Mind-Fracked

The Daily Prompt is asking: When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

Hands down, the Tacky Award goes to anything Miley Cyrus could ever come up with.  Twerking and the tongue thing… it just makes me throw up a little.

I watch shows like Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Banshee and True Blood.  When it comes to blood and gore, I’m A-Okay! (The graphic sex scenes help a lot!!) 😉  However, psychological thrillers scare the holy bajeebus out of me every time!   I will not watch anything with dead/ghost children, either, they’re just creepy.  That being said, though, The Grudge didn’t scare me at all.

theringrebootThe Ring did.  Mostly, because I watched it at night, all by myself and the good guys didn’t win in the end.  You can’t have a scary movie where the dead thing is still at large at the end, it’s just wrong.  I shamelessly admit to ejecting this from my DVD player and throwing it out the front door when it was over, then spending the rest of the night in a state of total terror of my own damn television set.

I’m not a huge fan of paying to get the life scared out of me, and I’ll pass whenever these flicks show up on TV.  The ones that always stick with me the longest, though, are the ones that could really happen.  Seven, SAW, Jeepers Creepers, House of Wax (though it was entertaining to watch Paris Hilton bite it in true Lita Ford fashion), Wrong Turn… I still watch for barbwire across back roads in rural areas…I’m sure there’s many more I just can’t think of right off the top of my head.  Whenever the ‘bad guy/girl’ is someone that could actually exist, and do things to people that are completely possible, it freaks me the hell out.  It’s Mind-Fracking!

But my ultimate choice for scariest movie ever is…(drum roll, please)

SerpentandtherainbowThe Serpent and the Rainbow.  Anyone else ever cringe and sob through this movie or was it just me???  I have, to this day, a very high respect (and by respect, I mean avoidance at all costs) of voodoo.  As far as Wes Craven films go, this has got to be his masterpiece, despite being more famous for Freddy Kruger’s Slumber-Time Adventures.  I’ve only seen Bill Pullman in two other noteworthy roles since; Brokedown Palace and purposely falling off of a hotel balcony in The Grudge – which was, by far, the best part of the entire movie and the only one that took me by surprise.

Okay, fine Lake Placid was HILARIOUS, but that was mostly thanks to Betty White.  🙂

 

Sex & Romance in Epic Fantasy / SciFi

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What are the odds that you would ever pick up a book with some half naked man/woman on the cover and buy it?  Would you read it?  Is it a guilty pleasure or do you proudly stalk right up to the register and slap it on the counter?

The Erotic Romance genre is a HUGE market, especially in the world of e-books, and it’s no secret that 99.9% of the readers AND writers are women.  Slow your roll, this isn’t a debate about men vs. women.  What I’d really like to talk about, is stereotyping.  The title “Romance Novel” has an unfortunate stigma attached to it that keeps many readers from even skimming those shelves, physical or virtual.  And that’s just sad.  Here’s why:

Most every single one of the “Epic” Fantasy or SciFi classics is either centered around a love story, or has one woven into the plot that plays a major role in how everything pans out.  Whether it’s Aragorn and Arwen, Anakin and Padme, Leia and Han or Jake and Neytiri… the human emotion of love is a necessary element, because as with all of the other struggles, sorrow and triumphs in the story, we can relate to it.  It’s like a pearl of realism in a world made of sheer fantasy.  It allows us, even for just a couple of hours, to believe in the possibility of that pretend place, those supernatural creatures, being real.  Anakin&Padme

So, what are the odds that you could actually find all of that inside of a “Romance Novel?”  Very high, actually.  I have read some Erotic Romance novels that, if ever adapted into film, would rival shows like Game of Thrones and Spartacus, movies like 300 and Immortals.  But the odds of them ever garnering such “Epic” attention is so very, very slim.  Because they are written under the category of “Romance.”

Listen up, Judges.  Just like everything else, Romance novels have also evolved over the last 50 years.  They’re not all just purple prose and Jane Austen with nudity.

“Well, the characters are just too unrealistic,” I often hear.  It’s true that most of the female characters are exceptionally beautiful and the men outrageously gorgeous, but I honestly didn’t see anyone complaining about that as ‘exceptionally beautiful’ and ‘outrageously gorgeous’ actors took on the roles of their favorite characters for the big screen.

arwen__aragorn“Men are never really like that” – This one, believe it or not, is a common complaint from both genders.  This is derived from the old “I’m Tarzan (looking), but I also spout poetry and give awesome foot massages, because I’m totally in touch with my feminine side” personae that most people believe Romance novels are all about.  Can you see me rolling my eyes?  Trust me, this is definitely NOT the case in most current works of romance.  There are no more or less ‘bad’ romance novels than there are any other kind of novel and it truly saddens me that so many in the literary circles look down on romance novel authors as if they are “less” of a writer, simply because they choose to focus on love and sex.  Two of the most basic, easy-to-relate-to human connections in the world.

KahleesiThe point is, that’s not all they are about.  Just as with some of the “Epic” fantasy and SciFi favorites, a good majority of Erotic Romance novels are packed full of action, suspense, politics, family hardships, personal and spiritual growth, inner-demons, real demons, etc…  They have much bigger plots surrounding the relationship between the main protagonists.  What really bothers me, is when Hollywood does finally decide to make a movie out of a “Romance Novel,” it’s Fifty Freaking Shades of Grey.  Like it’s the first ever BDSM novel to hit the shelves.

LordsoftheUnderworldNo, I’m not here to slander E.L. James or her books.  I’m here to say that I would much rather see Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series adapted to film.  Why?  Because the action is bloody, the suspense is crippling, the supernatural elements are unique, the humor is amazing and the plots would stand up all on their own even if you took the graphic sex out.  If you took the BDSM aspects out of Fifty Shades, you’d be left with a YA romance about a young couple coming from two different worlds – one excessively wealthy, the other not – Wow, I’ve never seen that movie before….

Look, I really don’t care if you never touch a Romance Novel in your life.  All I care about is being looked down upon for choosing to write it.  You know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover?  Yet that is exactly how Romance Novels are treated, and likewise, their authors.  Everyone writes what they love, and are no more or less “Great” at it than they have a natural talent for.  Even then, writers – of EVERY genre – are always learning how to refine their craft.

One day, I hope, Erotic/Romance Novels will speak for themselves and show the literary world all the “Epic” greatness they’ve been missing because of their preconceived notions that it’s all just trash.  Until then, I’m going to keep writing what I love and writing it to the utmost of my ever-evolving ability and unless you’ve actually taken the time to read any of it, I’d hope you’d have the courtesy of keeping your mind open or at least your mouth shut.  Believe it or not, we don’t look toward your favorite genres with aspiring longing.  We got this.

Party Planning 101

Warning: This post includes spoiler alerts for the T.V. shows ‘Hart of Dixie’ , ‘Arrow’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ so if you’re not current, you might want to stop reading now.

There seems to be a lot of partying going on lately.  Granted, they’re all on TV, but I was laid up all day yesterday with a pinched nerve in my right wrist.  I’m right handed, so you can see my dilemma.  However, it allowed me to get caught up on some of my shows.  Today the Daily Post is asking us to plan our own parties, and I can’t help comparing my ideas to those I just witnessed.

Now, when it comes to planning parties, the Belles of Bluebell, Alabama own the market for southern expectations, but amidst their brilliant flower arrangements, place settings and delicious menus, there always seems to be a musical number with costumes involved and I just don’t think I could ever keep a straight face breaking out into song and dance amongst my family and friends.

 

Starling City is constantly the venue to some kind of major party, typically political or in some way beneficial for the city, though the hosts or hostesses have less than benevolent motives.  I don’t think my circle of loved ones would care for the drama of that one party-crasher that never fails to show up – usually with the ability to crush a man’s skull with their bare hands or something equally dangerous.  I’d certainly hate to be running for Mayor and lose by a sword rather than votes.

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On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to end up being the main event at my own party by dying from poison like King Joffrey Baratheon, either.  Not exactly the ideal way to keep your soiree the talk of the town for weeks to come.  I just have to say here, though, that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

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So, being surrounded by all of these examples of what I wouldn’t want, I suppose I’d have to say that no one actually plans a party for themselves.  Parties are designed around your guests, not yourself and I’m fortunate enough to have the kind of friends and family that are just as happy with potluck BBQ’s on paper plates, as they are with themed events that require a little more planning.  Dance floors are always welcome, musicals – not so much.  And as long as the politics and poison stay at bay, everyone has fun!

It’s Show Time!

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Lestat – Queen of the Damned

Seriously, I have a problem…

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Damon – The Vampire Diaries

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Vlad – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Lucas Hood – Banshee

 

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Eric Northman – True Blood

I can’t seem to stop rooting for the not-so-good-guys…

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[Nic]Klaus – The Originals

…(Or the not-so-good-girls!)

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Pam – True Blood

Wait a second… there isn’t a single ‘good’ person on Banshee, so I guess I’m rooting for the whole damn cast!

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Rebecca, Job, Lucas, Carrie (aka Ana[stasia]) – Banshee

And of course I watch the Game of Thrones, but that cast is just confusing.  Everyone I started out hating, I now root for and everyone I used to root for is now dead… except two.

Hail Khaleesi!

Hail Ayra Stark!

 

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