As I write my thesis I feel rather like someone holding a camera who zooms in and out so fast that she feels a bit sick and can no longer focus on what she was trying to take a picture of. Having tightened my gaze considerably, I am now considering broadening it again, writing about a few more books, in order to actually narrow the scope of what I'm writing about to really focus on the relationship between melancholy and creativity in young adult fiction.
So I'm thinking of, as well as writing about Coraline, including one of Pullman's Northern Lights books (probably the first) and perhaps Thursdays Child by Sonya Hartnett (though I'm not sure if that's so much melancholy as simply depressing...I'm not dissing Hartnett at all, I'm too scared of her and I also think she's utterly brilliant). I also want to write about Drift, by me. It means changing the introduction but I can keep the majority of what I've written which is the discussion of melancholy and psychoanalysis and I can use fragments of the analysis of Coraline.
If anyone has any suggestions for a work to include I would welcome it. The novel I'm looking for would ideally combine real world and some kind of fantasy element, be melancholic and have some kind of notion of an artistic or creative act (in Thursday's Child I'm thinking of Tin's digging as being a kind of creative act). Short stories welcome too, but it needs to be YA.
In other news I told my publisher I'd write a whole novel by the end of the year. Ha ha ha ha ha. Why would I do that? So if anyone has any suggestions for that too, I'm all ears.