Overheard #Booknerdproblems

overheard, booknerd problems, a to z blogging challenge,We all know that booknerds are of the mermaid, unicorn, supersaiyan, pirate variety, which tends to lead to some really intense debates, and some very, very strange topics. Here are some of my favorite ‘overheard’#Booknerdproblems recently!

 

The dark side of #Booknerdproblems: 

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“He really needs to stop murdering people. It’s unhealthy.”

“I can’t watch a movie tonight, I need to go drop a guy off a church roof.”

“But it’s hard not to kill everyone! Fictional characters are so breakable.”

“Why did you have to kill all the little fairies? You didn’t have to do that. But I’m glad you killed that mean guy.”

“You need to be willing to kill people. In FICTION I mean!”

“Why did you feel you needed to kill all those kids?”

“How do you make blood stick to paper”

 

The weird side of #Booknerdproblems:

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“Sometimes I have to decide between rent and new books, which is why I live with my mom”

“Androids make the best boyfriends because they have mechanical body parts. Do you really need another reason?”

 

“Thank you for reviewing my book about mermaids and sea creatures even though you have a crippling fear of underwater animals”

“I change my book husband more often than my underwear, let’s be honest”

“I spent a weekend youtubing how to take heroin, the high feeling, after effects, and street terms. All in the name of research for a small part in The Devil’s Flower”

“Just today I was trying to figure out how to run a search on photos of women’s torsos”

 

The ‘writers riding the struggle bus’ side of #Booknerdproblems:

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“Is it appropriate to run through the streets yelling and throwing bookmarks at people as a method of promoting my book”

“The writer life is essentially like shampoo instructions. You cry and procrastinate until you somehow have a manuscript, then you’re relieved. Then you need to start querrying, and are overwhelmed. Get an agent/publisher, relieved. Get your first edits back, overwhelmed. Repeat.”

“I want my new love interest to have blue eyes, but all of my male characters already have blue eyes!”

“I would rather iron my pants while on my body than write my book descriptions”

“What illegal thing should my character havein her apartment…Guns? Drugs? Guns made of drugs!”

 

“M” is for Mental Illness: Depictions in Literature

MOur writing tends to reflect the world we live in, and nowhere is this more clear than in the way we depict people with mental illnesses. You can trace evolutions in culture by following the literature of the times. The Victorians, for example,  loved their asylums, where inmates were often treated as curiosities to be studied and experimented on. Have a madwoman in the family? The Victorian answer was to lock her in the attic, or imprison her in her own home. Fast forward through time into the mid twentieth century, and you find books that feature mad or vindictive nurses, mind bending experimental drugs, lobotomies, straight jackets, and so on.

But the later half of the twentieth century began to see improvement in both how mental illness was treated within the larger society, and they ways in which the illness is dealt with in fiction. For starters, memoirs gained in popularity, and this allowed writers to deal with their own illnesses in a confessional, first person style. Advances in diagnosis and treatment were happening, too, and a new sense of hope began to permeate the narrative surrounding what some call “invisible disabilities.” I’m fascinated by these different perspectives, and the ways in which they trace our history through the lens of literature. Here’s a list of the best in writings about madness, from the Victorians on down to today.

DraculaDracula, by Bram Stoker

First published in 1897, Dracula is one of the first novels that recognizes mental illness as an actual illness, rather than something like demon possession or witchcraft. One of the side characters is Renfield, who is locked in an asylum after becoming one of Dracula’s first victims. Renfield is treated as a curiosity by the asylum keeper- as something less than human. But he’s a wonderfully creepy and colorful character. If you don’t quite feel like diving into the whole book, you can catch Tom Waits’ performance as him in the Coppola version of Dracula.

yellowThe Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Technically a long short story, there is nevertheless plenty of time to develop the theme of madness within its pages. This Victorian tale was so controversial, and supposedly so true to life, that it was repressed, and remained unpublished until the 1960s. The narrator is an unnamed woman who has been put on a “rest cure” by her doctors. This was an actual practice that forced women who were depressed or having other similar issues to be isolated from the rest of the world. They weren’t allowed mental stimulation of any kind, because thinking was considered dangerous to their health. The narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper eventually goes mad from this enforced isolation, and imagines herself trapped behind the hideous yellow wallpaper that covers her room. Eventually she goes completely mad, and can no longer even refer to herself as a person. Even though we don’t know her eventual fate, this is still a great example of Victorian attitudes to women.

nestOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

This 1960s classic tells the story of McMurphy, a fun loving and brash free spirit who is put in a mental ward ruled by a mean, vindictive nurse. The novel quickly becomes an all out struggle between the two forces represented by Nurse Ratched and McMurphy- that of authority versus free will. This takes place in what were the beginnings of a modern mental hospital, where patients had (supposedly, anyway) some rights, and there was an attempt at modern medical diagnosis and practices. It’s a great glimpse into the attitudes towards the middle of the last century.

prozacProzac Nation, by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Published in the 1990s, this novel was one of the first to offer a no holds barred take on the very first anti-depressant, Prozac. This novel details the narrator’s troubled history, from suicide attempts to multiple hospitalizations,until drug therapy finally begins working for her. This book is an excellent portrait of what it meant to be alive, young, and depressed at the end of the last century, as we learn details of Wurtzel’s life and times. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as Wurtzel possesses a wickedly sharp, and often mischievous sense of humor.

L is for Love In the Time of #Hashtags

LMy novel, THIS ABOVE ALL, began as the result of a wager with some writer friends. Over coffee, one of them bet me that I couldn’t actually reinterpret Romeo & Juliet in a way that would be fresh and appeal to modern YA audiences. Game on, I said. I was supposed to come up with a few pages, just a sample of where I would take it as a way of challenging myself. So, I stared at my blinking cursor for a few hours, cleaned everything in my house, ran a bunch of errands, and after a couple days (read: weeks) of pure avoidance, decided it was basically a complete fail.

 

I was hung up on things like which social media platform would Romeo use? Is he a Tumblr guy? Twitter? Or, which hashtags would Juliet add to her Instagram posts? How many followers would they have? Could texting have solved all of their romantic woes? “Brb, Romeo. Xoxo heart eye emoji.”

 

And then I realized I was thinking about it all wrong. Yes, the way young adults (and even not so young adults) interact in and with the world has changed dramatically since Shakespeare wrote his famous plays, but what makes people tick, the experiences we crave, and the narratives that resonate? Haven’t really changed at all.

 

What’s more, young people today have the benefit and responsibility of navigating concepts that many of their predecessors didn’t come into until adulthood. Ideas about third wave feminism, privilege, LGTBQ issues are now moving to the forefront of discussion in our culture. I would argue this is a good thing and a sign of progress, but it does add complexity to young adulthood.

 

So thinking about all those elements, I was left with one more concern: how do I incorporate all of that without becoming “preachy?” I read for an agent for a few years and the number one “pass button” presser for me, especially where young adult fiction is concerned, is something like, “I wrote this to impart a lesson.” Sometimes it was more cleverly worded than that, but the basic gist remains—someone who clearly thinks he or she has a profound insight to share with the world or impress upon the youths. And maybe the writer does. The problem is when the primary aim is to teach, it is nearly impossible to focus on the story and one almost certainly loses the magic.

 

Readers (young adults are particularly savvy) will smell an agenda from MILES away. And here’s the thing, the great paradox of fiction: even if the lesson was the result of deeply personal experiences that really truly happened (say, a writer served in Iraq and learned firsthand the horrors of war), if the agenda is at the forefront, the story will ring false.

 

Further, when a writer sits down to work on a manuscript, it’s not as if he or she has ALL THE ANSWERS. In fact, one of the great joys of writing is that, as a writer, I can learn things from my characters, too. The surprise is one of the best parts. I think in some ways, that mirrors the way adults* can and should think about young adults. Not as a group of people to be taught, but rather as a group from whom we can also learn.

 

So, all this buzzing in the back of my mind I decided to do what I should do whenever I find myself and my process being overwhelmed by so much noise: I took a step back and thought on a smaller scale, starting with a single character instead of an archetype. How would this particular girl in this precise situation act? How would her background influence her choices? How are the needs and wants of the other characters intersecting with hers? How does that change her worldview?

 

Then I tried to sit back and let her teach me something new and unexpected about a story that’s, well, ancient.

 

*I’m told that as a thirty-something, I am officially an adult now, but sometimes I’m not so sure.

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(K) Is for Karma Patrol!

KKarma Patrol comes out tomorrow and we could not be more excited! If you are from the south and you don’t know someone who is just like Jade, then it’s probably because you are the friend just like Jade. Her partner Luke is much more Brooklyn and down to earth. So as you can imagine things start off…interestingly…between these two supposed ‘soulmates’. Jade is a Karmic Enforcer, which means that she is in charge of keeping people’s karmic paths clear and balanced, and stops other’s free will from getting in the way of everyone getting what they deserve. At least for Midtown West NY.

We asked author Kate Miller to give us the low-down on Jade before Karma Patrol comes out tomorrow, here’s what we learned:

Jade is a ‘carry a mini-curling iron in her purse’ kind of gal, to Luke’s annoyance, and her fictional wardrobe is most real-life girl’s fantasy closet. Her idea of a cute outfit is a cocktail dress, the perfect pair of Louboutin’s, and a trenchcoat, preferably in pink.

She appreciates the little things in life…in a specific order, exactly to her liking.

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She’s a Hufflepuff. Says the author, “she’s hard-working and nice, and likes to be around other people that are hard-working and nice. She’s brave, but only when she has to be.” In case you were wondering, Kate is a Slytherin. I harbor strong beliefs that all writers are Slytherins, they have to be to be able to make their characters suffer.

If Jade was suddenly transported onto a deserted island, her 3 must haves would be:

1) A curling iron (obviously)

2) wine, the cheaper the better, and a screw top so she could open it

3) Luke, because every girl needs some eye candy with her wine.

You can find the full interview on our FB page here and order Karma Patrol tomorrow, Apri 14th, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

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J is for Juggling Writing, Parenthood and a Job

JWriting, revising and marketing a book. Raising a family and being a good spouse. Holding down a full-time job in order to support aforementioned family.

These three things alone can be time and energy consuming enough that they’d count as a full-time job, let alone when you combine them.

Yet many modern writers are also parents and have a 9-5 outside of their publishing careers. So how do they manage to juggle writing, parenthood and a job?

The answer is lots of coffee and very little sleep!

I jest, of course. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I only drink de-café tea, and I try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

For me, the key to juggling all the responsibilities I have is to schedule, so no time is wasted. I know exactly what I should be doing when, and I have clear deadlines on tasks. It also helps me prioritize my time, and I knew when binge watching Daredevil on Netflix is a bad idea, because I have a twenty item long to-do list.

Admittedly this doesn’t always go according to play, and sometimes things get pushed to the back-burner, but for the most part it works.

I also try to set clear boundaries for myself, like always taking an hour every evening to watch TV with the Hubby when the kids have gone to bed, or making sure most nights we eat home-cooked dinners, and not take-out.

Of course, everyone is allowed an off day sometimes. There are occasions when I just don’t feel like cooking, or times when I put off something on my to-do list so I can play video games.

The important thing to remember is balance. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Alternatively, all play and no work makes Jack a stressed out boy!

Which is why it’s sometimes completely okay to admit life is getting a little too much and take a few days off to recuperate.

I is for Infertility in Fiction: She’s (Not) Having a Baby

IThroughout the years that my husband and I were in the throes of infertility, we craved finding a connection with other couples who were going through this medical challenge. We also wanted to see our story represented in books and film. We knew these stories would become a part of the story we were telling ourselves daily: we will find a happy ending. However, we didn’t find very many works of fiction that deviated from the standard happily ever after: the couple eventually gets pregnant. infertility presents a problem for writers as they may struggle with how to resolve the matter in a way that isn’t predictable, but is still hopeful and satisfying.

I re-read The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger while we were trying to conceive. The main character, Henry, is a time traveler, and when his wife becomes pregnant, this time traveling thing poses a serious threat to the fetus, resulting in much angst and heartache. I felt this book accurately portrayed the excitement of trying to conceive and the grief that comes from the loss or failure of a dream. This is a no-spoiler zone, so I won’t give away how the issue gets resolved.

But here’s where stories that touch on infertility are challenging for those who are going through it: we want to see happy endings, but for us, that may not mean a pregnancy. Yes, we need to read about couples who eventually get pregnant and live happily ever after. However, in reality, not all of us end up giving birth to a baby. For a writer, especially one who wants to present a happy ending, it can be difficult to merge a sense of reality with what you imagine the happy ending should be for your characters.

When I decided to tackle infertility in a romance novel, I thought a great deal about what the happy ending would be for my characters. In fact, the very first words I wrote were the ending! I wanted to know where my characters were going on their journey to parenthood, and I knew that it would be an unusual happy ending. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that readers, most of whom have not experienced infertility themselves, have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to INCONCEIVABLE’s resolution.

It took a while for me to find a home for a romance novel that challenges the traditional ideas of what happily ever after looks like. Romance novels are supposed to end with a couple reaching most, if not all, of their goals and dreams together in a way that resonates with readers. It’s time for publishers to support writers who want to play around with readers’ expectations of what a happy ending looks like. Sure, there are plenty of “happy for now” endings out there. But infertility challenges writers and readers to accept that there is no “one size fits all” happy ending for a couple’s story. As in real life, there are other ways besides pregnancy that they can find resolution and move forward with happiness and joy. I hope more writers will answer the call to go beyond making pregnancy the go-to happily ever after for anyone in their story who is dealing with infertility. Those of us who have gone through it appreciate being reminded that the best happy endings are the unexpected ones.

[G] Game of Thrones: I’ve Read the Books, and These Are Six Things I Want in Season Six

G[Please note this post contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire books and speculation about what could happen in the TV show in relation to book events.

Trigger warning: mentions of rape and death.]

 

Game of Thrones Season Six begins in a little over two weeks, and I’m ridiculously excited for the new season.

For the first time since getting into the show we’ve caught up with the books, meaning I don’t know anything that’s going to happen. Plus, with the show diverging from the books more frequently with every season, even if some things from the books are yet to happen, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever appear in the show.

With that in mind, here are six things I’m looking forward to in Game of Thrones Season Six.

 

Sansa Finally Getting Some Retribution

I wasn’t entirely happy with Sansa’s season five arc. When season four ended, she looked to be in a more powerful position, and I was ready for her to start becoming a player in the game. Instead, Littlefinger sold her to the Boltons and she ended up being raped on her wedding night to Ramsey Snow.

I sort of understand the need to simplify the “Fake Arya” story from the books, but I hate that it was at the expense of Sansa’s development.

Thankfully, at the end of season five she, along with Theon, escaped Winterfell.

In season six, I’m hoping she isn’t recaptured by the Boltons and instead finds someone to help her (Is Brienne still in the area?). It’d be great for her to gain some power – perhaps through an alliance with the Riverlands and the Vale, and reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons.

I could see season six ending with Sansa back home, finally, and mounting a search for her brothers.

Which brings me to …

 

Bran Showing Us the Past

I’m not sure Sansa will ever find Bran, and I don’t think his story is connected to the politics of Westeros in the same way Sansa’s is.

When we last saw Bran at the end of season four, he’d finally located the three-eyed crow (YAY Bloodraven!) and the next part of his supernatural training was about to begin.

Readers of the books got a glimpse of that training in A Dance with Dragons, when we saw Brandon Rivers, aka Bloodraven, teaching Bran how to warg into weirwood tree, and use them to view scenes from the past.

I think this will be Bran’s arc in season six, and under the tutelage of Bloodraven, we will see him use warging to view events from the past, which have implications for the future.

Events such as what actually happened to Lyanna Stark during Robert’s Rebellion, specifically her imprisonment and death at the Tower of Joy.

 

Finding out If Jon Snow Is Really Dead

Speculation about Lyanna Stark and the Tower of Joy can only mean one thing; R + L = J.

The books have me utterly convinced Jon Snow’s real parents are Lyanna Stark (Ned’s dead sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s deceased brother), and I think through Bran we finally discover this to be true in season six!

But what is the point of finding out Jon Snow has royal blood if he’s dead?

I personally don’t think he’ll be staying dead for very long.

We already have proof in the form of Beric Dondarrion, who has been revived and healed by Thoros using the Lord of Light’s power, that people can be bought back to life by worshipers of R’hllor.

The only other R’hllor worshiper we’ve seen in the show is Melisandre, who was last seen returning to Castle Black, after things with Stannis went wrong.

I think Melisandre knows more about the war against the White Walkers than she’s letting on, and that she’s seen visions of Jon Snow leading ‘men’ to victory against the supernatural forces encroaching on Westeros.

It’s my belief that Melisandre will use the power of the Lord of the Light to bring Jon Snow back to life in season six, and he’ll soon learn that Daenerys Targaryen isn’t the only person with the blood of the dragon!

 

Dany’s Continuing Journey, Which Will Hopefully Include Westeros

When we last saw Dany, she had fled Meereen on the back of Drogon and soon found herself surrounded by a Dothraki horde.

Thankfully, she had the sense to drop her ring, so that hopefully Daario and Jorah can find her.

But before they do, I’m hoping Dany proves to be a self-rescuing Princess Queen, by climbing onto Drogon’s back and dracarys’ing the Dothraki horde.

From there, I’d like Dany to return to Meereen to free Viserion and Rhaegal and gather her army, before making a beeline for Westeros, to claim her place as true Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

 

The Political Unrest in King’s Landing

At the rate things are going in King’s Landing, if/when Dany finally arrives, there might be nothing for her to conquer.

Season five ended with Queen Regent Cersei Lannister being forced to do a walk of shame by the Faith Militant, and Queen Margaery still imprisoned and awaiting trial.

There were some hints of what’s to come for Cersei, when Qyburn introduced her to the newest member of the Kingsguard: an 8-foot-tall man in golden armor.

But other than that, the future of the Lannister/Tyrell alliance, and the fate of the royal family in King’s Landing remains unclear.

My hope for season six is that Margaery is freed from prison, and the Lannisters get what’s coming to them. How? I’m not too sure at this moment.

My feeling is something will happen during Margaery’s trial.

Could she call for a trail by combat, and have Cersei name her new 8-foot-tall Kingsguard knight as her Champion? If so, who’d be able to take on a Mountain like that?

 

Bye-Bye Boltons: The North Remembers

Speaking of people getting what’s coming to them, I hope season six sees the Boltons paying for their part in the Red Wedding, claiming of Winterfell and the rape of Sansa.

Going back to my first point, and my hope that Sansa gains some power for herself, I would LOVE to see Sansa unite the North, Riverlands and the Vale in the name of the Starks/Tullys, and with the combined forces reclaim Winterfell, and then give Roose Bolton and Ramsay Snow the retribution they deserve!

 

Of Course, There’s Plenty of Other Things I’d Like to See in Season Six, Too

As well as the above, I’m eager for further exploration of Arya and her arc with the Faceless Men, seeing how the Martells will continue to fit into the political schemes, resolution with the Wildlings south of the Wall and more information on the White Walkers and where their supernatural power comes from.

But, the six points above are what I REALLY want to see in Game of Thrones: Season Six.

 

So what about you? What moments are you looking forwards to in Game of Thrones: Season Six?

Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter and Facebook!

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E [Teaching] Environmental Awareness in Fiction

EBooks have been a primary method of educating for centuries, with more and more progressive steps towards better relating to kids developing each year (yay!). One way teachers are utilizing more relatable material is through teaching and assigning curriculum with fiction novels with commentary on social responsibility,, humanity, community, etc. Many schools are utilizing Harry Potter and The Hunger Games in classrooms now, and we could not be happier.

Fictional storytelling is a fantastic way to instill lessons without being dry as sandpaper or completely irrelevant, and we believe it should be used for all sorts of teaching aspects, including environmental knowledge and awareness. We were so excited about this prospect when publishing Amy Bearce’ Fairy Keeper, an upper MG coming of age novel that discusses responsibility, family, and how humans affect the environment around us, and it in turns affects us.  The fairies in her debut are actually based on bees, which is why when Fairy Queens start disappearing left and right, the entire world is sent into flux, with large scale environmental changes. Says Bearce, “Book 1 [Fairy Keeper] was largely inspired by the bee culture and teaching their importance and effect in the environment. I’m seeing a lot of articles in my news feed relating to efforts to keep them protected again, and discussing other related topics such as climate change, so I think using novels like this as a jumping off point to further awareness and discussion on human responsibility toward our environment and the politics of resource management.  In book 3, people are tired of doing without to save their world and there’s backlash, just as I think there would be in our world if people ever go the point of really changing behavior to protect our planet.”

While bringing children to an Apiary may not be a feasible option due to locality and the severity of bee allergies, teaching through a  novel that address their importance has an extremely low barrier to entry, and could build lasting presence of mind in the decision makers of tomorrow. Moreso, even if a novel doesn’t relate to the environment in a linear way, enforcing consequences and realistic affects to plots in relation to the planet, such as in a dystopian environment, is still a step in the right direction. 


About Fairy Keeper: 

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Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.

Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.

The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.

Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail. There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper


Teachers and Librarians, please feel free to reach out to CQ to discuss how we can help faciltate teaching through fiction! Know a great fiction novel that has environmental lessons ingrained in it? Comment it below!

(C) Comic Book to TV and Movie Adaptations

CLast week, we asked what is your favorite comic book to TV adaptation: The Marvel Universe, as presented by Netflix (Jessica Jones and Daredevil), The DC Universe as presented by the CQ (Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow), or Other (Gotham, Supergirl, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D etc.)

 

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With a whopping 80% of the vote, The Marvel Universe, as presented by Netflix: Jessica Jones and Daredevil clearly won, but organizing the poll made me ask something … what makes comic book adaptations so damn popular?

Above, I’ve just listed nine comic book to TV show adaptations off the top of my head. Then there’s none DC/ Marvel ones, like the Walking Dead and iZombie, and cancelled shows like Constantine and Smallville. Coupled with that you’ve got all the movie adaptations. There’s five alone in 2016, with about 60 planned altogether for the next four-or-so years.

It seems we can’t get enough of them. Which is hardly surprising, as we all love escaping from real-life sometimes, and imagining what could be in the world was slightly different. Plus a lot of the comics interject real-world issues into the fantastical (i.e. X-Men and racism).

 

But, what makes some adaptations popular, and others fall flat on their faces?

Among the plethora of comic books TV shows and movies, you have things like The Green Lantern movie, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, and more recently Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice; all of which have come under criticism.

Some might say it’s staying true to the source material, but the CW’s Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow adaptations often stray from the comics, and they’re still popular.

Others might argue it’s based on the comic’s original popularity, but who the hell had even heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before the Christ Pratt staring movie?

 

For me personally, it’s a few things …

I do get upset if certain comic canon events are changed.

I have no issue with Oliver Queen’s love interest being Felicity Smoak, not Dinah (Laurel) Lance like in the comics, but when they tried to explain away the Phoenix Force as a split personality of Jean Grey’s in X-Men 3: The Last Stand, I was ready to go all Dark Phoenix on Brett Ratner’s ass!

Originally, I only watched movies / TV shows based on comics I was familiar with, but the more that were created, the more I watched, and that in turn actually got me interested in the original comics, so I can’t really say I like an adaptation more if I’m familiar with the comics. I’ve never read a single issue of Supergirl, but I sure as hell love the show!

One of the key factors for me is having characters I like. My favorite adaptations are ones with comic characters I’m already familiar with, or characters so bad ass I instantly love them. I think that’s why I prefer CW’s adaptations over Netflix’s. Sure, Jessica Jones is cool and all, but she don’t make me squee like an idiot like Felicity Smoak does.

Related to characters, another aspect that draws me in is the shipping. I know for some people they don’t care who a character ends up dating/ married to, but for me, the romantic relationships are important. It’s something I’m also drawn to in video games, books and non-comic book TV shows and movies. I think that’s why I don’t like the Netflix shows as much, because the romantic relationships aren’t as big a focus as they are in other shows.

So what about you guys? What comic book adaptations are your favorite? And what makes you love them so much?

Let us know in the comments below, or on our Twitter and Facebook!

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(B) BookTears: Awkward Times You’ve Caught Book Feels

b, blog, a to z challenge, book tears, booktears, funnyIt’s for Booktears people. We’ve all had that book that we were so involved in the story, so connected with the characters, that our feels go into overdrive and salty water just seems to fall from our eyes for no reason at all. These are called booktears, and yes, they happen in the most awkward places. Check out some of our favorites lately-

At work, listening to an audiobook while programming.

-Ian Hiatt, Death of an Assassin

Reading Goblet of Fire on public transit isn’t a good idea. I just have bad season allergies.  

-Little Great Reads

I was on a plane to New york from London, bawling my eyes out during ‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’. My partner touched me subtly on the arm and mouthed ‘you okay?’ and I had to confess it was the book!

-S.D. Wasley, Downfall

I’ve cried in public over a book too many times to count. I don’t get bothered. I just sniff loudly and tell everyone who walks by what a great book it is, as they scurry away from me tossing worried looks over their shoulders.

-Amy Bearce, Fairy Keeper

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In line at the DMV

-Epic Reads

New Year’s Eve. 11:30pm. Crying over Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. My boyfriend & his friends laughed and laughed and laughed…

-Jessica Gunn, Gyre

Crying in a supermarket cafe as I typed the last sentence of the first draft of Unhappenings

-Edward Aubry, Unhappenings

I used to hide fiction books behind my textbooks in school. I was reading one of the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz and my favorite character died. I broke down in tears and had to admit I was not as enthralled by the geometry lesson as it seemed.

-Nikki Tetreault, CQ Marketing

I got to a certain section of LOOKING FOR ALASKA and started bawling so hard, I had to go to the bathroom just to calm down. Talk about awkward.

-Vicki Leigh Catch Me When I Fall

I teach middle school and during my prep period one day at school, I was sneaking in a few pages of a book I was reading in the kindle app on my phone. I was blind-sided by a tragic turn of events and cried. My next class walked in to find me putting away my phone and wiping my eyes. Those poor kids probably thought I was having a breakdown or a personal crisis.

-Samantha Bryant, Going Through The Change

It wasn’t me, but I had a friend call me REALLY PISSED OFF because I had recommended THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and she read it in public and… you know what happened.

-Ann M Noser, How to Date Dead Guys

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