I saw an article the other day about a Chinese law that requires children to visit their parents frequently. If the kids don’t, parents can file a complaint about them with the government.
Now, it’s a bit sad that they have to legislate this (I mean, really people, visit your parents! ) But, it also sounds like it could be the premise of a fiction novel. Now, of course in any fiction novel, you’d have a sinister government with punishments (like death or beheading) that far outweighed the crime, and you might even have sinister parents who would threaten their children with reporting if they didn’t go above and beyond what was expected. Or you could have sinister children who lock their parents away and threaten them to keep them from alerting the state. It could be really great.
I guess writers have always ripped premises from the headlines, but, as a person who wrote a book about a society that had changed to legislate things that people nowadays have a choice about doing, this one jumped out at me.
So, are there any headlines that you’ve seen recently that would make a cool book premise? Or what’s your favorite book premise?
My favorite premise is obvious: Kelsey Reed lives in a world where she must donate her kidney to an ailing man, or be sentenced to death (from Life First). The premise of Wool — people living in silos underground after an atomic detonation leaves the earth’s surface uninhabitable — is very cool as well.
Tomorrow’s the fourth, so have fun celebrating this great nation’s independence.