Monday, July 29, 2019

GUEST POST by Amanda Tero: If "The Secret Slipper" was Written in a Modern Era

Hey everyone! Today is the next stop in Amanda Tero's blog tour for her Tales of Faith series, and she has written a special guest post for today, which I'm so excited to share! Her insight is fantastic, and I hope this post is thought-provoking to you and drums up some interesting conversation points!  

If you haven't read The Secret Slipper yet, you're in luck: it's on sale for only $.99 this month -- and you have a couple of days left to snag it! 

Without further ado...

If “The Secret Slipper” was Written in a Modern Era

Why Historical Elements Provide a Solid Platform

Have you ever stopped to think how a solid, historical idea would completely fail in a modern era? For example, why couldn’t “The Secret Slipper” have been written from today’s viewpoint? If you analyze it, the only reason “The Secret Slipper” is believable is because of the historical era. You move the exact same story up to modern fiction and it’s laughable. It would never happen.

Before you read on, be aware that I’m hiding nothing here. So if you haven’t read “The Secret Slipper” and don’t like spoilers, you just might want to archive this post to read later.

Lia never would have disappeared by a feigned grave.

Today, a lord’s family would not only be guarded with individuals who have passed all sorts of background checks, they would have security cameras in the nursery. For that matter, Lord Kiralyn would have a smartphone linked to his home security system and at any moment be able to catch images of Bioti’s wily attempts. Now, if it was written in a modern era, you’d have to make Bioti a tech-savvy bad gal. She’d have to overwrite the security system and find another reason to make the lord believe that his daughter had died rather than was kidnapped—or the mystery would be solved immediately, not over ten years later. Hmm… maybe an explosion erasing all evidence of human bones and DNA…?

Bioti never would have settled in a town just a few miles away.

Given the historical difficulty of correspondence and travel in the dark ages, it makes sense that Bioti didn’t situate herself halfway across the globe in a medieval era. I mean, she didn’t want to spend all her money on moving. Today, she’d have to erase all digital and paper trails. She’d never have trusted Nes unless he was as equally eager to be totally hidden. And she definitely wouldn’t let Lia roam the streets where PIs could identify her with facial recognition and age-progression imaging.

Lord Kiralyn never would have gone in circles.

Because he had to be there to search there, Lord Kiralyn’s journey goes in loops that are—in today’s eyes—easily avoided. I mean yes, today detectives and investigators do have to go through loops to process the information they need and track down people, but the tools they have, when applied to Lia’s story, would have expedited the process. Today, Lord Kiralyn could have figured up his list of suspects. Could have even taken fingerprints and trailed those suspects. It is possible that he would have been suspicious of Galien’s betrayal—or, at least, have known that someone was betraying him. Not to mention, Lord Kiralyn and Jolin wouldn’t have been side-by-side the entire journey. Today they’d be in cities across the globe sharing instant updates with their findings. And whereas poor Lord Kiralyn had to take this search almost alone, today there are organized societies with highly trained individuals that Lord Kiralyn could have hired to find his daughter. He could have left it to the experts.

In conclusion

I could dissect the story further, but once you break down these three major characters and methods that “The Secret Slipper” is built upon, everything else falls apart. Comparing “The Secret Slipper” to today’s world, I have determined that the story would fail and have to be completely rewritten. This is why I’m keeping it on the historical fiction platform. ;) But in conclusion, today, bad guys have to be smarter. Good guys have to be a step ahead and even smarter. However, one thing is the same whether you’re speaking historical or modern. Motives are historically unchanging: greed, lust, anger, power, envy, and vengeance. They may take on different faces today, but the bottom line of sin has always been and always will be the foundation of corrupt minds and the crimes they commit.

What do you think?
Take one of your favorite historical stories and apply it to modern era. Would it work or crash? What would you have to do to fix it?

About the Tour 
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. ;) Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

 About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Thanks so much for this fantastic guest post, Amanda!  


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