-winning YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at LisaBergren.com.
About Remnants: Season of Wonder
Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.
After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.
The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.