More Media Hits
But first-- if you missed Mario's post from Monday, stop right now and scroll down to read it. He expresses what most of us felt when we heard that story (besides, of course the first "what the fuck?" exclamation that escaped the country's collective lips.) Don't mean to offend anyone, but it's the truth, isn't it?
Okay--onward and upward.
"I love writing books. Movies are a collaborative medium, and everyone is second-guessing you. When you do a novel you're on your own. It's a freedom that doesn't exist in any other medium.''
A quote from Sidney Sheldon who died last week at the age of 89. He won awards in three careers, Broadway theater, movies and television, and at 50 turned to writing best-selling novels about women who “triumph in a hostile world of ruthless men.” He wrote books that thrust this impressionable little country bumpkin into the exciting world of the big city and for me, it was love at first read! Potboilers? Yes. But he opened my mind to “what could be” and even though it’s been literally decades since I opened one of his books, I still remember the thrill.
Another news tidbit—it looks like Joss Whedon
is off the Wonder Woman project. A quote from his website: “Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work.”
Guess I’ll have to content myself with waiting for the Buffy comic to arrive to get my next Whedon fix. (My complete Buffy TVS and Angel DVD boxed sets as well Serenity and Fire Fly not withstanding.)
And I watched the Dracula
thing on PBS Sunday night. Overall impression: Disappointing. Thought they had a shot at following the Stoker novel, but didn't. I can't understand why. Anyone care to explain it to me? The original has everything and I can't think of a single reason why somebody can't translate that book to the screen and remain true to the story.
So on that cheery note, I'll sign off-- Oh, one more thing. I met a writer by the name of Lonnie Cruse
at Love is Murder a week or so ago. I finished her first book, Love in Metropolis and really enjoyed it. Now, I'm not a fan of cozies (anyone who has read my stuff will roll their eyes and say "no shit". In books and movies, if there's no gratuitous sex and violence, I have no use for it) but the thing that caught me about Lonnie's writing is that she did a damned good male POV. Add to that the fact that the books are set in the real life town of Metropolis, IL which even has a newspaper called The Planet and a lifesize Superman statue of the steps of the town hall, and you gotta love it! So look for Lonnie at your favorite book store and tell her Jeanne sent you!