Hi! My current project is (this is kind of a vague description, be wary!) about a young girl (around 17 or so) who was forced to return home to train for the Tribulation Matches. It's dystopian, and she's magical with very coveted all extensive earth powers for which the government has a special interest in her for. Though she is forced to return home after the murder of her mother and betrayal of the boy she loved, and the reality that her world is seriously screwed up, she naturally decides that the situation can be beneficial to her as well as she's been dealing with a lot of anger and intense feelings about the entire thing that happened two years ago. My issues so far: How far to go with the idea of revenge? Is it enough to power the entire novel (there's obviously other things that happen that doesn't just involve the revenge angle, but in the beginning it's a big part) It's essentially what drives her to win the Tribulation Match and become the Elites 'Champion' so that she can go work for them and bring them down. Is that too cliche? (It's okay to give me real feedback, because that's what I can use, even if it might be a little hurtful! Constructive critiscm is what I'm looking for!) If so, what can I do to make sure it doesn't go that way? I was also told my Tribulation Matches kind of reminded a reader of the Hunger Games which I want to COMPLETELY avoid, for obvious reasons. The gist is this: The Tribulation Matches are not to punish the magical community, though it does oppress them in a way since only the magical children are required to participate as everyone loves to see a good superpower fight. They are to ease the fears of the regular humans who would otherwise be too afraid of the magical community to allow them to live and would more than likely become vigilante and rise up against them without the Matches. So yes, the Matches are used as a controlling tactic. However, the fear the humans have of the magical community is most definitely faciliatated by the government's propaganda, as well as the "need" for the magical community to participate in the Matches to save themselves. The contestants don't fight to the death, though the magical community is split up into sectors and only compete within their sectors that are spread throughout the country. Occasionally, by "accident" a young person will die, but it doesn't happen frequently enough to cause suspicion among the magical communities. At the end of the Matches, the few winners are granted acceptance into regular society, which means a job within the government and a better life, essentially since the humans will accept them. They still aren't allowed to use their magic for any other purpose than self-defense, survival, or for their services to the Elites even after the Matches though. I'd love some feedback about this idea! Register to remove this ad Thank you to all who can help!