|Andrew and me seeing Twilight. Andrew held the iPhone and took the picture just to bug me (he always looks good on pictures, while I look like I spent a month on Survivor).|
Well, Andrew and I finally saw Twilight Sunday afternoon. There was a pretty good mix of people in the theater, but I could hear the teens giggling and explaining to a friend that Twilight isn’t as scary as Harry Potter. I haven’t read the books, yet, but I do plan to some day. The movie was beautifully filmed and I could feel the anguish of being the new kid at school, high school drama and the uncertainty of young love. Of course, the vampire angle kind of kicks it up a notch.
I guess I expected more action, but I wasn’t disappointed, I think I’m more anxious to see what happens next. Andrew, on the other hand, was frustrated with the dialog. He said he felt kids didn’t really talk that way (he’s 26 and a high school teacher), but he will be seeing it again with his girlfriend because he’s sure she’ll love it, even though Johnny Depp isn’t in it. Those of you who read the book and saw the movie, how did you feel it translated? Should I have read the book first? Did you like it and would you recommend it?
But it is Monday and here’s the news I heard this past week:
From Annette Fitzgerald of The Book Exchange: New Year’s Eve in Port Clinton, OH we have a large festival called the Walleye Drop, literally thousands attend this. Our new store location is right in the middle of this festival. We will be working closely with the local businesses and will have a large quantity of gift baskets that will be given away throughout the night. If you are interested in donating some promo material (print books, key chains, emery boards, pens, magnets, specialty promo items, etc) feel free to send them to us. Please send no more than 20 items, we aren’t looking for bookmarks or business cards at this time as we have quite a bit of these already and will throw some into each basket. Please have these to us no later than Dec 15, so we’ll have enough time to get the baskets together. We are accepting all Genre’s so feel free to spread the message. (Ok, I had to include this just because the idea of a Walleye Drop cracks me up.)
From author Mark David Gerson: Moonquest won the New Mexico statewide book award for best fantasy/science fiction. It will be featured in special displays in bookstores and libraries across the state, including in all New Mexico Borders outlets. This is the 5th award for Moonquest. (Congratulations Mark David!)
From Angela James, Executive Editor, Samhain Publishing: BooksOnBoard, the premier ebook retailer, has entered into definitive agreements with Samhain Publishing LTD. and Lexcycle, Inc. to make the entire Samin romantic fiction catalog of ebooks available on Lexcycle’s Stanza. Stanza is the hightest rated and most popular ebook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch. "This provides a giant step forward for many of our customers," said Bob LiVolsi, BooksOnBoard CEO, "Now, our readers will be able to buy, download wirelessly and read ebooks from Samhain’s best selling authors such as Lora Leigh, Jess Dee and Lorelei James from their iPhones." (I have an iPhone and love the Stanza.)
From author Doug Clegg: I invite you to enjoy my novel, Afterlife–for free. More than 14,000 readers online have been enjoying this special Halloween treat so far. (A free book, right at your fingertips, the price is right)
From author Marjorie M. Liu: The very talented and prolific Adam Minter is an American journalist based in Shanghai, whose work has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other prestigious publications (though he hardly likes to brag). He blogs daily over at Shanghai Scrap, where — much to my delight — he has posted an interview with me about writing in China. Take a gander, and while you’re there check out the rest of his blog, which is one of the most balanced, informative, and entertaining resources about China that I’ve had the pleasure to read. (According to Marjorie, the sci-fi market is huge in China, so all you writers find a way to get your stuff over there!)
If you have any news, kudos, special announcements, free online books, events for charity, or anything interesting or out of the ordinary, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bottom Line: I can remember being a teenager when West Side Story came out and how it affected me (same basic theme, high school drama, the anguish of forbidden young love…but with singing and dancing). And I wonder if Twilight does that for the teens of today.