actually, there is. I’ve also changed the “eight things” scene right before the epilogue to “five things”, because the number five is actually very symbolic.
The meaning behind the number five is often related to “Man”, whose head and four limbs form the five-pointed pentagram as well as having five fingers and five senses. This relates to my novel because one of the main reoccurring themes is the duplicitous nature of humanity. Also, in Christianity, the numer 5 also signifies sacrifice, which the pivotal characters in Paper Stars all undergo.
Hopefully that all makes sense!
probably letting one of my closest friendships fall apart. He and I were best friends in 8th and 9th grade, but I took him for granted, and he’s fallen in with a rude, asshole crowd, and he’s not the same anymore.
(circa 8th grade)
Oh, certainly not. XD I first got the idea of writing a holocaust novel when we read a story about it in 7th grade, about Anne Frank. I was hooked after that, and while we were working on this report for it, a sort of “what woud you do if you were in the holocaust” thing, I got really creative and decided to create these two characters: a catholic girl and a Jewish boy who fell in love. After that, I wanted to write more about my characters, so I started doing some research and watching some movies, and so my first draft, called first “From the Other Side of the Fence” and then “Letters from Benjamin” began. It was about a dark-haired girl named Cecily who’s the daughter of a Nazi official. She begins working as a nurse’s assistant at a concentration camp and she meets Jewish prisoner, Benjamin Jastrow.
I got tired of that, though, because it was too much like “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”, and then I started “The Martyrs”, later “Fly Blackbird”, which was about a girl named Sara Eisenberg and Benjamin Jastrow, two Jews in poland who grew up together and are eventually forced into a labor camp with their families.
But I didn’t like how it was turned out, so I decided to kind of go back to my original idea of forbidden love. And that is how the Sara Fleischer, Benjamin Jastrow and Saul Eberstark were born. Saul was actually an accident: originally, I was just free writing and I decided that the neighbors should have a son, and hey, maybe the son could be a friend of Sara’s. And then I started getting really attached to him, so I was like, fuck it, you’re going to be a big character. Same with Klaus, Ralf, Edith, Caleb and Daniel.
So I hope that huge novel answers your question!
5 years old,I think (the camera turned on on its own, I’m not a model,ok)
I’m four here
workin those floral tights
and I think I’m three here
Thank you! So I’ll post pictures of her children when they’re younger
Young Caleb (now 58)
Young Nicko (now 54)
Young Hanna (now 49)
young Kurt (now 29)
young Josef (now 23)