Ahhh...it's Tuesday! Look...we survived Monday! Let's just take a second to pat ourselves on the back for that...
Alrighty then. Today, my youngest celebrates her 12th birthday...which translates to one more year before all of them are teenagers.
While my oldest enjoys video games and playing his bass, and the middle child..well...she enjoys just about everything- my "baby girl"..she is ALL MINE!
Monkey, as i call her, is a voracious reader. She loves her Kindle, loves used books, loves new books...I think I caught her with a dictionary just last week... That being said- I have found her the VERY BEST birthday gift a Mama could give...
I'm taking her with me to UtopYA in June.
I'd thought about getting a display table, some place where I could put out my books and what swag i had, for passersby to browse, to ask questions. And while I fully understand that by attending as a fan probably won't help my career any, I think it is far more important to go "BookOut" as my baby calls it. She's looking forward to breathing the same air as some of her favorite authors. How cool is that?
I think we, authors that is, adore any fans we have. We love hearing that folks read our books- bonus points to those who loved them. We all began as readers. Maybe there was a particular genre we gravitated toward? An author that caught our attention from page one?
I see this sort of excitement on my Monkey's face when she talks about UtopYA. She has even begun writing her own fanfiction! That is AWESOME!
So, if you'll be in Nashville in June, be on the lookout for me and an extremely tall 12 year old who will probably be oogling all the great books. But...be not alarmed- she is merely a rabid fan! If you notice her- make sure to give her a quick wave, or a "Hello Monkey!" You'll make her day!
Until next time- HAPPY READING!!
Good Monday Morning folks!
I trust we have all seen the latest Twilight movie at least once by now? I liked it, but wasn't in love with it.
I spent last Thursday in a crowded theater with my daughter, niece, a mutual friend of theirs, and one of my good buddies participating the The Twilight Saga Marathon. 13 + hours...all five movies.
I must admit, this is not the first movie marathon I've participated in (I was at The Dark Knight Marathon this summer) and I adore these marathons!
It was a little pricey per ticket, but for fans of any series, it is more about the experience than the admission price, am I right? Surrounded by rabid fans, ranging in age from 11 years all the way up to early 50's (so the woman claimed anyway), all with one thing in common- Twilight.
There was hooting and hollering (ok...my row was obnoxious, but honestly- if we were supposed to behave differently, Jacob would have left his shirt on! Am I right?) and chatting throughout the first 4 movies.
What I didn't like- the actual folks at the theater. The manager was a jerk, frankly. He had 400_+ laynards to hand out (a special treat for marathon attendees) but he decided to hand out 100 of them and gave the rest away to folks waiting in line for the 10 pm and later showings. That rots.
The final Twilight movie, as i said earlier, i thought was ok. I like the movies and books, yes, but I'm not a crazy TwiHard movie fan...so that's probably why I wasn't crazy over the moon about BDpt2. My movie companions all loved it- especially my daughter (it was the bow on her 13th birthday celebration) so the important stuff was handled.
Now...on to the next marathon- a Lord of the Rings 3 movie, one day event, a week before The Hobbit... I'll be spending those several hours with my son, a good friend, and her son...all of us HUGE fans of the series!
I wonder- if the was a movie series you would love to see played back to back in a theater, what would it be? LOTR and Star Wars are at my top...so I will at least get one out of the way. I'd also love to see The Godfather Movies in a marathon...
leave me a comment below, telling me what movie series you'd just LOVE to see in a theater marathon!
Have a great day! I'm off to The Realm...something evil is afoot...
Good Morning All!
A little update for you this morning. As you may have noticed, I'm trying to get the website all smashingly good looking! I've added a new page titled "In Case You Missed It" for Realm related things that were posted elsewhere. The first post on that page is a good one... a rare interview Prince Luc of Celine did with the fine ladies at Young Adult & Teen Readers on Facebook! If you missed the interview when it originally ran, head on over and check it out here on my site. Learn why our dear Luc has a "thing" for motorcycles! I never would have thought it...
Tomorrow is the Twilight Marathon. I'll be attending with my daughter to finish celebrating her entrance into teen years...ugg..where has the time gone? 66% of my kids are now teens!
Admittedly, I'm not a huge TwiHard, I don't particularly care for the films at all. I was disappointed in them. I applaud Ms. Meyer and her support for the films, however, and stuck to my rule with my daughter- if its a book first, it must be read before viewing!
That brings me to today's blog...
With so many books being adapted for the big screen or television, I find myself curious... is Hollywood running out of original material or are the books just that good? Sadly, I think its neither. It all boils down to the almighty dollar.
Some authors, like JR Ward, do not wish to have their books adapted. And while us rabid fans may crave more of her hulking handsome Brothers, I respect her wishes. It brings up a question I get frequently- Would I like my books to be made into movies or TV shows?
The short answer? Why not?
But life is seldom made up of short answers, isn't it.
In fact, roughly two months ago, I was approached by a television company about the possibility of adapting the Maggie Henning books into a tv series. While I know many of you are about to freak out...relax...
I declined...and I will tell you why.
After some research into this company, that produces some wildly popular TV programs, I learned that other authors who have had their work adapted by them pretty much lost control of their stories. See- this company, when buying the option rights and leaving these authors blinded by the big lights on the West Coast, snuck in a few clauses...namely- that they could modify future books in the series. These authors now have lost their books..the stories they had wanted to tell are out of their hands.
While it would be so cool to see a little graphic roll across the screen that says "based on the books by Lisa C. Morgan", the characters are like my babies. I'm not sure what I would do if I lost them. There is a story to be told with these beings of The Realm, and I really want to be the one to tell it.
And frankly, if one person liked it, maybe someone else will, too?
Books into movies opens a door... folks who may not normally even know about a book series, let alone read it, learn of them when they hear the buzz that "such and such book is going to be a movie/tv show!" It draws in more readers to the series, discovering the books anew.
For example, the fantastic Shelley Crane's book is now being made into a film. While I'd heard of it, as I'm sure many of you also had, there are others who hadn't! Now I'm seeing more and more folks buying copies of her spectacular books! That is always a great thing.
Not every adaptation will be fantastic...I think we can all agree that Percy Jackson fell a little short of the mark, but the one sentence "The Lightning Thief is going to be a film!" was enough to garner more readers, and really? What's better than that?
Marketability is a huge Hollywood thing... Can this book-turned-movie sell things like tshirts and keychains? What else can we sell with that logo on it? A book will not be optioned if the potential production company doesn't think they can find other ways to make some dough...
Options do not guarantee a tv show or movie...only that it is possible.
So, while we await the next big adaptation, let us all take a stroll to our local libraries or download a new read...you may just be getting the inside scoop on the next blockbuster!
Okay...the overwhelming answer to that question is ME! I had every intention of offering up a few witty remarks, but between my Facebook Author Page, actually writing, and then that pesky "real" world interfering, I haven't had many spare moments.
The past few months have been a whirlwind for me...at some points, quite literally. SuperStorm Sandy, luckily, didn't do nearly the damage here that was threatened, but while I may have gotten off lucky, far too many of my neighbors didn't fair as well.
I encourage you all to help out in any way you can. Every penny donated to the Red Cross Disaster relief fund going toward Sandy Recovery Efforts is a blessing. We live in times where we are all strapped for cash. With the holidays coming, it can be even more stressful. I hope we all take the time to say a blessing of thanks for what we have and what we take for granted, then open our hearts wide and give to those in need.
I am going to attempt to post blogs a few times a week here...my fingers are crossed that I can actually accomplish this task...
In the mean time, if you haven't seen them, I will share the four vlogs I shared on my author page. Vlogs are way easier for me, and a ton more fun. I hope you get a quick chuckle, in any event!
thanks for stopping by!
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd