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Avatar and starting #15

Final-Avatar-PosterI remember hearing about Avatar for the first time when I went trolling for info about Sam Worthington after falling for him in Terminator: Salvation and was happy to see he was going to star in a James Cameron flick. I’ve rarely met (on-screen) an Aussie actor I didn’t like. What is it about Australia that produces these hotties?

Anyway, I finally saw Avatar last week. In 3-D no less. I think I want to see it again. It was a stunning film on many levels and has stuck in my mind, but I only gave it a 9/10 on imdb.com.

I couldn’t figure out what it was lacking for me until I read a bit more on it. And yes, I suppose the story was a bit simplistic. However, I don’t fault it for this at all (if perhaps keeping it from being a 10/10 for me). The movie works. But the villains were 2-dimensional and the plot twists were rather predictable. The surprise and awe was in the visuals not in the storyline. As a writer, I expect just a smidge more.

However, what Avatar got right in my books and that 2012 — the other big budget movie I’ve seen lately that did not work for me as Avatar did — THE EMOTION. I was sucked in. I cared about these characters and what happened to them. So that was a big WIN in my books. That it wasn’t quite perfect as far as script? I’m okay with that. Because if it had been it might just have totally blown my mind like The Matrix did back in ’98 or whenever it came out.

I saw someone write that Sam’s character was completely TSTL. totally I agree. At least, at the beginning he was. His character arc involved him starting in that place and evolving to what he was meant to be — from unenlightened to enlightened. And I’m sorry, but he was still kinda hot as a blue dude.

So…. slightly lacking script + deep emotion involvement + awesome visuals = 9/10

I’ve heard it’s the first in a trilogy. I hope that’s true.

samToday I’m starting on my second urban fantasy in my duology (my fifteenth contracted book! Holy cows!) which has the working title of DEVIL’S APPLE, hereby referred to on the blog as DA. I’m excited about this book because…oh because of many reasons. Not the least of which is that Sam Worthington is the embodiment in the theater of my mind of my character Declan, a dhampyr with major issues (this pic is a good look for him).

I probably won’t write any pages today, but just mentally ease back into the world. I don’t have a long time to write this one — my deadline’s April 1st — so I’m going to be living and breathing this book for the next little while. Which, since I approach my writing like an actor approaches a part, I’m going to be immersed in death, violence, blood and vampires.

Writing darker and more thrilling stresses me out, but it’s worth it in the end. But I can’t write a totally dark book. I need to inject some comic relief in there somewhere via my designated comic relief “side kick” character. In this case, his name is Noah. Thank you Noah. I hope I won’t have to kill you.

5 comments to “Avatar and starting #15”

  1. Dru
     · January 10th, 2010 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Yay. I agree on Avatar. I mean my eyes a re a bit wonky so 3D doesn’t work 100% for me & gives me a headache at the end but it was really damn pretty.

    But the script was a little eh. But I didn’t know it was the start of a trilogy. Hmm. That’s interesting.

    And lol DA, that makes me think of David Anders. XD But oooh, exciting. Yesh. And a lil comic relief never hurt anyone. Unless you’re Wile E Coyote. XD

  2. Ash'o
     · January 10th, 2010 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Avater was confusing for me. The 3D was good. But I think they should put more 3D. After a while I was sore sitting in the chair for 3 hours. Plus my eyes were sore :( But in the other hand I glad I went to see it.

    Well good luck on your next book :)

  3. Tonya Kappes
     · January 11th, 2010 at 7:53 am · Link

    I agree with Avatar. The plot/story was not great, but the visuals and what they can do is amazing. I won’t see it again because as I writer I need more meat to chew on.

    Good luck with your next book. Three months isn’t long!!!

  4. Liza Palmer
     · January 14th, 2010 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Sam Worthington. Swoon.

    That is all.

    (Avatar…feh. Loved Zoe Saldana, thought she was amazing. Agree with the emotion. But, the script??? THE. SCRIPT?? Come on. Can we be a tad less predictable??? And if we’re talking beautiful – Lord of the Rings was beautiful…and an awesome script — sure it was based on a book, but Avatar was based on Pocahontas/Ferngully/Dances with Wolves, soooo… And LOTR had Viggo. Win/Win/Win)

  5. Karen W.
     · January 15th, 2010 at 9:47 pm · Link

    I, too, was impressed with Sam Worthington in “Terminator Salvation” — he totally stole the movie from Christian Bale.

    I LOVED “Avatar”! I’ve seen it twice and would like to see it again. I thought it was amazing, and I, too, cared about the characters, so it was enough plot for me. :)

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