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Bad Writing Abounds In Twilight Novels

I have never had the desire to read the "Twilight" series. What I knew about them sounded like a bad young adult novel and I could not be bothered. Besides, I read Anne Rice's Vampire Series years ago, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but that was enough vampire lore for me.I have a very good friend that loves "Twilight". One day I saw her book on the table, picked it up, read one page, threw the book down and said to my husband, "This is written like absolute crap!" And yet the books are best selling series and the author makes millions. Bless her heart. I hate dumbed down books and I really hate books written as if the author never took an English class. Oddly enough, Ms. Meyer was an English major, go figure. From what I have read in regards to the Twilight books and heard during conversations about the beloved series, I know that I do not like her main characters. They sound like people that would fall under Too Stupid Too Live for me. A vapid, needs to …

Thanks George R.R. Martin

I have never read the beloved series, "A Song of Fire and Ice" nor have I seen "Game of Thrones." As those who read my blog know, I have not had much luck with series, except Thursday Next, so I hesitate about picking up this one. I do know those that have read it love it and wait with baited breath for each new release. This wait has caused ire among some of his fans because his most recent release took six years for him to complete. I have written on this blog before about Neil Gaiman'sawesome response back in May 2009 to an irate George R.R. Martin fan who had reached out to Neil to ask if it was unrealistic to believe Mr. Martin was letting him down by not getting the book done in a timely fashion. If you never read it, please do since it is pretty much right on in regards to what most writer's go through. The reason I have brought up Mr. Martin is that Entertainment Weekly has been doing numerous interviews with the author George R.R. Martin and the hug…

Kindle Prices Are Pissing Me Off

That's right. I have had it. As a writer, of course I want to support my fellow artists, but not when the price of the book is sometimes DOUBLE what the paperback or hardcover costs. I get that publishers fear the e-book and still have no idea what to do about it. They remind me of those that hate Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and various other similar business models. And yes, this is a collective tongue lashing aimed at the Music, Movie/TV and Publishing industries. Instead of embracing the waves of the future and working with the consumer, they have decided to punish us instead for using new technology and charge A LOT for items that do not warrant the high price tag. I was on the blog NY Spender to read a review of a book called "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster" by Dana Thomas. The author of the blog stated the book cost a mere $5.69 and I headed on over to Amazon to download it. My mistake. The paperback is $5.69. The Kindle version? $12.99. (See here.) WHAT THE HELL…

The Classics

Everybody has an opinion on classic literature. Some love to read it, indulging themselves often, others loathe it, only reading the stories when it is required coursework. I fall into the middle. Some classics I love and others I could care less if I ever read them again.For most of us, our introduction to the classics comes via high school English class. If you have a teacher that is passionate about the subject you are bound to learn something. If you have one that just reads from the book and is waiting on retirement, well, we have seen a lot of results of that. I was fortunate to have one English teacher that brought stories like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "To Kill A Mockingbird" to life in a unique way. We had to read the books, discuss them, then watch the movies. By watching the movies we could see where liberties were taken, what was lost in the interpretation, etc. I had a similar experience with a teacher in college. Great guy but he had us…

Publishers and Book Stores: Will they get it together?

Publicity agent Kathleen Schmidt tweeted a great explanation how the closing of Borders effects the publishing industry and all of us writers. I think the real question that needs to be asked is what have been book stores been doing wrong that these massive chains are taking hits and closing? I myself have always loved The Strand in NYC, but I do not go there all the time. Yes I have a Kindle, but ever since publishers decided to charge $12.99 for e-books that I can get in paperback for $9.99 or at the library for free, they lose my business. Publishing has a lot of issues and they need to get their act together, just as much as the book stores do. Electronic devices will not wipe out physical books, but that does not mean publishers or stores should be complacent or over pricing either.
Here's The Simplest, Clearest Explanation You'll Find Of How Borders Closing Affects The Book Industry

Thanks Business Insider.
Cheers! MissFifi

Subtlety is Key

The past two weeks I have been suckered into watching some very heavy shows. One of them is season 2 of "Sleeper Cell" and the other is "MI 5". Both shows deal with the government, spooks and terrorists. Some days I need a break from all the Islamic terrorism and Russia trying to gain world power with their oil. The shows are well written, not overly dramatic and makes one think. I am not going to be addressing "Sleeper Cell", but if you can catch it, it is on Netflix watch instantly. The content order is incorrect, but members have posted the correct order for people to view it. Hopefully Netflix fixes the issue soon.Okay. A few friends had recommended the show "24" which I began watching yesterday. The concept is an interesting one, but I am having a hard time suspending disbelief with the story lines. There is one scene where two parents are tyring to find their missing kids, get pulled over by an LAPD cop who seems so intent on giving them a…

Defining One's Genre: When is Romance not a Romance?

Silly question you think, but not so. While I was laboring through my story yesterday it hit me. I like to throw love into my story lines. Sure there is drama, action, death even, but there is always an underlying romance occurring. This gave me pause. Does this mean I am a romance writer? Or am I a fiction writer who has the occasional love story intertwined in the plot?
Defining your genre is crucial when querying agents, but it also pigeonholes you. What if my first two novels have a romance as a backdrop to the every day life of the characters, but my third is just a story about three guys who go on a journey of self discovery? The agent would not publish it because there is no romance. This is making my head spin.
When Jane Austen wrote her novels, did she scribble along thinking"Ahh yes, another romance." Or did she approach it has, "This will be a good story to tell and the BBC will make movies of it over and over again." Yes I am being silly. All writers tells…