Well, once again I have found myself wrestling with a thought. Last night I had an epiphany for Miss Midas that, at the time, seemed brilliant. Now, I’m having my usual round of doubts.
To be brief, (and cryptic) I’m wondering if I should take out the Shakespeare/Much Ado about Nothing theme and replace it with a Fitzgerald/The Great Gatsby theme.
Overall, I think that the Gatsby theme works better with Jane’s character arc. Much Ado about Nothing bears no comparison to the story. Also, I’m enchanted with the idea of having the Top Strata give Last Blast a Roaring 20’s theme. I think the Jazz Age, with it’s hedonism and extravagance works so well with everything the Top is about.
That said, what average YA reader is familiar with/would relate to F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby? Not many, but everyone knows Shakespeare. And, Last Blast could have a Shakesperian theme. . . maybe.