I just finished reading Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer (Harper Teen, 2011).
In any dystopian/fantasy/paranormal novel, the author faces the question of how
characters accept the weird things that happen to them. If the hero stubbornly
refuses to believe in the bizarre events, he appears stupid. If the heroine
jumps on the paranormal bandwagon immediately, she isn’t credible. There must
be doubt, but not for too long.
does a fantastic job of portraying a girl who is torn between thinking she
communicates with ghosts and fearing she is going insane. Many of the episodes
occur at night and have a dream-like quality without ever being a dream. Also
the tastes of the alternate realm start small and expand as Tansy is drawn into
the ghost’s world. Her fear that others will find out increases as the ghost
begins to affect her perception of everyday life.
my current project, a fantasy novel, I need to revisit my protagonist’s
acceptance of the plot’s premise. She needs to spend some time walking the
tightrope between belief and disbelief.