After I raised the idea of case-study questions, I tried my hand at writing one.
I'm still a bit uneasy about this, since it seems to edge into literary criticism. But I'm eager to try, because I think this type of question gives us the opportunity to answer deeper questions regarding full-formed fiction. I think this can be good for us.
Does the question work for you? Do you think it's appropriate for Writers.SE? Do you think we should encourage more questions in this vein? Do such questions need any kind of additions, guidelines, or special attention?
EDITED TO ADD: Since those interested found my first attempt confusing, I've come up with a wider selection, on better-known books:
- Preventing the symbolic conflict of "Hunger Games" from overshadowing widespread social plight (The Hunger Games)
- How could the surprise-villain thread have been less contrived in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"? (Harry Potter)
- What methods does Rowling use to establish Dumbledore as being wise and trustworthy? (Harry Potter)
- Could a different structure for "Feast of Crows" have been a better solution to Martin's five-year-gap? (Song of Ice and Fire)
I cheerfully invite vigorous and critical discussion of whether any/all these are "good" questions and how well they fit our site (and what we'd like the site to be). Furthermore, if anybody would like to try their own hand at writing a case-study question, I'd be very interested to see others' take on the idea.