“Hello, Ral.” Dorothy laid a hand on his forearm. “How are you?”
He squinted at the rack as he replaced the brochure. “Y’know, I looked all through these things, and there ain’t a single thing on what t’ do after you admit yer ex-girlfriend to an insane asylum.” He forced a crooked smile. “They oughta get on that.”
“I’m so sorry,” she said. “Troy called me last night and said she might need my help.”
The words dropped from his lips and lay heavy on his folded hands. “How is she?”
“She has a concussion, but other than that, physically? She’s fine. We ... the orderlies had to restrain her not long after she woke up, sometime around three a.m. She ... I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen, but ...” Dorothy’s voice fell to a whisper. “She set one of them on fire. It took four to restrain her. ”
It's actually A Series. .... of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket's 13-book yarn about the trials and tribulations of the Baudelaire orphans starts out as standard silly, vaguely repetitive middle-grade literature, but by the end of the series, you realize he's been seeding an enormous plot through the entire thing. It's got nods to a ridiculous amount of classic books, some really deep themes about good and evil, and such a great sense of humor and style to it. I hope I can even come close to the amount of foreshadowing and plot-seeding that those books have.
Romance plots that only really take off after one character makes some major physical or superficial change in order to Win The Heart Of Their One True Love. My favorite example of this, hands-down, is "Grease".
Gluttony. Tell us about a trope you just can’t get enough of.
I'm a huge fan of what I call The Sarcastic Sage: mentors who have immense knowledge and wisdom, but really aren't about to take any crap from their students, and give their attitudes right back to them. See: Rafiki in The Lion King, Durzo Blint in Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy, Men in Black's Agent Kay, and of course ... these two:
Honestly, I don't lust after any of my characters. I can tell you that I have a few characters that embody the trait pretty well, though: Dr. Jon Knight, in particular, is a ladykiller and confirmed bachelor.
Sloth. Tell us about your favourite form of procrastination.
Ohhhh, it's definitely The Internet. Not even one particular site: just that organic process that leads you from "hey, there's a neat new picture from the set of that movie I want to see" to a lengthy article on the cultural importance of the kumquat half an hour later. Some days, I really don't know how I end up in the places I end up, but my brain is such a fantastic sponge that most of the time, I don't mind. For someone who's always enjoyed the concept of a "Renaissance Person", the internet is a very, very dangerous place.
Greed. Tell us which author’s top of your auto-buy list.
At the moment, I'd have to say Neil Gaiman and Lynn Flewelling, though Daniel Handler, Libba Bray, and Christopher Moore are also pretty high up there. In my youth, I binge-read Christopher Pike and Brian Jacques in equal amounts ... which explains an awful lot, looking back.