What is a pastiche, do you ask?
According to Dictionary.com, it is:
1. a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.
2. an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.
Ask most writers who their favourite writers are, and they will readily name one or two. We come across many in our reading, and in subtle ways each author leaves an impression. And the inspiration rarely is contained in books, as it can reach you from any angle as long as you are aware.
I didn’t like that, so I shall not use it in my style.
That was awesome! I will need to find my own form of it.
What is it that makes me unable to put this book down?
That scene in a movie is exactly what I want to have in my story!
– Mo –
Is there something that never fails to inspire you?
Is there an author whose style of writing you hope to imitate or pay homage to?
– Mo –
So many awesome words to define this merging of styles, whether refined or chaotic. Pastiche, hodgepodge, farrago…
Farrago would be a great name for an unwitting anti-hero on his journey of discovery towards becoming a true hero! This may need some investigation!