Friday, January 8, 2010

Scandalous!

It's a fun daydream of mine to write a Jewish book in which:
  • Every single Jewish character does not become frum in the end/ Moshiach comes
  • The characters are not two-dimensional
  • There are no scary phone calls from people with thick, guttural, Arab accents
  • If a father passes away, no secret compartments or secret envelopes are found in his study
  • The imagery is not overplayed right in the beginning, to prove it's a professionally written book, but then forgotten altogether after the second chapter
While I'm on the subject, some Jewish novels have problems with their plots and storylines that are clearly mistakes. Take the book "The Eye of the Storm".
The family is planning a trip to India. The mother is terrified when she gets a mysterious phone call by an Arab with a guttural thick accent warning her that there would be danger if she and her family went to India. The father was not scared enough to change his travel plans, they went anyway, and (it's not much of a spoiler, because a) it's a bad book, and b)this happens in the beginning) the parents get captured, along with one of the sons.
As you find out much later in the book (and this is a spoiler), the plan was to draw the family out to India in order to capture them.
Now one second. Why would the bad guys try scaring them off from coming, if the whole plan was to get them to come??!!!
Also, a surviving son grows up and starts a yeshiva, which (another spoiler) is meant to just spy on the organization next door. This son works very hard to get a particular Rosh Yeshiva, and a specific type of yeshiva, when all he had to do was snoop around in the bushes, if he wanted to spy on the group of people in the area. Why convince a Rabbi to leave the Yeshiva in which he taught, and attract bochurim from other Yeshivas? If he wanted a legitimate enterprise next door, he could have just opened up a carwash or something.