Liz's Looming Lunacy

An author trying to find her place in the world.

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Location: Bayport, New York, United States

Swain's world (The Cosmic Unicorn #1); A Day in the Life (Alternate Hilarities #3); The Lawnmower that Ate Manhattan (NIEKAS, I forget the issue); Spring Cleaning (Sound Waves); Shadow Play (The Parasitorium II: Parasitic Sands, 2007); Crow's Feat (Free Fall (February, 2007) Oh, and Obligatory Holly Lisle Affiliate Link for writing workshops and stuff.


Novel Ideas

     Some writers have diversified and adapted their stories towards a video gaming audience -- something translatable to the screen. In a sense it doesn't seem much different from writing for the movies.
     Fashions, themselves, also come and go. Books may be out of season now, but they will come back into fashion again, eventually. You see, not everyone can afford either a computer or online access. Some barely afford it.
     The condition of literacy in the United States has deteriorated in a rapid spiral since I first learned reading at my older sister's knees back in Oregon (phonetic, of course -- another 'fashion' that comes in and goes out of style). A the same time that it has deteriorated, there is a rise in the number of folks who come to reading relatively late who somehow failed to learn it wile they attended elementary school. We also have the foreign immigrants who are now learning English as a second language (ESL).
     Curiosity, a sense of wonder, a delight in the written word: these are all things that come in and go out of fashion. There are folks who read a book before seeing a movie (I swore that off after the first Star Trek movie because the latter fell short of the former, but I never quite hardened my resolve enough to carry through on it), there are folks who see the movie and then read the book (sometimes I actually manage to do that).
     And then there are folks who figured that, since they saw the movie, they do not need to read the book. I pity these folks, because +books are so much, much more than a string of images stretched across a screen. Books tell us the nuances that movies cannot -- what a character really feels (assuming the character is the viewpoint), what the story really means, how parts of the plot tie together that they may have abandoned for the movie due to "time constraints".
     A movie is a facsimile. A book is the canvas upon which the true portrait is hung. That's why it will eventually come back into fashion.
     At least, in my humble opinion. ;-)


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