BookBlogWriMo: Combining Day 25: How do I deal with book hangovers & Day 26: Cheating on books – TV & Movies.
Day 25: I don’t really have book hangovers. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I write. If I become so inspired by a book or the opposite (sick of the terrible characters or storylines I have read) then I just make up my own story. So most of the times I am writing and can get burnt out from that easily. That’s when the reading takes over. I need a few days or even a week to walk away from my writing and look at words through some else’s eyes.
Day 26: I learned this lesson when I was a teenager. Having mentioned before that due to my anxiety to reading it is really hard for me to pick up a book voluntarily and start reading (not so hard now, but back when I was young, rarely happened). So, one summer I got a job at a hotel gift shop. It was boring. I sat there with not much to do. The gift shop was tiny (I think my bedroom was bigger), so not much merchandise to deal with or cleaning. The hotel was small and in my home town (about a 30 minute drive from any big city). As you can imagine I had a lot of time on my hands, so I grabbed a book from the best seller shelf (having already read all the magazines in an hour). I picked up Jurassic Park. My cousin had raved about it, so I figured I would give it a gander. I loved that book.
Then I heard they were making it into a movie. I thought it was the perfect book for a movie as it left a chance for a sequel at the end (SPOILER ALERT: some dinosaurs getting off the island). Long story short I saw the movie and was pissed. Characters had been changed, the bad guy was made good and the perfect sequel ending was changed.
I hated the movie and learned a valuable lesson, never read a book and then watch the movie. When everyone told me to read Harry Potter I refused, wanting to wait until after I saw the movies to read the books.
Recently, a TV show (though I think it got canceled) has been made out of one of my favorite books Forever A Novel by Pete Hamill. I watched the pilot and everything has been changed. The only thing that is the same is that the character has been living in New York for two hundred years. The main character of the book is Irish, born in the mid 1700 in what is modern day Belfast (just outside on a farm). The character in the show is English. Why-o-why did they change him to English? Even that tiny detail is just stupid, makes no sense.
NaNoWriMo: I wrote some of the story today! Yay! My plotting is almost complete, but the first third of the book is completely plotted. So I figured I could get to writing again. About 1000 words written today, perhaps more tonight. I’ll see how much energy I have after I put the boys to bed. Short post – need to get back to writing.