Friday, April 29, 2011

princess stories

Most little girls want to be one, me too if I can remember back that far and certainly today is a good day to daydream about gorgeous white dresses and tiaras and the pomp and attention that comes with marrying a prince.

Me, I'm too practical to get caught up in the romance of the situation, even today, but it has sparked my imagination. Princess stories can be fun to write, so here is where my imagaination has taken me.

A practical woman, raised to marry royalty, aware of the advantages it will give her, the way she can be an advocate for the undertrod and do real good in the world. Barely knows the prince, has never liked him, he seems too carefree, too much a playboy for my serious princess to be.
The prince doesn't want to marry, but he has no choice. He knows his duty, has never been allowed to forget his duty and so these two perfect strangers put on a wedding show for the world and once married begin the process of getting to know and love each other.

An updated marriage of convenience story.

I love when real world events spark fictional stories in my head and I'm sure right now, many, many writers have their own version of their princess story.

I'd love to hear what sort of princess story you would write? Would it be contemporary or historical? Paranormal even?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Characters you love to hate... or just plain hate.

I recently watched the Fighter. (I know… very late to the party). It was good of course and Christian Bale’s performance came singing through. Totally worthy of his Academy Award.

I also tried to appreciate Melissa Leo’s performance of the mother I really did… but WOW I hated her. The character… not the actress.
I hated the way she treated her sons differently. I hated her selfishness which was evident throughout the film. I get the actress was trying to accomplish this but when I spend time with characters I hate so completely I find it difficult to enjoy any element of the film.

Conversely the sisters, who I’m not sure if we’re meant to hate or not - I loved. They were in the background spouting out a line here or there making me laugh. They were endearing. Even Dickie was endearing. As awful as he was I was always rooting for him. The mother, however, like nails on a chalkboard.

I had the same problem with the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce. The daughter throughout this series is so horrible, so spoiled, so nasty and churlish I eventually had to stop watching. I couldn’t stand it. I needed to transport myself into the television and spank that kid. Again the actress (both child and grown woman) did this with intent, but I found the part too hard to watch and that’s not good.

I know we regurgitate the same information about writing all the time. But part of blogging about it and talking about it is so we can reinforce it. Creating a villain isn’t easy. Drawing someone who is selfish, evil, manipulative whatever… and still making them watchable and compelling is no small feat.

I love to hate the King from True Blood. I love to hate Nicky from Big Love. I love to hate the Queen most recently in Game of Thrones. Loving a nasty character is fun. It’s like taking a walk on the dark side with them for that hour or two.

Hating a character… well to me it means something was left out. The thing that makes the character human enough or vulnerable enough so although we know they are meant to be the villain we can still empathize with them enough to stay in their world for a time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Working on Ideas

Developing an idea for a new book is both the most exciting and most terrifying part of the writing process for me. Not quite as bad as going on submission, but close.

Since I started writing in the urban fantasy/sci fi world I tend to come up with the concept first, then the characters, then I often have to change the concept to fit my characters, or vice versa, a few times before I start to think I have something. Then part way through writing the book or even during revisions I usually realize I missed some great opportunity and have to rethink it all.

I wish I could be more efficient than this, but I'm not. And I also wish I were more open to other people's ideas at this early stage. I really wish I were. But I'm not. I feel like it would really help me, but for whatever reason as much as I want to get other people's thoughts, as much as I want to bash around ideas with someone else, it never works.

Poor Molly tried to talk about my latest shiny idea last weekend (at my invitation) and then I rudely shut her down. I need to learn this about myself. Cannot listen to other people's take on my ideas until I know what *my* take is. At that point I'm okay if someone else's idea is better (which it usually is) but I need to think it through first. And I'm terrible at articulating my ideas when I'm at this stage. Everything that sounds good in my head starts to sound stupid as it's hitting my tongue. I need to write it down, not say it.

Speaking of process, yesterday I blogged about the process of updating traditional fairy tales and coming up with the structure for the reader interaction for my Twisted Tales series at the Indigo Teen Blog. Here's the link if you're interested.

I was pretty excited when they invited me to do this blog. For those of you not living in Canada, Indigo is the largest (really only since they own the other two) national bookstore chain in Canada.

On a totally different topic. Has anyone else seen The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Hilarious. Scary. Cannot look away. I have avoided getting sucked into any of those other Housewife shows (the women are so horrible) and they are mostly horrible on the Beverly Hills one, too, but I got sucked in when I recognized one of the women as a former child actress who did tons of Disney movies when I was a kid. (Kim Richards) After Jodie Foster, this girl was the next most famous of the young Disney actors of that era, from what I can remember. And boy, is she a messed up mass of nerves now...

But the really obnoxious one is Kelsey Grammer's wife. She alternates between bragging about how rich she is or how hot she is, talking about how hard she works (while being seen doing nothing), name-dropping her husband's name, then getting angry that people don't recognize she has any value beyond being married to a famous rich actor. Oh, and I did I mention she has four full time nannies for her two kids? Sinead will love that one. Really, their lives are so similar they could be best friends. (not)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

National Readers Choice Finalist!

I'm pretty sure I had something cooking in the back of my head for this post, but it all completely flew away when I got a phone call yesterday afternoon telling me that Don't Kill the Messenger is a finalist in the Paranormal category for the National Readers Choice Award! Now I'm mainly sitting around smiling.

I know I should be content with my inner knowledge of a job well done, but, let's face it, outside validation rocks. It's awesome. When it comes from one's peers, it's double awesome.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter Weekend

Sorry, no blog post this Good Friday, but have a wonderful Easter weekend, and may the Easter bunny bring you calorie free, delicious chocolate.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Genres and Expectations

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about genres lately, mostly because I’ve been trying to cross them up with little success. And I realize how important it is to live up to people’s expectations. I’m not saying you can’t cross them up – but making two groups of people happy with the result of what you are doing isn’t easy.

Perfect example… Game of Thrones. Anyone see this? It’s the new HBO show and I’m going to give away just a little snippet of what happened in episode one to make my point.

Brother wants to reclaim his throne and basically offers up his beautiful winsome sister to a savage warlord so he can claim the warlord’s army and take back his crown. The man/beast is 6 ½ feet tall. Dark hair down his back. Painted face. And about as fabulous a body as I’ve ever seen on a man. (Sorry Eric from True Blood… but I haven’t seen you in months!)

The wedding happens. The savage beast leads off the poor girl. We see him strip her of her dress. She’s crying and trying to stay brave, we see the man kneel her down and…. Cut.

And I thought this is perfect. This is really going to showcase the difference between what is true fantasy sci-fi vs. what would be a romance novel.

Because let’s face it… in a romance novel – the savage warlord has some change of heart. Or maybe he only meant to scare her. Or his conscience gets to him. As a romance reader/writer my expectation of how this seen ends is that he’ll eventually stop before he rapes the girl. Then sometime soon in the future they’ll develop feelings for one another and eventually the warlord will have his way with the girl – but by then we’ll all know she’s totally down with that. Warlord guy is HOT after all.

But this isn’t a romance. This is fantasy sci-fi. And I have to believe that my expectations might not be met. I don’t know – because we never see the conclusion of the scene and maybe we won’t. Maybe we’re just supposed to assume it happened and that the warlord is an unfeeling caveman. Maybe the story is the girl just suffers through her marriage and some other result takes place between them. I don’t know. I don’t read enough in this genre to know if there is any particular pattern here.

It just really highlights that some things are absolutes. And making sure you know what those absolutes are is really important if you’re going to attempt to mix them up and make both groups happy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

When is a YA not a YA

Clearly we all have Passover/Easter fever or something. I almost forgot to post, too, and really don't have anything worth discussing.

And the one thing I have been thinking about, I want to wait to fully discuss, until after Molly and Sinead have seen the movie...

But as a teaser, I saw Hanna last week. It's a pretty great film, I think. Definitely a story I wish I'd written. Totally up my alley in terms of the kinds of stories I'm trying to write writing right now....

But it got me thinking about what makes a book or movie Young Adult vs adult. It's not just about the age of the protagonist. I've seen discussions on the topic before that made sense to me and if memory serves the differentiations had to do with the themes explored etc. but I don't think there are any obvious answers. It might be "you know it when you see it" and it might simply be a marketing decision. Some books, like the Harry Potter series and Twilight and The Hunger Games are clearly YA in my mind, but they get read by a ton of adults. But not all YA stories appeal to adults.

And I think with this current "hot trend" in YA a lot of books/stories are being released as YA that five or so years ago would have been published as adult books, regardless of the age of the protagonist.

Some books that come to mind that have kid protagonists but feel more like adult books to me include, Room, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, and The Book Thief. I recently bought a new YA, Between Shades of Gray, that I'm really looking forward to reading, and I suspect it might fall into that category, too. Certainly the topic feels adult to me, even though it was on the teen shelf at Indigo. (Thanks to new writer friend, Angela Cerrito, for pointing me to this book. Angela's debut novel The End of the Line has just been released, BTW. And it has a thirteen y/o protagonist but an adult sounding subject. Cannot WAIT to read.)

As for movies... I did post before about True Grit and how I thought it was kind of crazy that it was being marketed as an adult Western with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon as the stars, when clearly, to me, it was a young adult story with Hailee Steinfeld as its star...

Another book and movie that just sprang to mind is The Lovely Bones. I loved that book. LOVED it. And although the main character was young (and dead) I thought of it as an adult book. But I'll bet if it had been first released now, instead of in 2002, that it would have been released as YA. And they marketed the movie as YA, and it kind of bombed. I admit I haven't seen it, which is shocking because I see a lot (a ton) of films and was really looking forward to that one, until I started hearing negative things. Did they tame it down while trying to make it more of a teen story??

And then there's Hanna, with the same wonderful lead actress as The Lovely Bones, Saoirse Ronan. And while this story is clearly about a teen girl, and has fairy tale elements to it... To me it was completely an adult story.

Not sure I fully understand why I think this. Can't wait to discuss.

Anyone else seen Hanna? Thoughts?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Passover

I've had way too much to drink tonight to put together a cogent post. We had 20-some people at my house eating matzoh, drinking wine, singing and laughing. So just let me say, Yom Tov to you all and tonight while we celebrated freedom, I did contemplate how lucky I am to be able to write the stories I want to write.

Here's to freedom of speech (one of my faves)!

Friday, April 15, 2011


Have you ever noticed, out in the real world, that a lot of people hate to make decisions, more so in the workforce, because what if you make the wrong decision? If you never make a decision, then you can't be held accountable, right?

I'm paralyzed by this sometimes when I'm in the depths of a book. What if I make the wrong decision? What if deciding to have the heroine confront the villain in chapter twelve leaves me stranded with no where new to take the story in chapter fifteen, and with another 100 pages still needed to write?

If I'd added another element in chapter three would I have increased the tension in chapter ten?

There's an element of humility and ego to most writers. Ego in the sense that if we didn't believe we could create a cool, interesting world populated by involving characters, then we would never start writing, but at the other end, most writers question everything they put on paper, almost from the first word.

Because a wrong decision could have me completely re-writing the second half of the book, I think pretty carefully about how I set up my books and whether or not each decision has dramatic consequences, but it never feels like enough.

Does anyone else have this problem. Can anyone write a draft without having their internal editor nagging at them all the time?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Element Theft

I’m guilty of it. I steal them ALL the time. I should probably explain what I mean by elements because I think it’s really a story term I made up. It’s not a theme. It’s not the hook. It’s… an element.

For example in my last book I stole an element from the Temperance Brenan on Bones. I loved the idea of having someone – very smart – but with a deep seated fear that kept her separate from the world around her. My Camille wasn’t Bones. But she had a Bones like element to her that I wanted to explore.

I recently re-read the Iron Duke. In trying to break down what I loved so much about this book I realized there is an element to the hero that I love. The Duke reacts instantly to Mina and pursues her relentlessly. There is never any question whether or not he’s going to shag her. He’s going to shag her. It’s just a question of when. And for the me - that driven pursuit of something you want - is an element that I would also love to explore. So I will steal it.

Now I’m not going to lie, sometimes I do feel guilty about my thievery. I mean if I were a great writer (which obviously I’m not) I could develop elements that other people would like to steal.

Instead I let people do all the hard work and then I just pick and choose and mix and match and explore all the sides of the element the way I want to.

I know – it doesn’t seem fair. But then again I’m a thief and therefore fair doesn’t really enter into it for me.

What about you – anybody ever steal the made up thing I call an element? Go on. Confession is good for the soul.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Owning your ideas

I'm working on developing new ideas right now. Pulling out the idea file, parsing through them combining them, twisting them, trying to come up with my next project.

I  love this time. Usually. For most of my past books this pure creative development stage has been a joy. But it feels as if the more experience I get under my belt, the more pressure there is at this point. I hate thinking I'm being derivative or that the idea isn't big enough or interesting enough or deep enough. I know how much work and blood and sweat and tears it takes for me to do a book and so I want to feel confident that THIS IS THE ONE. (Even though I know it's impossible to know that.)

I started to read this post last week and it helped. It's titled "How to Steal Like an Artist". I need to go read it again. It is full of wisdom and words that make me feel better about myself. Nothing wrong with that.

But the other thing that's struck me while working on these new ideas is how important it is to own your ideas. Some people are better than others at taking someone else's idea and running with it. I'm not. I wish I was. Molly gave me a very cool idea on Saturday night when we were talking about our ideas. A twist on what I was doing that I hadn't thought of. But the more I try to expand on it, the more I try to imagine turning that idea into a story, the less it works for me. And it's a great idea. So here are the possible reasons why it's not sparking: 1) I'm dumb, 2) I'm too stubborn/proud to work on something that's not my idea, or 3) I can't make it come to life because I don't own it. It's possible, with more work and thought, I could own it. But I don't now.

I know another writer who has had this problem with a few books. At least that's my opinion of why she had problems with a few books. Stalling on coming up with her own ideas, she took sparks of ideas from others and then had a hell of a time forming them into her own story. Owning them.

So, I'm back to the drawing board, I think. Faking it until I make it. I hope.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Author Throw Down!

No. It’s not a cage match, although I wouldn’t mind seeing that. Damon Lindelof and George RR Martin are having an author feud h
. Sort of. In a New Yorker interview, Martin talked about his disappointment with how Lost ended and talked about being worried that he’d f*ck up the ending of his Fire and Ice series and “do a Lost.”

Lindelof fired back with a series of tweets. Seriously, has he seen Martin’s books? That man could no more be held to 140 characters than lightning could be bottled. Plus, it’s really hard to have a Twitter feud with a guy who is a) not on Twitter and b) is traveling and apparently doesn’t take his computer with him.

Regardless, it all reminds me a little of that book How I Became a Famous Novelist which if you haven’t read, you should. You will alternately laugh and weep as Hely lays bare what so much of us experience in the publishing industry. In the book, the narrator sort of accidentally starts a feud with a bestselling author and it vaults his own book into the limelight.

So I’m trying to decide with whom to feud. I’ve publicly dissed Stephenie Meyer and Elizabeth Gilbert repeatedly. They don’t seem to care. Clearly I need a much more thin-skinned bestseller or a more cogent and pointed attack. Lindelof seems pretty touchy and I did hate pretty much the entire last season of Lost. Really? C.J. from West Wing and a magic spring in a cave? That’s all they had for me? But now it seems done.

Anybody have any suggestions?

Monday, April 11, 2011

No. I don't want to.

I love writing. I really do. But today is the day I start a new book and I honestly can't believe I have to do it. I have to put together another 90,000+ words. I have to do that, right now. As soon as I stand up from this blog, it's start writing time. It's marked in blue marker on my calendar. Start Book Today.

Doesn't that seem ridiculous? If I start this right now, I jump right back into the grind. And I just left that grind, spent a week and a half reading and contemplating closet cleaning, picking fights with my husband and it was good. Normal. Lazy, even. But that's all over as soon as I open that file. The next months will vanish in character arc contemplation, arguing with myself over scene selection, hating my poor grammer and limited vocabulary, feeling good about myself only to feel terrible about myself ten minutes later. Getting caught up in some delicious suprise I didn't see coming and some hidden part of my character I managed to unearth. And then, when it's all over, worrying that it's just not good enough.


It's not that I'm not excited about my idea - I totally am. I have an opening scene in mind. But I have to start a book today. Just seems surreal.

Friday, April 08, 2011

What is the right idea?

I've posed a question I honestly have no answer for. The drunk writers are about to go into brainstorming mode for new ideas and I imagine that question might come up, and truthfully, I don't know who could answer it, except maybe an editor.

But even an editor probably only knows if they read a great idea written really well and it fits well into their list.

There are some authors, who by luck, or instinct, or some secret font of information who can hit a trend just as it's taking off. But most of us feel like we're struggling in the dark.

But I've known writers who've written amazing books to be turned down because they hit the market at the wrong time.

so when trying to figure out the next idea, do they come up with something completely new, or try and find a twist on an idea that is currently out there.

And I honestly have no answer to this question. I go back and forth on pretty much a constand basis.

On another note: The Vampire diaries started up again last night. The plotting on that show is amazing. Small details in a scene become significant dramatic points six episodes later. Those writers are so smart.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Old Ideas New Again

Okay so how many of you have done it? How many of you have tried at one point or another to take that old idea you had, maybe you even wrote a couple of chapters, and tried to brush it off and see if it still had some life.

I do this occasionally but not often with great success. One book I know I did this with was Suspect Lover. I pulled it apart, put it back together and thought it really worked. But when it finally came out it wasn’t reviewed all that well - why? Reviewers said it was disjointed. Hmmmm? Could it be the pulling apart and putting back together wasn’t so transparent to the reader?

And let’s face it. The main reason those old ideas didn’t work was because they weren’t that good. And here I’m using “good” to mean “sellable”. We have lots of great ideas. But we’re professional writers or aspiring professional writers so it isn’t enough to have a great idea – you need to be able to sell it.

I wrote a freakin’ A great book. It’s funny, suspenseful, heartbreaking and uplifting. It’s a great sports movie in book form. At least in my opinion. But it’s about a woman golfer. Yep. A woman golfer so amazing she qualifies for the Masters. A lot of agents who read it said basically the same thing. Love it. Can’t sell it.

Tweaking and reworking to come up with something new sounds good, but if at its heart its flawed (like an idea about a female golfer) then you could be spinning your wheels and wasting time.

I hear this a lot with new authors. They write that first book and it’s such a huge thing for them that they will do everything to hold on to it. Changing it and altering it trying to please the next person in line – which I think in some ways can ruin your story because you’re moving away from what this was in your head.

It’s a story about a female golfer, but maybe if I instead make her an actress it will work. It won’t. Who this character is, is built on all of the experiences I created for her. Plugging out the essence of her and switching it with something else I think would make for a lesser character and a lesser story.

On the flipside, I am considering going back to two characters who I loved and giving them a new plot. I originally intended them for a romantic suspense but never really loved the suspense element. It was a bit too hokey. But I realize maybe I can just focus on who these two people are and what their issues are as a couple. Granted – I still need to give them a plot to move the story but it makes me realize something interesting.

I can’t go back and make Reilly Carr (my favorite heroine name) anything else then what she is, but I can’t take these two people and who they are at their core and just send them on a different adventure. At least I hope.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My Books are Official!

It's still a little bit hard for me to believe, but I've actually seen copies, in real stores, so in spite of the bumpy road, and in spite of the April Fool's Day release date, I'm happy to say that my first two novels, Cinderella: Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer are officially out!

As Molly mentioned, last Friday night my family threw me a surprise book launch party and boy was it a a surprise. I didn't have a clue.

And look at the fabulous cake! Thanks to my sister, Sue, for that one! And mom for the stand up cards of my covers...

And here's a very red me... (It was a surprise party. No make up. Not even sure if I had clean hair. No, I'm sure I didn't...)

And here are some photos of the books in actual stores!

Thank you to my sister-in-law and to author Claudia Osmond for the photos. :) I've been reminded a lot over the past few days what a fabulous family and group of friends I have. Big hugs to you all.

I feel like I should be saying something about, you know, the books--but I've already been on a few blogs and will be doing quite a few more...

If you're interested in reading more about the books (and why wouldn't you be, LOL) here are a few links to other places where I've been blathering on. :)

Where the (not-so) Wild Things Are

Brant Flakes

Get Lost in a Story

And over the next few weeks I'll be interviewed/features at a bunch of lovely book bloggers' blogs. (say that fast five times)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

In Praise of the Set Up

I've been thinking about how much I love a good set up since I watched Date Night a week or so ago. The set up on that movie was great. I totally believed Tina Fey and Steve Carrell as a couple trying to keep it all together and I totally related to their struggle. There are things from the first 15 minutes of that movie that keep coming back to me. Tina Fey has a recurring stress dream about having sex with three men at once? I totally get it. It would be so stressful to try to please that many men at once! And the whole thing with her night guard when they come back from their date? Absolutely priceless.

I'm not so sure about the rest of the movie because I watched it while I was making witch hat cookies for the booksigning and had to pay attention to sticking Hershey's kisses to Fudge Stripe cookies with canned frosting (only the best for my fans!). Okay. FIne. I managed to drag my gaze off my work when Mark Wahlberg was on screen without his shirt, but other than that I was being really industrious. It kind of fell apart for me after a while, though. Without the kisses and the frosting and the fudge stripes, I'm not sure it would have held my attention.

I've read a few books where the set up was great, but didn't quite carry that promise through. Sock is one I can think of. Also the Yiddish Policeman's Union. The shtick made them charming at the beginning, but then got burdensome by the end. I might have finished both of them if I could have made cookies while I read them, but no suck luck.

How about you guys? Any books or movies where the set up rocked, but then lost you? And is a good set up enough for you? Will it carry you through to the end?

Monday, April 04, 2011

Molly's Perfect Day

1. I like being a little hungover
2. I have a slightly embarrassing but totally absorbing love for the JR Ward books
3. I have kids

If you answered false to two or more of those questions, my day of bliss may not resonate with you, but I'll tell you about it anyway. I might use more numbers. In fact On Friday:

1. I sent rewrites of one book to my editor
2. I sent the finished second book to my critique group

And if that wasn't reason enough to celebrate, Maureen's family was throwing her a suprise celebration for her launch day. At an Irish Pub. Clearly, I was going to be a mess on Friday night. To make it all better my husband agreed to take my kids up to my in laws on Saturday morning, leaving me and my hangover all alone. All day. AND the new JR Ward book came out just a few days before.

Thursday afternoon I went through a ridiculous search and destory mission trying to find the Ward book, dragging my kids in and out of the truck, through Wal-Mart's and Costco's. Grocery Stores and drug stores. No luck. My day of bliss of was in serious jeopardy. But then when I met up with Maureen for our pre-drinks drinks - she told me she had the new one at her house. And I could have it! Saved. I just had to carry this hardcover book around, to a party. No problem.

Drinking ensued. Sinead got rowdy. Which is how we like her. Maureen got weepy. We like her like that. Good night.

Next morning, got the kids out the door, laid down in bed with my roaring hangover and read for five hours. This used to be my way of life before kids and returning to it for one day, with a book that was partly GREAT and partly meh, but TOTALLY READABLE...perfect.

Then I watched Brothers (Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhall... such a painful movie but so good, all the way around, writing, directing, performances - also pretty perfect) and ARN, the swedish epic about the Knight Templar who helped create Sweden...or something. I was distracted by the guy's eyes for most of the movie. And then I started the last Kinsale book which I hadn't gotten around to. All in all...I don't think it could have been better.

How about you? When was your last perfect day? Did it look anything like mine?

Friday, April 01, 2011

Incarceron, Maze Runner and Morning Glory

I've had a busy couple of weeks, with some of that time spent on planes, waiting to get on to planes and because of that, time spent reading.

And it's been great. Molly already mentioned the Maze Runner, which I loved, more than Molly did, because while I noticed the lingo the boys used at the beginning of the book, I was too entranced to care about how annoying it was. I love a book when it keeps me guessing, when I can't tell where it is going and the quesions it raises are completely intriguing. If a story does that for me, I can overlook a lot of other problems, and maze runner did that from the very beginning.

Another book that did that for me recently is Incarceron, which I think is even better than Maze Runner. both are similar in setting and tone, but Incarceron is more intricately plotted and has two lead characters, two main plots that are entwined and both equally interesting. And it's a combination of both dystopian and post-apocalyptic YA.

What both these books feature are leads that are really pro-active. They are driving the action. The last two books I'd read before Incarceron were also YA, but they were yawn-inducing, primarily I think because the heroines of the books were not pro-active. What happened, happened to them, not because of them.

Which leads me into Morning Glory, a movie I saw on a plane and was oddly charmed by. Not because of the romance, a waste of Patrick Wilson, or even Harrison Ford playing grumpy. Because the heroine is, from the start of the movie, to the end, really capable and creates her own opportunities. She is not fumbling through her job. My favourite scene in that moment, is her first day as the producer of a morning show when she sits down at a table and a ton of questions are fired at her. And she answers each one, decisively and, I presume, correctly. It sums up the character nicely and was a nice switch on a genre that in another movie would have had her screw up the first day and then redeem herself in a rising swell of music later in the movie.

It was good. Anyone else read Incarceron? Molly, I'll have it for you this weekend if you're interested.
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