Mark Terry

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Story Hook Jeopardy

December 7, 2008
I'm reading a novel right now that I think has a great hook. It's only so-so as a novel, primarily because the main character doesn't actually seem to be doing anything, the events are sort of happening to him, and there seems some bad coincidences. Still, I like the hook a lot, which is: semi-famous rock-and-roll journalist solves mysteries, usually on Caribbean islands.

I struggle with hooks, but reading this novel made me think about them.

So, here are some hooks, from books or TV shows and maybe movies. You tell me the titles, but remember, answer it as a question.

1. Romeo and Juliet, only Romeo is a vampire.

2. Sherlock Holmes, only Sherlock is a modern-day medical doctor.

3. Sherlock Holmes, only Sherlock is a forensic expert on the police force in Las Vegas (Miami, or New York, or in the Navy... ahem... four for the price of one).

4. A young boy struggles to deal with the world and the loss of his parents, when he discovers he is actually a famous wizard.

5. Sports agent solves mysteries. (series)

6. Detective solves crimes through extraordinary ability to interrogate suspects.

7. Half-Japanese assassin who makes all his kills look like death by natural causes.

8. Detective who is the Grand Chancellor for Emperor Justinian. (series)

9. Dyslexic boy discovers he is a demi-god, the son of Poseidon. (series)

10. Child psychologist who solves crimes by consulting with gay homicide detective.

Okay, give your your answers (ie., questions) and shoot me some more.

Mark Terry

Oh, and here are two from the children's novel my agent is marketing and the children's novel I'm working on now.

1. What if Indiana Jones had a 16-year-old daughter?

2. Young orphan sees monsters and is recruited to a school where he is trained to kill them or recruit them.


Blogger spyscribbler said...

LOL, wow, I don't most of these.
1. About 20,000 paranormal books.
4. Harry Potter
7. John Rain
8. Hey! Does it count if I forgot his name? Eric and Mary's series. John? I'm terrible at names, but I love the series, at least what's available on the Kindle so far.

That's all I know. :-)

My favorite hook this year was the one I thought of two days before it hit the front table of Borders:

"Dick, I need a war."

9:06 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

1. Any of the current Midnight series, I think
2. House, MD
3. CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, NCIS
4. Harry Pottery
5. Harlen Coben's Myron Bolitar series
6. The Closer
7. Barry Eisler's John Rain series
8.John the Eunuch series by Eric Mayer and Mary Reed
9. The Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan
10. The Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman

11:02 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Sorry Mark and Natasha, but both of you forgot to answer in the form of a question.

I win by default.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Richmond Writer said...

Congratulations Jude!

Here I was thinking you meant Romeo the vampire was that guy in the Twilight movie.

Oh Spy I like that line. It took me a minute to get it but that's a good one.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Kath Calarco said...

2. Who is Dr. Quincy?
3. What is CSI?
4. Who is Harry Potter?
6. Who is Monk?

Favorite hook: "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

6:48 AM  
Blogger Zoe Winters said...

I should know number 1. The fact that I don't makes me a lame vampire fan. I want to say Dracula, but I know that's not it. Or: What is Dracula?

4. What is Harry Potter?

3:39 PM  
Blogger B. Nagel said...

2 What is House, MD?
3 What is all of the CSI's including NCIS?
4 What is Harry Potter (and several copycatting authors)?
6 What is NCIS / The Closer ?
9 What is Percy Jackson and the Olympians?

This post inspired me to ask my (non-existent)readers how many stories they could name revolving around the same hook: Young kid leaves horrible home situation to discover s/he is really awesome.

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