In keeping with the national theme of the week….
I have long been a political junkie, and so it’s not surprising that my books should have a fair amount of political intrigue in them. I love writing complex political subplots into my stories — the castle intrigues of the Winds of the Forelands books were part of what made writing those books so much fun for me. There’s really no secret to writing effective political suspense — just use your imagination and think about those things that make real-life politics interesting and work from there.
But because I’m thinking about politics right now, and because I’m so consumed with the campaign that I’m finding it a bit difficult to focus on a writing-oriented post, I thought I’d throw out a couple of lists and ask you to share yours.
First, my list of my five favorite sf/fantasy books in terms of political intrigue:
- Dune, by Frank Herbert
- A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
- Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Still, David Feintuch
- Speaker For The Dead, Orson Scott Card
Next, just because it’s my post and I can do whatever I want with it, my five favorite political movies:
- The American President
- Primary Colors
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- All the President’s Men
And finally, my top five favorite political songs:
- Won’t Get Fooled Again, The Who
- Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
- Gaia, James Taylor
- Boy In the Bubble, Paul Simon
- They Dance Alone, Sting
So, there you are. My contribution to today’s political discussion. Your turn. What are your favorites? Do you have a list that you’d like to add to these? By all means, be my guest. And don’t forget to vote tomorrow.