TCWT: “What are your thoughts on book-to-movie adaptions? Would you one day want your book made into a movie, or probably not?”
ZH: You may have missed My Top 10 YA Movie Adaptations, but I basically said that I treat the movie and books as separate entities. If one completely diverges from the other, I'm not happy, but usually, as long as the essence is captured, I'm okay if they gloss over some stuff. If my book were to become a movie, I'd want to be part of the process (like JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth have been for their series), but would be okay with changes being made.
This year has been absolutely crazy for me. Hours of testing and test preparation, homework, papers, PR work, spending time with family and friends, and my own novels, I haven't really had time to relax and unwind.
School is out now, I'm done with all standardized testing (PSATs, APs, ACT, SATs, and SAT2s) and all other work besides my own creative pursuits (and college applications starting in August, but let's not talk about that now).
I think the plot and characterization of "bloodsuckers" injected new life into the oversaturated paranormal vampire romance genre (but don't tell Mun Oh I referred to him as the v-word).
I would rate those two elements ✯✯✯✯✯, but there were times when the mechanics of the story bothered me. There was a lot of head-hopping which made it hard to follow what was happening (especially when I couldn't tell if Mun Oh was using his telepathic powers or not).
Other than that, I immensely enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others.
Some of you may remember my OUAT Sunday Soup where I talked about the importance (and my obsession) with complicated, layered villains. If not, read it after you finish this post.
Anyway, "I must say, I felt quite" elated to hear about this movie. I mean, come on, it's Angelina Jolie playing the "Mistress of All Evil" and mother of Disney Villains. Like the star, I never identified with Aurora. She sleeps for more than half the film and has fewer words (sung and spoken) than Maleficent according to this awesome post about why the character Maleficent is amazing. (search "words" and read the paragraph in this article).
I loved this movie. It was a visual spectacle, Angelina's performance blew me away, and the plot was moving (albeit different from the animated Disney film). In all actuality, Maleficent was more along the lines of the original Sleeping Beauty tales (minus the princess becoming impregnated in her sleep—Disney does have a reputation to keep) where the "Evil Fairy" has agency (which back then was considered bad). You can read a whole history lesson on that.
One of my favorite YouTube reviewers, Grace of Beyond the Trailer, said that this was another example of Linda Woolverton's feminist agenda... I don't necessarily agree. Strong women do not necessarily equate to feminism in the sense of an angry woman protesting all the sins of men (although there certainly is that aspect in the movie).
As a PG film, even the darkest elements of this film remained brief. I do agree with Grace in her wish that we got to see the iconic villain we loved from the animated film. Again, the audience is treated to some episodes of her reveling in the terror she causes, but not as much as I would have liked. Which goes back to the film's relation to its Disney source material.
The marketing team portrayed this film as the classic told from Maleficent's perspective. And while it is her story, it is not merely a flip-side account of the animated tale where Maleficent curses Aurora, Aurora goes to live in a cottage, meets a prince, falls asleep, prince fights & kills dragon. The two really only overlap as far as the curse, Aurora's life in the cottage, and meeting Prince Phillip in the woods. People who were expecting a Disney-fied Wicked (where the reputation of the Wicked Witch is false, but the events still seemingly happen) will be somewhat disappointed. I can't blame them for that. But, if you take it as an adaptation, not a "retelling" as they kept saying in all the promos and interviews, then one will thoroughly enjoy this new Disney masterpiece.
Zara, thanks so much for letting me drop by to talk about my publishing experiences.
When I first began my journey on the path to being a published author, I considered self-publishing, but decided I'd give the traditional route a chance first. I queried agents with my first project. Of course, I sent it too early, and received nothing but rejections. Undeterred, I moved on to a new project. And, once that baby shone, I sent it off to a new round of agents. This time, I received a few nibbles, but no takers.
So, I went back to my first project, and revised, and wrote, until it barely resembled the original story I'd begun with. I thought about sending it to agents, but decided to try a different track, and sent to a few small publishers who took unagented submissions. I got two bites. Then I got an offer. And that started my publishing story.
With three stories at MuseItUp, and a new series releasing from BookFish books, I turned back to my thoughts of self-publishing. A control-freak at heart, this really seemed something I should try. I'd be in complete control of everything.
When the anthology I'd submitted a short story to seemed to be gaining no traction, I pulled my submission and got to work. I wrote, and edited, and sent it to CPs and Betas. And I edited some more, taking it from short story length to novella length. I knew this would be the one I'd test the self-publishing waters with.
All books need a cover, so I contacted Charlotte Volnek. I'd worked with her two times before and loved the way she captured my books. She sent me a sample. We tweaked it a few times, and then, BOOM! There is was. Something to look at and squee about and renew my sense of excitement about the story.
No story is ever complete without being edited. I contacted Judy Roth, my very first editor, (judy-roth.com) and she read and commented, and I polished and tweaked (and learned my newest writing vice!) With her help, life was breathed into my story, and the characters began to shine like I knew they would.
Next up was formatting. Not being one to do things the easy way, I read, and re-read Susan Kaye Quinn's chapter on formatting the hard way (from Indie Author Survival Guide- I totally recommend this book to anyone considering self-publishing) I read about HTML coding, and studied some of the books I'd downloaded to see just how they did that, and slowly my book took shape the way I wanted it to.
And now, it's been released out into the world for others to read.
Every step on my journey has taught me something new, and this is no exception. Reach for your dreams, work to achieve them, and you will find them in your grasp.
About the Book
Tristan enjoys being in the shadows as Prince Rand's bodyguard. Similar in looks, the two often exchanged places in their youth, but he never expected the king to order him to impersonate the heir to the throne in order to win the hand of a princess.
Princess Zoe needs to find a husband. After a year of searching with no success, her father insists on hosting a masquerade ball for the eligible princes of the nine kingdoms. Not one prince piques her interest, until she meets the mysterious stranger who won't tell her his name.
When Tristan meets Zoe he finds the girl of his dreams. The only problem? She's a princess and he's impersonating a prince―a crime punishable by imprisonment and floggings. Unable to tell Zoe his real name, he gives her a special navigation device. One that leads to the owner's true love. Will this magic device lead Zoe to Tristan, or will her true love forever remain a mystery prince?
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About the Author
Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn't twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. She is an author and editor at BookFishBooks.
Her Princess of Valendria series (Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, Different Kind of Knight) are available for purchase. Her Faery Marked (book 1 in the Faery Series) will be available this summer.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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