Jules Verne comes off as a revolutionary thinker, his wild imagination brought a refreshing angle to stories. In Verne’s first book, Five Weeks in a Hot Balloon, the writer takes readers on an exploration of a remote continent that had barely been explored. While the writer wanted the geographical locations to be treated as factual, recent developments in Geography prove otherwise. The adventures and people mentioned in this account are purely fictional. Jules Verne’s first novel enjoyed immense popularity as it touched on a new land that had barely been explored. Taking this trip with Verne was an exquisite adventure that not many writers could pull off easily.
Writing in 1800 was mainly focused on social issues that were facing Europeans. Jules Verne took an entirely different approach with a wild adventure, he offered an explorer’s perspective of the world. Narrating on regions that you have not traveled calls for immense creativity in your work. This vivid imagination is what makes Jules Verne to be treated as the father of modern science fiction. By introducing readers to wild stories of exciting adventures, Jules sparked a whole genre in writing. While fiction writing has always been around, he brought a new twist to creating fiction.
A distinct mark of the work of Jules Verne is the futuristic element deployed in narrations. In ‘five weeks in a balloon’ readers are introduced to three main characters, DR. Samuel Fergusson, Joe; a man servant under Fergusson’s employment and a professional hunter who goes by Richard Kennedy. By using just a few characters to develop a fascinating plot Jules Verne showed reader his prowess in writing fiction. The most distinct feature about their journey, is the mode of transport the writer chose to use in the narration. While air balloon travel was not around in 1863, Jules had imagined what that mode of travel would feel like, besides imagining a new way to travel, he suggested that it could work for a long trip.
Verne stands as a brave writer who was ready to pursue wild ideas and build stories around them. During the writer’s professional career, Jules published over 54 books that were translated into different languages. Jules Verne’s is the second-most translated writer after Agatha Christie. As an author, Jules Verne enjoyed significant commercial success from the sale of novels. Verne commanded a huge audience due to the exciting portrayal of characters on wild adventures in unruly environments.