I don’t know if this makes any sense, but there are some books that are written so brilliantly. Books that the tone and voice of the writing perfectly matches the topic and the book topic. It’s like the writing was made for the book, or the story was made that much more perfect because of how it was written. It’s books like these where the aesthetic is so strong. I consistently remember these books because they immediately grab hold of me—it’s like when the music matches a movie perfectly, like Kimi no na wa or Lord of the Rings. To me, the book is a little more perfect if the tone and voice of the writing matches the subject matter.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
If there was a book that explained this principle well, it’s this is the one. I think half of the appeal of The Night Circus is the writing and the aesthetic it creates with the tone. It creates this mysterious and mystical atmosphere around the circus. This in turn keeps the reader at arms distance, while also feeling creating a feeling of intimacy. I think if I could describe the story, book and the Night Circus itself, the best word to apply would be “ethereal”. It beckons the reader in the same way the Night Circus called to it’s patrons. I don’t think anyone fully understands the book, and like the Night Circus, I think that’s part of the appeal.
- Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes
When I first started reading this book, I felt it was a little stiff. I actually put it down and almost decided not to read it because of the writing. It felt a little like reading a research paper published on JSTOR or one of those other peer-reviewed journal sites. I decided to give it another try because I had already purchased it, so I might as well give it more of a chance and boy was I rewarded. This book was scientific and smart. It was straight to the point and almost like reading a study, which was perfect for the subject material—A woman running a dating experiment. I loved it for everything it is and still read it over because I love the characters and the execution so much.
- Ditching Mr. Darcy by Samantha Whitman
I had some execution problems with this book, but no one can deny the author did a splendid job mimicking 18th century English/Jane Austen’s writing style. It was regal, purposeful, and sounded just like Jane Austen. It had a plainness and clarity, while still managing to sound wordy, just like Jane Austen. Again, not my favorite—and not my favorite Pride and Prejudice retelling—but the execution was A+, I can’t deny that.
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This book, like Beginner’s Guide, is rather straightforward, which makes sense. In both books, the characters are running “experiments” of some sort. This book’s writing perfectly matches Stella’s personality. Analytical, almost to a fault, and straightforward almost to the point of bluntness. I love Stella and Michael and how this book unfolded, especially with the writing. There was never a time I felt like the writing and the story were out of sync. They were perfect together.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is one of those really special books where the MC is so precious and lovely, and let me tell you, the writing matches. I think the specialty of this book is how well the writing solidifies Lara Jean’s personality. A bit naive, but very cheery and bright, if a bit uncertain at times. What’s more, as you continue through the trilogy with Lara Jean the writing changes slightly as Lara Jean does, while still managing to sound exactly like her. It is spectacularly executed and is extremely memorable.
What writing made the book for you? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for that perfect book!