While thinking of what to write on for this week’s post, I looked to one of my old blogs where I wrote more colloquially on young adult literature
because I wasn’t being marked on it. From there I reintroduced myself to the lovely Tim Wynne-Jones.
Tim Wynne-Jones is a Canadian author who has written more than 20 novels within the genres of adult to young adult to children’s lit. The one that I am most interested and am going to speak on today is a YA novel titled Blink & Caution and features two runaway children in Toronto. The synopsis of Blink & Caution according to Wynne-Jones’s website is as follows:
Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads — and risk an unexpected connection — in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.
Boy, did you get off on the wrong floor, Blink. All you wanted was to steal some breakfast for your empty belly, but instead you stumbled on a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an “abducted” CEO, giving you a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now you’re on the run, but it’s OK as long as you are smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold.
Enter a girl named Caution. As in “Caution: Toxic.” As in “Caution: Watch Your Step.” She’s also on the run from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a night- mare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the bus station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naive, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel.
Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst — along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption. (TimWynne-Jones.com)
Throughout Blink & Caution the topic of gun use and gun violence is heavily situated within the protagonist and antagonist’s actions. So not to spoil the character development of Caution (the female protagonist), I will only say that Caution is plagued by the horrible guilt that she is responsible for the death of her brother in a freak gun accident. This role she plays in her brothers death transcends into dictating every move she will make throughout the duration of the story. In the Afterword, Wynne-Jones writes of the real life happening that inspired the motivations behind Caution’s running away from home.
While I agree with Tim Wynne-Jones in that guns kill people and help people kill other people, I want to know the opinions of my readers. In the comments below, what is the importance of gun violence representation within literature? Is it people or guns who kill? One of the most interesting pieces of writing information that I have heard came from Veronica Roth who in turn was told so by her editor. The advice was that a gun should not be in a scene of writing unless it is going to be shot. What does this say about the inevitability of violence when there is gun participation in literature and in common society?