Okay, I have this idea I've been mulling over for a potential new project to begin working on sometime this year. Can you believe it's 2010 already? Geesh!!! I have some, not all, of the basics noted down, figured out the potential names for the characters (though I'm not sure whether the names will stick at this point), and have an idea of the magical object that is at the core of the story. I still also have a ton of things to work out in the story.
But, my main questions are: Can a novel be both snarky and serious? Does the snarkiness diminish the serious tone of the novel?
You see, I want one of the main characters to have an A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E! A serious, serious, very snarky attitude! In many ways, this story will be a mockery of . . . well, can't tell you that, state secret, you'd have to give up first born child for me to tell you the secret, and all that jazz. Even though some serious mocking will occur, there is also a seriousness to the story, emotional depth, a coming of ageness to this story as well.
Can the mockery and seriousness, the snark and the emotional depth, walk hand and hand down the yellow brick road?
No, I'm not doing a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, I just liked the image of the yellow brick road.
Is such a balance between snark and seriousness doable? Am I biting off more than I can chew? Should I just focus on one aspect - snark or seriousness - and not attempt both?