Working on my YA edits today. Not much to say so I’ll talk a bit about my truest, dearest love: television. I taped the premiere of Knight Rider last night because as a teenager I loved the original show so so much. I don’t know if this is going to bring anything new to the idea. Probably not. I haven’t watched it yet.
I’m slowly, and retroactively getting into Gossip Girl. I might get the first season on DVD so I can catch up. Love that Chuck Bass guy.
Enjoying Fringe. Still not positive it’s a keeper, but the first two eps were really good – kind of an Alias/X-Files blend. And I loved both of those shows.
I’m watching True Blood. I’m liking it. Love the books, like the show. I’m not really connecting with the characters easily (although Bill is hot) but I’m positive it will grow on me. I find the high level of sexuality a bit off-putting and unnecessary. I think I heard somewhere that it’s been renewed for a second season so that’s wonderful. I look forward to seeing where the show goes.
Supernatural, of course, is a must-see for me. It’s on tonight. I might do blog commentary after every episode.
Dancing with the Stars I can take or leave. We have So You Think You Can Dance Canada up here right now so I’d choose that over clumsy actors any day.
ANTM is a must-watch for me also. It’s just so funny (mostly unintentionally). And I still get a lot out of the show since it is all about competition and using what you have to get where you want to go. Last night’s lesson that I can apply to writing? Embrace what makes you different. It’ll make you stand out in a crowd. If you try to blend in, then you’ll just disappear. Word.
And I just love Family Guy. I’ve been watching the reruns on this. A lot of the humor falls flat for me but when it hits it, I’m rolling on the floor laughing. Literally last night when this unexpected montage came up:
Hmmm… doesn’t look like I can embed YouTube video on my new blog. Sigh. Oh well, click here for the Family Guy video.
And, one of the reasons why I love Meg Cabot so much. She is very wise…
…I’ve noticed that some people have been harshing on The Hills Lauren Conrad and her YA book deal. Some people seem to think it’s unfair that someone like Lauren like has gotten a book deal when there are other, possibly better writers out there who can’t get book deals at all.
I don’t think these people are seeing the big picture. Lauren’s book will make a lot of money, as celebrity books always do, and with that money, her publisher will be able to buy many books by unknown writers that they wouldn’t necessarily have been as inclined to buy otherwise.
(I specifically asked my publishers about this, and they assured me this is true. This is one of the reasons publishers buy celebrity books—to make a lot of money so they can then buy books they know probably won’t make any money at all. Editors, remember, love quality fiction and being able to launch a new talent they believe in but know perhaps won’t rake in the bucks. Please note I am not saying Lauren’s book won’t be quality fiction, because whoever writes it might do a really good job. We just don’t know yet.)
The truth is, basically all so-called “trashy fiction,” which generates a lot sales, enables publishers to buy so-called “literary fiction,” which has much smaller print runs, and makes much less money.