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Movies vs. Books

So I saw The Avengers the other day and liked it a lot.  It got me started thinking, though, about the differences between movies and books.  They’re both ways of telling stories, but their delivery is very different.  Movies have sight and sounds.  Books have sight, but in word form rather than pictures.  Senses are touched in different ways.  Do I prefer one over the other?  I love going to the movies, sitting in a theater and being immersed in a movie.  I like just as much to curl up on a couch and read a book.  I really came down to which impacts me more.

When I think back on movies I’ve seen, I remember mainly my impression of it.  Good, bad, or okay.  That’s pretty much it.  I remember who starred in it and the overall story line, but beyond that, it’s pretty much a blur.  I can’t remember how everything played out, and I certainly can’t quote lines.  I could watch a movie a second time and have the same reaction — unless it’s one of my all-time favorites.  Those, I remember with much more passion.

Books, for some reason, capture my imagination to a greater degree.  Maybe it’s because I normally spend more than 2 hours with a book.  Maybe it’s because I’m given the chance to delve deeper into a character’s thoughts.  Maybe it’s because with a book, the brain has to work a bit harder to visualize everything?  I don’t know, but books remain very vivid in my head.  If I look at the cover of a book I’ve read, I’ll remember at least one scene that impacted me. (If it’s a good book, that is…)  Sometimes, I might even remember dialogue.   If it’s a romance I read a decade ago, just thinking about it can make my heard squeeze.

For me, books go into long-term memory and stick.  Movies, not so much.  That doesn’t mean I love them any less.  It’s just a totally different entertainment experience.  So which do you remember better?  Movies you’ve seen or books you’ve devoured?  Do you prefer one over the other?  Or is this just a writer thing?

Brenda Novak’s online auction for the cure of diabetes

Vivi Andrews, Jodi Redford, and I have donated a superhero gift pack to Brenda Novak’s online auction for the cure of diabetes.  So far, this annual auction has raised over $1.3 million dollars to help find a cure.  This year, the money from the efforts will be donated to The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami.   Go check it out.   There are lots of fun and unique things up for auction, and the money goes to an important cause.

The Bookpushers interview

The Bookpushers has posted an interview with Samhain editor, Sasha Knight, and the authors of the Midnight Justice trilogy.  (Breaking Bad by Jodi Redford, Superlovin by Vivi Andrews, and Blade of Moonlight by Kimberly Dean.)  If you want to read some behind the scenes info on how the stories developed, everyone’s favorite superheroes, and how those awesome covers came to be, just click on the link.

Eavesdropping

I overheard a conversation today.  It was one of those hush, hush talks that draw your attention more than loud yakking.  It didn’t take me long to figure out what they were talking about.  Once I did, it made me smile.  They were talking about 50 Shades of Grey.  One lady had read it, while the other one had never heard of it.  I heard words like “graphic” and “can’t put it down”.

Welcome to the party, gals!  This is not new, it’s called erotica and erotic romance.  We’ve been here for a while, and there are lots of stories and authors to choose from.  50 Shades has certainly reinvigorated the genre, and high fives for that.  It just cracked me up how giggly they were, like they’d discovered something they shouldn’t have (but were secretly happy about it.)

I kept my head down and didn’t say anything.  I didn’t want to be drawn into that particular conversation.  I could just imagine how it would have gone… “Have you read it?”  “I write it.”  Ha ha ha…  I didn’t want to spoil their fun or make them embarrassed.

There’s nothing to be embarrassed about if you want to read these books, gals.  Just pull them up on your e-reader and nobody will ever know.  🙂  In fact, an excellent starter book would be My Secret Life, which comes out this Thursday in the U.S.  I’ve even heard rumors it will be available for an introductory low price!  After that, look for Blade of Moonlight on May 1.

Can not wait!

Mischief!

Ready to get into some Mischief?

HarperCollins UK is starting a new erotica/erotic romance imprint, headed up by former Black Lace editor Adam Nevill!  Today is launch day, so I can finally tell you that I’m contributing to this line.

My naughty short story, “Women’s Studies”, will be included in a collection called My Secret Life.

Here’s the blurb:

Pursuing a secret liaison that you dare tell no one about, ever, is an enduring sexual fantasy, so here is an erotica anthology featuring explicit stories of getting away from it all to do your own naughty thing.

Being married but meeting a stranger in a motel room, getting hooked on a test for an unusual product, returning to an ex for great sex while every instinct screams “stay away from him!”, going too far with a husband’s best friend, getting caught in the web of a dominatrix … just a few of the thrilling private moments revealed in ‘My Secret Life’.

Mine is the “getting hooked on a test for an unusual product.”  Ha!  Love that.

This is a return to my erotic roots, so be warned, this is extra spicy reading material.  The book won’t release until April 19, but it’s available for pre-order now.  Check it out!

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When character development goes bad

I’ve been looking forward to the return of Fairly Legal on the USA Network.  It premiered last night, and I was a bit late turning it on because I was on a writing roll.  (As a side note, I can’t believe it’s on in the same time slot as Grimm and A Gifted Man.  Why are these three shows relegated to Friday night TV?  But I digress…)

I tuned in right about the time Kate was tangling with a smarmy lawyer.  Apparently this guy is a new full-time character.  Honestly, I was dismayed.  I don’t understand what the writers were thinking.  They had a good mesh of character types, all with their quirky flaws.  I tried to ignore this guy, hoping he would eventually fit in but he never did.  He didn’t fit into the cast of characters, and he didn’t fit in with the setting.  He didn’t even fit in with the story line, because I didn’t once believe this guy was a high-priced, savvy lawyer.  An ambulance chaser?  Maybe…  But I still wouldn’t want to watch him.

Characters need to be fully fleshed out, and even villains and bad guys need to have some redeeming features.   Kate’s adversary, Lauren, has these in spades.  You understand the predicament she’s in, trying to save her dead husband’s law firm and why she’s wrapped up so tightly.  This new guy — honestly, I didn’t even bother to remember the character’s name — was just obnoxious.  Nobody likes a smart mouth, and that seems to be his reason for being.

Maybe the show developers thought he could be eye candy, that they could develop a love triangle between Kate, Justin, and Mr. Unctuous.   I don’t know, maybe I missed a “cute meet”.  It wouldn’t have mattered.  I’m sorry, I’m sure the actor is a fine guy, but putting him up against Anders from Battlestar Galactica?  Forget about it.

One character (just like any bad apple) can spoil the show, the book, the play, or whatever else you’re developing.  Perhaps the writers thought viewers would watch to see this guy get his comeuppance.  Sorry, I turned it off before the first episode was even over.  What can I say?  It’s like when a book series you love goes sour.  I’m sorely disappointed, but I guess it will make my Friday night viewing choices easier.  Sigh.