I have met this fellow cat lover on Twitter (I've met most of our guests on Twitter. Have you noticed that?) and have come to appreciate the friendship of the self-proclaimed nerd, B.J. A great supporter of other people's dreams, she is willing to help out and share the spotlight. Whereas I had three sons, B.J. has three daughters. She grew up in Hull, Iowa, the daughter of a farmer, which is the setting for her YA Paranormal book, which received 23 five star reviews. Be sure to click over to Amazon and pick up your copy today. Also, be sure to visit her to find out more at her website.
Before turning it over to B.J., I wanted to just say thank you for participating. It is a pleasure to have you here at the Mess and I'm sure our readers are going to enjoy sharing their Saturday with you. I know I did.
And now, heeeeere's B.J.
Quick! Name the last movie you went to see in the theater. Was it a huge, action packed sequel? Was the main character a superhero, a robot, or a down and out dancer that decided to up their game and pair up with someone from the other side of the tracks? Was it a remake of a movie that had already been made 30 years ago but is now full of special effects, nudity and gore?
Don’t get me wrong. I love a good comic book movie. In fact, the last movie I watched was “Man of Steel” with one of my teenage daughters. I’ve also been known to enjoy many a monster robot sequel and can periodically be found enjoying a flick involving young adults singing or dancing their way into my heart. But with so many movies packed with high-priced special effects in theaters today, as well as full-length carbon copies of the same movie over and over, I wonder at times…does anyone have an original idea anymore?
I’m not dogging the summer blockbuster. I love a good action packed movie as much as the next person, and romantic comedies are always on my must-see list. But it seems that the easiest thing for studios to do to bring in the big bucks is take an old television show or movie, make it modern, throw in some cool visual effects, sit back and wait for the money to roll in.
Now, I may cause a bit of a stir here, (or maybe not) but I wasn’t a huge fan of the “Twilight” series…the books or the films. However, with that being said I actually watched all of the movies…and catch myself from time to time rewatching them whenever they happen to air on television. Why? Because Stephenie Meyer took an old monster myth, like vampires, and put an original spin on it. It wasn’t anything I’d seen before. It wasn’t the same “Dracula” story we’ve read…or watched…numerous times. Whether you loved the movies or hated them, you can’t deny it was something different.
The same can be said for the movie “Jack the Giant Slayer”, Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies” and J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. Each took the supernatural and made it their own, creating something that was fun and unexpected in both writing and on screen. Personally, I enjoy the aspect of discovering something new in something that, throughout history, had been told only one way. Ghosts, zombies, vampires, monsters, or even Big Foot generally have one story…one beginning. But, it’s those writers and directors who take those topics and make it their own that keep people like me coming back for more.
This basic concept is what motivated me to write my debut novel, “Haunting”, a story about a teenage girl who falls in love with the ghost haunting both her dreams and her home. While ghosts have been written about numerous times and have been featured in multiple television shows and horror movies, I wanted to create my own mythology about why they’re stuck on earth, doomed to roam invisibly among us. The character of Jack, the ghost in my book, takes us on his journey through the afterlife and reveals the secrets that only those in the supernatural realm would know. Rather than being unable to cross over due to unfinished business, I wanted to come up with a completely different reason. Ultimately, I wanted my readers to finish reading it and ask themselves, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Any movie, or book for that matter, that can give me something I’ve never seen (or read) before…something that catches me off guard…will ultimately keep me interested. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “What’s the difference between updating an old television show and putting it on the big screen and updating monster mythology and doing the same?” In the end, it’s the difference between watching a big screen remake of “Land of the Lost” or watching Rick Riordan take Greek mythology and turning it into something modern like “Percy Jackson”.
I know it’s all a matter of preference. If you enjoy a good blockbuster and don’t mind all the repetition, I’m not here to judge. As I’ve said before…I like a good explosion and car chase scene as much as the next person. But for me, great writing, a creative storyline and a plot twist I’ve never seen before will forever keep my imagination flowing…as well as my money.
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