Film Novelizations: My Latest Obsession

Lately, I have been absolutely obsessed with buying film novelizations as a personal hobby and new entrepreneurial venture. I miss the hours I used to spend reading, and am trying to get in at least an hour of pleasure reading a day. Which even that isn't always easy when my businesses take up so much of my time. But we make time for the things we really want to do, right? At least that's what I'm shooting for as a goal, just like writing more blog posts is a goal. Ha.

Anywho, getting back to the subject at hand, novelizations and other noteworthy books. I have managed to overfill a small bookshelf and half of an additional one in an appallingly short amount of time, simply because I can't stop hunting for these sweet little treasures. In case you're not familiar with a film novelization, let me show you a few examples of my recent acquisitions...

This is just a mere sampling of what I have actually accumulated recently. Now the other reason for this post is to let you know about my new Instagram Shop called LaCreeperie, where I sell books, magazines and rare VHS all with a horror, scifi or pop culture theme. Being that Instagram is mobile-only (although you can view it on statigram.com/lacreeperie) this is a much different platform than what I'm used to with all of my other selling platforms, but I love a challenge, and these books, etc are a welcome addition to my daily record business. Besides that, with LaCreeperie, I can focus on my beloved Horror genre, throwing in a little SciFi and Pop Culture now and then as well.


Hopefully you'll be intrigued enough to take a peek, you may find something you can't live without! Payment details are in my Instagram profile, and Paypal is the preferred method of payment. Always remember that you don't need a Paypal account to pay with this method. But for those who are wary of Paypal, I can also take credit/debit card payments directly, so just contact me amd I'll make it happen, safely and risk-free.

Happy reading!

 

Where the Hell Have I Been and Secret Windows by Stephen King

Instead of wasting time apologizing for an inexplicably long absence, I'll just say it's good to be back. What a long, strange year (and a half) it's been. There have been deaths, births, rebirths, vast discoveries and many great victories in the time I have been away from here. But I never stopped thinking of you, never stopped thinking, "I really need to write a blog post on my neglected writing blog". Because, as I'm sure you've forgotten, I have a vinyl blog as well, and can barely keep that up with any amount of regularity, although I do try, I really do. Because of course, I am a record seller, and that's where nearly all of my time is spent, growing and cultivating my little space in the big bad world of business on the internet.

Now. Speaking of business, let's get down to it. I have managed to read a *few* (read: not nearly as many as I would have liked) books over the last many months, probably too many to mention here, but too few to give you an idea where my head has been at. So I'll just begin today's post with how I have been slowly letting more reading and writing into my daily life, one tiny baby step at a time....

This little bookshelf has been the source of great inspiration lately, I "made" it around Halloween time, and ever since I have been steadily reading and putting together a stream of thoughts and ideas for upcoming writing projects. The bookshelf is filled with mostly vintage horror short story collections from the 60's and 70's, as well as a rapidly growing collection of Stephen King, Harlan Ellison (thank you Neil!), pop culture film novelizations and a ridiculous number of horror anthologies of varying eras and sub-genres. Whew!

But the book I'd like to share with you today is the companion piece to Stephen King's On Writing which I have previously gushed about here. I'm shocked and saddened to admit that I didn't even know it existed until a very short time ago, and procured a copy as fast as I could. It goes further in depth in writing style (what to do and what not to do) and such, and includes interview excerpts from previous books. If you love On Writing as much as I do, Secret Windows is a must-have. Enjoy!

 

What's Going On? The Joy And Consequences Of A Writing Slump

Apologies to anyone out there, actually reading this blog, for the quiet stretch. It seems as though I'm in a bit of a writing slump; caused by lack of prioritization and life in general, and have just cracked the whip on myself to get back on the writing wagon. However,  it also seems as though there is a good balance of good and bad to this brief pause in writing, so of course I must share that with you as well...

I am no longer enrolled in the HPAP, but have previously hinted about that. To put it plainly, I feel that this isn't the best way to spend my precious writing time. And the only thing I can really say about the program is that it just wasn't for me. Those who are looking to pursue a web writing career, will most likely find it incredibly helpful and an enlightening use of time. That being said, I only lasted two of the six months, so I don't have the most well-rounded view of the program. I am very grateful for being accepted in the first place, and wish all of my fellow teammates the best of luck and continued success.

On the other side of the coin, I have gotten some solid reading in lately, and feel very good about that because I know it will fuel my writing, down the road. In less than 24 hours I have; devoured A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (and before you roll your eyes at me too hard, it's because it has a time-travel element in the story and I've read it multiple times since 1989); written a full story plot line for the first time ever in my life; and read a healthy portion of the Writer's Market for Short Stories & Novels to get me going on the right track again. I've been good at telling myself  "writers must read--and read often" with the added bonus of no guilt attached (by thinking I should be doing something else "more productive").

All good things that. So off I go, to get more writing done. The words await. Happy writing!

Book/Film Comparison: Somewhere In Time: Time Travel and Lost Love

Having just immersed myself in both the book and the film Somewhere In Time, I felt it was absolutely necessary to dedicate a post to them both. Incidentally, the original title for the book is Bid Time Return by the masterful Richard Matheson. The was changed for the film to make it more accessible, although I prefer the original (of course, don't I always??). However, I'm happy to report that Matheson also wrote the screenplay, which is why it translates so well to the big screen.

Now this is most definitely not the first time I had heard of, or seen the film. I've no doubt watched it at least a dozen times throughout the previous years. But this is the first time I had read the book, devouring it in a scant two days. At first, I didn't care for the choppy sentences, or the way Richard (our hero and main character) 'spoke'. Perhaps my seeing the film first so many times clouded my judgement there, I'm not sure. And there are several elements I didn't care for in the book, but I won't cloud your opinions with spoilers here.

Two fascinating things happened during this two-day immersion of book and film:

  • It rekindled my lifelong interest in time travel
  • It rekindled my admiration of Christopher Reeve (may his soul fly free), and what he brought to the role coming immediately off of Superman
Time travel has always interested me, and perhaps science will catch up with it someday. They now say that time travel to the future is possible, but not to the past. Hmm... All of our selfish desires aside, going back to the past would indeed be a wondrous, and most likely dangerous feat. One that we mere humans at our current stage of evolution could not begin to handle properly.

Christopher Reeve portrays Richard flawlessly. I found myself conducting a sort of character study of 'Richard', noting the changes he goes through after just the first sight of the photograph of Elise. These changes are subtle, yet significant, and differ slightly from those in the book. The sincerity with which Christopher plays Richard is so genuine, so believable, and very touching. The same can absolutely be said for Jane Seymour, as Elise. No one else could have played her so beautifully, and a lot has to be said for she and Christopher's chemistry--one that would last many years after the film. She has named one of her sons after him.

So for those who are rolling their eyes, scoffing at this 'gushy love story', let me enlighten you to a few things. It was a string of men who believed in this story so much and got it made into film. Everyone who worked on the film did so for less pay than they were accustomed to getting, for sheer love of the project. In fact, the music, which was so essential to the story line, was done by John Barry (Goldfinger, Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves just to name a few) as a favor to Jane, his dear friend. A testament to the power of this 'gushy love story' had over many people.

Obviously, I cannot recommend the book and the film highly enough. Both are expertly executed, and make for great storytelling. The one thing I will say is perhaps to read the book and then see the film, if you have not already seen it. Heart wrenching, beautiful and an interesting idea of time travel and lost love. Don't forget to watch the wonderful documentary on the special features of the DVD.It will help give you a true sense of what it was like to make a film of this nature, in this time period. Just lovely.