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Movies Versus Books


I always used to dread when a book I read, even if I didn’t love it, was made into a movie. Never was it a faithful adaptation, and I was always disappointed I could not see the exact character in my head come to life. As I have grown (older, wider, wiser) that has changed. Well, at least some.

Firstly, I now realize the character and interpretation of the story I have in my head is just mine. Others who read the same material might not have built the world the same way, and colored it with their own experiences. Re-reading old favorites really demonstrates this, as I often catch parts I missed on the first, second, or third read-through.

Secondly, so much of the telling of a story in literature form takes place within the character’s head. That is difficult to portray in a visual form, though there are techniques that can aid this. The best directors do this well, but they still cannot convey everything. Video format is the ultimate form of “show, don’t tell” because that is exactly what it does.

Thirdly, people and time cost money! The vast, sweeping details in the written form are limited when filming. They can only have so many sets. Favorite characters might be dropped or merged together, just because it is difficult to hire a huge cast, especially for minor characters. I mean, really, do you expect them to keep paying the same actor for a 5 minute role per movie, spread across a 10 year franchise? What if he gets a better job elsewhere? Money is a limiting factor, and, again, the best directors are still able to create a great film.

Now, when I watch a movie or series based on books I have read, I watch to see the director’s vision of this favorite. He or she will tell the story in a different way, and solve the budget, set, and actor/character issues in a  creative way, giving me something new with an old favorite. As long as the basic spirit of the story is still there, I will (try) to relax and enjoy it. For example, on Netflix’s “The Last Kingdom”, the actor for Uhtred is physically very than the character from Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series. Alexander Dreymon IS Uhtred, though. Everything he does is exactly the character in the book, at least in spirit.

I still cannot relax when the science is wrong, wrong, wrong! Ten percent of your brain, NOOOOOOOO! Eh, that’s why I love fantasy. I can always say, “Maybe in that world mountains form without tectonic plates…” It gets me through, as long as the director or author still follows their own made-up rules.

Relax and enjoy the movie (or TV series). Like I plan to with the new Dune adaptation!

The complete Season 1 is available!

The complete first season is available now on Amazon. Here is the link, depending on your country: US (amazon.com), amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk.
Here is a quick bit on what it is about:

Raxad betrayed the Empire and all that he was to save his brother.
He failed.
Punished for his betrayal, his torment lasts for thousands of years until he is freed by a child mage. Wanting only to be done with duty, he still must make a vow to a strange man to free himself and the boy.
In his escape, he rescues a kidnapped princess, plunging him into a world of politics and intrigue, the strings of Fate snaring him tightly.
Navigating this world is dangerous, especially for the child who did nothing wrong besides save Raxad. Can he save this child and free himself from the tangles of this strange place?
Betrayer Awakened is an epic, sword and sorcery fantasy told in a serial, episodic format. Expect cliffhangers, action, and complex world-building!

What is your preferred way to get new books? Amazon Kindle and/or Kindle Unlimited? Kobo? ibooks? Free sites like ProlificWorks? I am looking at taking my stuff wide, but I have not yet decided.

Now with the new year, I really need to keep up on posting regularly. I let myself get distracted by the holidays, and just didn’t put up much. Eh, it happens. I will do better!

Write to Market

I like to bake. Well, preparing food in general is fun for me. I enjoy seeing people enjoying the food I make, but I also like to eat that which I make. My best dishes are usually the ones I really savor, so I know just exactly what to add to raise it to the next level.

Downside with this is that sometimes my favorite dishes are not the ones my family enjoys. When that happens, I have to eat all of it, if I do not want it to go to waste. Also, cooking and baking just for myself just is not as much fun.

How does this relate to writing?

If I (or you) only write what I love to read, I may make a great story that can only be enjoyed by one consumer. Me. That is not my intention as a writer. Part of the fun is seeing or hearing of the reactions from my readers. If I do not consider what people want to read, or what tropes are necessary for my genre, then I might not have the readers to  share this complex world and get to know the characters I love.

I don’t like to eat fish, so I really can’t cook it well. How can I tell if it needs more or less seasoning, or if it is overcooked? It still tastes like fish! I know many other people love fish, and I do wish I could, too. It looks delicious. It is just not for me. There are a few limited dishes from the sea I can eat, but this is an exception, not the rule.

I cannot write in genres I do not enjoy reading. Romance is one of those. I have no problem with a love story, but the HEA (Happily Ever After) just does not work for me, usually. Real life is messier than that. I know many, many people enjoy these, but I know my limits. If I tried to force myself to write a romance, it just would not be as much fun to create, and I am sure a reader would see through my half-hearted effort.

Still, one must always consider whom is the target audience in order to craft the best story and characters for that group of people. Hopefully I hit the market correctly. If not, I shall forever languish in the bin of obscurity.

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If you want to read my published work, check out the first episode of the serial: Betrayer Awakened, Season 1 Episode 1″Escape”.)

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