Thursday, March 21, 2013

How To Predict (*Spoiler Alert!*)

Okay, so you guys saw the last post.  My randomness is very interesting, don't you agree?

Well, I've decided to follow up on my word and show you guys how to PREDICT what's going to happen in the Kuehl Kids.  If you don't want to know what's going to happen, don't read this post (but it should be tempting you right now...)

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Foreshadowing is basically when an author puts in a little glimpse of something that's going to happen in the future.

For example-

Ashley looked around.  She could feel a prickling sensation at the back of her spine.  In her mind's eye, she imagined someone jumping out at her, someone like the robber that had held up that 7-Eleven once.  She shook it off.  NOBODY is going to jump on me, she reminded herself.  Then she began walking. 

Could you spot the foreshadowing?  Look...

Ashley looked around. She could feel a prickling sensation at the back of her spine. In her mind's eye, she imagined someone jumping out at her, someone like the robber that had held up that 7-Eleven once. She shook it off. NOBODY is going to jump on me, she reminded herself. Then she began
walking.

Do you guys think that maybe someone's going to jump out at Ashley a little later?


I think the Kuehl Kids is pretty predictable (like the 39 Clues) but I'm going to give you guys a few freebies without DIRECTLY giving anything away.

Sometimes foreshadowing occurs, then something that implies the same thing occurs again.  By that time, it should be so redundant that you notice.  For example...

Then Jasper Jalling, one of the members of the SC, had gone rogue. He stole half of the formulas and kidnapped half of the children to make his own "superhero" team--except the "superheroes" he created were not superheroes, but supervillains.
1: This says that Jasper Jalling kidnapped *half* of the kids. 

But beneath the earth, there are four kids, two boys, two girls, that are having the time of their lives. 
2: This says that there are *4 kids*--the other half of the kids--who are under Professor Kuehl's care.


Add #1 + #2 = There must be 4 OTHER KIDS that Jasper Jalling kidnapped.

You might be thinking something like, Well, duh, right now.  But hold on.  And read the next part:

Everyone headed back. Professor Kuehl took one look at his monitor and blanched. "Oh, no," he said. "It can't be. It just can't be."

Four figures were standing on the plains.

3: Since the Kuehl Kids are in the Vision Room with the Professor and Almira, who do you think those kids are?

#1 + #2 + #3 = Those other kids must be....................

What do you think they're going to do?  Well...

In the meantime, the Professor kept an eye on outerworld events and trained his band of young people faithfully in case of an attack.

4: Hmmmm...  Refer back to the Ashley example. 

I'm just going to leave at that.

From now on, NO MORE SPOILERS.  I've given you too much as is ;)

Have fun thinking up what the kids are going to do. 

For foreshadowing, you often can't tell that it's foreshadowing unless you know what's going to happen.  I know what's going to happen, so I can give you the foreshadowing.  Other times, you don't know it's foreshadowing until it actually happens.  Then you look back and think, Ohhh!  How could I not know that?!

RCUBED over and out.

BTW, if you're confused, say so.  If you know me, ask me.  If you want, comment.  If you don't know me or who I am, Google "foreshadowing literary."  There should be a lot better explainers on the Web.



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