Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Post: Thea Harrison

Reel Talk

Hunter's SeasonAs 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?

Comment for a chance to the ebook of your choice from my Samhain backlist!  If you already have the three novellas on my backlist, you can always give your prize to a friend!

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Bells here!  Here's what Thea's newest novella is all about:

Hunter's Season 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.

Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!


  1. I have really enjoyed this series so far. Can't wait for more :)!
    So far, I've enjoyed The Hunger Games as a movie more than other books. I'm very interested in seeing how The Host and City Of Bones turn out.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi Thea! Hi Bells! I just finished reading Hunter's Season last night and it is wonderful!! I have thoroughly enjoyed every each novel and novella in The Elder Races series and would love it if Dragon Bound could make it to the big screen!

    My first experience of reading a novel and then going to see the movie was 'The Shining','Jaws' and then 'Alien'. All 3 novels are awesome and the movies just couldn't compare. Being that it was soooo long ago that I read these books, I can now sit back and enjoy the movies for what they are, but back then...I was very disappointed.

    My favorite book-to-big-screen adaptations are LOTR and Harry Potter. Though there is no way any movies can include ALL the details from the novels, both of these did a wonderful job at including what was most important. Games of Thrones on HBO has also done very well in that respect and while the second season changed many things, they still worked to get the story where it needed to be.

    Thea, if any of your wonderful Elder Races novels makes it to the theater, I'll be first in line for a ticket!

    Thank you so much for the stories!

  3. Love this series, can't wait for more Elder Races! My favorite book to movie I think would be Harry Potter.

  4. Hi there!

    Bells, thank you again for having me on your blog today. It's always a pleasure to visit with you, and your followers.

    Victoria, Mandy, and Sheryl, thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you are enjoying the series.

    Victoria, I'm very interested in seeing how The Host and City of Bones turn out as well.

    Mandy, I know what you mean about being disappointed in movies from books at first. But you're right about just needing to take movies for what they are, because they simply can't have everything that a book can give us.

    I quite loved LOTR as well, and I have a like/hate relationship with Game of Thrones right now. I'm still watching, though, and the good bits are great.

    Sheryl, the Harry Potter movies are awesome, aren't they? What a lot of work went into that franchise.

    Good luck with the contest!


  5. I love the Elder Races series and can't wait to read the new novella.
    I enjoyed reading The Hunger Games series and the Harry Potter series. The movies for both have not been that bad. They have been enjoyable.
    Thea, will Gray ever get his own story?


  6. Hi Thea. I love your books. My favorite books to movies are the Harry Potter series.


  7. My favorite books to movies are LOTR and Last of the Mohicans.

    I would adore having Dragos on film, Thea.

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  8. I'd definitely list Lord of the Rings as my favorite book-to-movie project, but the Harry Potter movies were pretty cool too, as well as I Am Legend.

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  9. Not so much book to film, but comic, i just love the Avengers, =) they´re great and i can´t wait for the next installment. The Hobbit is another one i´m looking forward to. Twilight, the Hunger Games, LotR oh and a forgotten one is One for the Money, =) i love Evanovich and Stephanie and finally seeing grandma Mazur shoting the chicken LOL
    best wishes, Linda xo

  10. I also loved the most recent LOTR offerings. I rarely go to the movies (just can't see spending money on them that I would rather use for books, lol) so we generally wait and check them out of the library. I would LOVE to see your books on film...if they do them properly! I am anxiously awaiting the release of Linnea Sinclair's "Down Home Zombie Blues" although I know that it won't be quite the same.

  11. I am looking forward to the City of Bones movie, but I', a little worried since the movie set picks look a little cheesy.