To make a contemporary novel timeless, an author needs to balance the use of outdated technology and the most recent fads and trends.
As a reader, you never noticed the lack of computers in Harry Potter, no matter when you read it.
However, the book series and TV show Pretty Little Liars would never have succeeded without the inclusion of cell phones.
Technology is constantly improving and here to stay. I think it is best to include as long as the technology isn’t a short-term craze.
Since my latest book is a young-adult fantasy novel, I recognized my core audience uses technology all the time, so I decided to invent an app.
The Light of Supremazia is about a girl who can see spirits. PhantomFollow is an app that tracks spirits, and its gone viral at Vita Post Mortem Academy. The more famous or rare the spirit, the more points the player gets. See the app in the app store above. 🙂
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I wonder how many of your readers will go to the app store looking for PhantomFollow? Great pointer on the use of relevant tech in your genre. Cheers. -SRG
Haha, I hope they go searching for it! Thank you!
I never thought about this before, but it’s so true! And it’s the same with classics–I don’t even notice the lack of technology in, say, Wuthering Heights. But when you think about it, it’s incredible that I don’t!
That’s the sign of a timeless novel, right? Not sure it would survive as a modern work today!
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