As I prepare for the HUNTER’S SEASON blog tour in September, it’s currently summer now, and I’ve been all about the movies. The ones that have particularly peaked my interest (in no real order) are:
Snow White and the Huntsman —Although I’m totally rooting for the EVIL QUEEN in this one!
And I have to add this one, even though it’s not even out yet—it releases in November, and I’m already bouncing in my seat!
No doubt you can see a theme as you look over these movie titles. I am a huge sci-fi and fantasy geek. Skyfall is just an anomaly, because I don’t even like the James Bond franchise very much—I just like Daniel Craig as James Bond—and even then the Bond movies often have a light touch of science fiction in the gadgetry and evil villain machines.
As I write this, I haven’t even seen many of these movies yet. I haven’t had time. But I have followed reviews and talk on Twitter, as I try to make up my mind which films I’m prepared to spend movie prices on and which ones I will wait to get out on DVD. To be frank, I’ll be getting some of the movies on this list out on DVD, because the reviews have been mixed enough that I want to limit my investment.
For some reason, I’ve never been able to walk out on a movie when it has been in a theater. The movie might stink, and I might sit in the theater seething the whole time—but I don’t leave. I think it has something to do with spending the money. If I get a movie out on DVD, I’m much more likely to pull the plug and stop watching it.
But whether I see these movies in the theater or I rent them on DVD, I know that I’m going to see them at some point, even the movies that haven’t gotten good reviews. I’ll put up with a bad sci-fi/fantasy movie just to enjoy the special effects, because something about the imagery feeds my imagination.
Out of all of these movies, though, I am most interested in The Hunger Games. I’ll make a little confession, just between me and thee: I have a fantasy where my first book in the Elder Races series, DRAGON BOUND, gets optioned for film. I know, I know, EVERY author has this kind of fantasy, and it’s very typical—but I still fantasize about it nonetheless.
This isn’t a money fantasy. For film deals, I’ve heard that most writers get the benefit from boosts in book sales, not necessarily on the film project itself. This fantasy of mine is about imagery.
I would love to see Dragos shapeshift into a dragon on the big screen. And I would love to see many of the other images in the book come to life, even though book-to-movie projects are more often than not problematic. The chances of it happening are slim—but a girl’s gotta dream, right?
For readers, which book-to-movie projects have you enjoyed? Do you have a favorite one?
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Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards.
As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.
Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.
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