The second star (More Books) is the first novel by screenwriter Albert Plans, which was discussed this Wednesday at the Cultural Center, in an event organized by the Martorell Library. The presentation of the author and work was made by Puri Massa from Martorell, accompanied by the Councilor for Culture, Museums and Heritage, Andreu González.
Literary critics have very satisfactorily welcomed the work, which is halfway between the thriller, science fiction and science fiction road novel (road novel). The protagonist, Sara, struggles to survive all the obstacles that will be posed to her since she wakes up in the middle of an industrial building in Barcelona, she doesn’t remember who she is or knows why someone wants to kill her.
Plans (Sabadell, 1970) is a screenwriter and professor of screenwriting at the University of Lleida. In the field of television, he has been co-creator of Pig Misery and screenwriter of the series Location Bruts, Ventdelplà i Kubala, Moreno i Manchón, others. In film, he is co – writer of Phoenix 11-23 and several short films. He is also the author of the play Sunday afternoon.
Albert, your first foray into the novel has meant a major change of record, for you?
Yes, because my job has been and is to tell stories for the audiovisual world, and the narrative applied to the text to be read is a totally different challenge. We, when we write for the audiovisual, think that then someone will have to shoot it and interpret it. Instead, in literature you are the one who has to give all the information to the readers, and at the same time be able to create a text that, by itself, is attractive, that catches you, that the language used makes the reading interesting. . This whole component does a different job and is quite a challenge.
In the story, the protagonist is Sara, a debate between life and death. Tell us a little about this character.
Sara wakes up in an abandoned building in Barcelona, she doesn’t know who she is or that someone is watching her closely. She, at some point, experiences a power that we won’t explain, and as a result they want to eliminate her. It is the story of this girl, who tries to understand what they have done to her, why they want to kill her and who obviously wants to save her skin. And she does so accompanied by two characters who help her, but who have particular interests and are not very clear.
How did you think of Sara as the protagonist of the novel?
-This character is young. She is a girl born in Ukraine and here she is in an irregular situation, which puts her in a state of vulnerability. What interested me about this story, in addition to the character, is what happens to us when we lose our memory and no longer remember who our mother is, or if the photo we see in front is that of our boyfriend, brother it seems. The loss of any reference, an element of not knowing who you are, which also marks Sara’s personality.
A highlight of The second star it is his fast-paced, short and very intense chapters that have earned him the label of ‘road novel’ or road novel.
This is somehow given because my career as a screenwriter makes me tell stories in small scenes, and the small scenes, added together, shape the story. It starts in Barcelona, but at some point the characters must embark on a journey to understand and discover what is happening to Sara. A journey through a territory severely affected by the climate crisis, and which takes us first to the Pyrenees, and then to the Ebro, Altea and Provence. Basically, it’s a very classic structure: travel stories, of someone who went on an adventure on a trip… the typical movie story in which there are people who take a car asking questions and make a trip to find the answers.
Is it like a journey of initiation for Sara?
The character must find himself. Losing memory makes one wonder who she is, and it also has a key feature that makes her mature: a very special power that makes her a person with the ability to do terrible things, if she wants to. And we all wonder what we would do when you have a power that makes you someone who can dominate others, who makes you better, or who transforms you into a monster. Sara will have to manage this.
The cover of the book is by Ignasi Font, and it already shows this point of suspense, right?
Yes, and it’s a great cover. Ignasi has taken many elements of the novel, which has science fiction and fictional arguments thriller, which draws the reader into the intrigue, the questions generated by the novel and which, little by little, get answered as you read it.
At the beginning of the novel is an excerpt from the diary of historian and chronicler Jeroni Pujades, who says that “on September 30, prodigious things happened.” Did it serve as a source of inspiration for you?
This text is from the 16th century and narrates some extraordinary events, some battles that take place in the sky. An incredible thing that is not invented, facts that, according to him, were real. It has not been the starting point, but from here I have looked for documentation and found a good entry into this world between real and fantastic which is the novel.
What people who have already read it are telling you The second star?
A lot of people who are reading it have told me that it catches them, that it gets stuck in the story and that they want to know more. God save us from adventures like the ones he has to go through!
Apart from this novel, do you have other projects in the pipeline?
Right now I have a series script project starring a girl with fantastic elements. We are now writing the pilot chapter. We have encouraged a number of screenwriters and a producer. In itself, raising an audiovisual project is already an epic and we are on the right track, for now.
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