Rule the first - steal ideas from successful people.
Rule the second - don’t get sued for stealing ideas from successful people.
Your female lead needs to be made up of three main components: self centeredness, a superiority complex and a constant need to mouth off about how no one understands her. She’s also an angel. Literally. Halo, wings, glowing, etc.
- The love rival.
- The bully who secretly has a heart of gold and turns good in the end.
- The evil nemesis.
- The single parent who is doing their best but feels like it’s never enough because their kid is a douche.
- A monkey. People really like monkeys.
Two words: wizard school. ‘Fogmorts’ if you will.
Why are a vampire and an angel at wizard school? Well, he has been kicked out of so many schools because of his various troublemaking exploits that this is the only one left that would take him. Throughout the novel he slowly learns what is really important in life (even though he’s dead) and straightens himself out. People love that stuff.
And her, well she was set up by some bitchy cheerleader angels at her last school for theft/minor arson/whatever crime suits your fancy. Fogmorts was the next closest school to her home. Her goal from the beginning of the book is to get revenge on those who wronged her, because isn’t that what being an angel is all about?
The two leads fall in love while trying to solve a series of cryptic messages hidden in old paintings. They may or may not be followed around by an albino. If you’re lazy, he could also be your rival love interest.
I know it doesn’t make sense, but trust me, people won’t notice. And if all else fails, put a bomb on a bus.
Freedom (suck it Jonathan Franzen, you don’t own that word. It’s someone else’s turn to be in Oprah’s book club)
Larry Cotter and the framed angel of Fogmorts
The Highlight Saga: Blue moon