You gotta just sparkle
What I'm reading: Women
by Charles Bukowski
Love the series. Hate the series. Regardless, you can't deny the power.
I'm talking the Twilight franchise.
I know Stephenie Meyer has her detractors, among them Stephen King who publicly skewered her. However, I can't help but taste sour grapes in his famous missive
. The goal of every fiction writer is to connect with their audience. Basically, King panned Meyer for delivering to her audience what they
craved to read. Sure, most of us get nauseated at the idea of vegetarian sparkly vampires, especially those undead centenarians who skulk around high schools in search of romance. (Maybe in another universe, Jerry Sandusky could've been the love interest in a Meyer novel.) But Meyer nailed her audience--young female romance readers--who frankly didn't give a damn about wussy pedafiliac non-bloodsuckers. Meyer had so connected with her audience that in 2008, she represented 18% of $ales in the American publishing industry and kept her publisher from going under. Aside from Harry Potter, no other YA series has come close to that success. Not The Hunger Games
(as good as it was), or Percy Jackson and the Olympian
s (another excellent series) or the much touted The Night Circus
(positioned to be the Next Big Thing). So go out there and connect with your fans and rake in the bucks.
You love zombies? You wanna earn karma points? I mean buckets of karma points. So much karma you could steal from your mother and still get VIP seating in Heaven?
Then check out this KickStarter project from ace cinematographer, Alexandre Phillippe
. The man who gave us documentaries such as The People Vs. George Lucas
and now asks the driving question: Why do we love zombies? in his new project Doc of the Dead
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