Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Some Slivers

*A surprising discovery: my characters have made me slightly... schizo. I can definitely hear them speak. Often, when I walk through New York, I see people wearing things or saying things that could apply to one of them.

I love making them less "cardboard" and injecting them with conflicts. I've learned that while a reader often escapes with a book, so does a writer, while the work is actually being created.

Anyone else feeling a true kinship with their characters?

*Last night, I watched a DVR'd Oprah episode that focused on the Twilight phenomenon. By refusing to read these books, I feel as though I'm out of touch with a sliver of pop culture. Of course, I wear this abstinence as a badge of honor, and tend to bond with others who feel the same way. But I have to admit, that werewolf guy is pretty cute (he's only a few years younger than me).


*Mayowa, a fab blogger, wrote a wonderful post on The Best Seller Phenomenon. He talks about Twilight, Dan Brown, and James Patterson!

*This week, a lot of my shows are coming to an end, including Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl. Perhaps it's the perfect time to get into a new show? I've been hearing wonderful things about Glee and Lost.

*Also, I know it's kind of weird to analyze Gossip Girl, but on Monday night, I realized that Chuck Bass is a very compelling character. His behavior evokes sympathy and disgust from a viewer. You root for him while also hating some of his choices. I think that makes for a very strong character because he doesn't just fit into one distinct category.


*On a final, unrelated, note, I'm on the lookout for a new scent. Any suggestions? I do love Victoria's Secret scents, including Dream Angels and Body by Victoria. In high school, I was totally into the floral Ralph Lauren and Curve for Women.

*Hope everyone is doing well with their projects!! We're halfway to the weekend :) YAY!





22 comments:

  1. I didn't even know about this post when I replied to your comment on my blog. We ARE twins lol. Do you think you'll read Twilight just to figure out what that "sliver" is?

    I watch a lot of Mercy (Wednesdays on NBC), for some reason that shows mirrors my life very very closely hehe.

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  2. If you're seeing your characters' traits, wardrobe, dialogues in passersby, then your characters must be very realistic, which to me, is so important in a story. That touch of reality gives authenticity to the work.

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  3. Maybe I'll give Mercy a try!! Haha, I'm thinking about reading the books JUST as a social experiment. I did try to read the very first chapter a couple years ago and just couldn't get through it.

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  4. You've been smart to avoid the Twilight series. I've heard the first movie is better than the book. A fifth-grade student insisted I've "love" Twilight. By the second one, which is missing a plot, I was done.

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  5. I too, have never read the Twilights, nor will I. I don't like Vamps or Weres in the first place, and I with all the hype, I heard they weren't that good to begin with. Stephanie Meyer just got lucky, that's all.

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  6. Okay, I've read the books (and been dragged to the movies by my daughter). The books were entertaining to some degree, but I had a lot of problems with characters and the plot. The movies I find excruciatingly painful. I don't know if it's the acting or the script, but the dialogue about kills me.

    Just please don't tell my daughter I said it.

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  7. That's a good sign that your getting schizo with your characters. That's the creative juice bubbling in your veins!
    And don't feel bad about not reading Twilight. You'll definitely survive!

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  8. I've read and loved the Twilight series. I realize it has its faults, but despite that when I started reading I couldn't get enough of them. It was a very strange experience, but it felt like being a teenager again.

    And Taylor Lautner is very yummy in that movie ... and I don't feel so skeezy saying that since he is now of legal age.

    I hear you on the tv shows ending. I've lost LOST, Supernatural & Vampire Diaries all within the space of two weeks. And soon The Tudors will be done for good. Such a depressing summer!

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  9. I am totally with Joanne on the point that your characters must be true to life or you are madly in love with your work that you feel your characters live in people around you.
    You have a beautiful and a very happening blog here :)
    Loved it Saumya:)

    Cheers!!

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  11. Hey Saumya loved your post. We both are on same page about discussing Gossip Girl in our latest posts. Please try "Envy me" by Gucci. It is very unique.

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  12. I love it when I get to that point with my character(s) -- it means they're real enough and I know enough about them to inspire that kind of kinship. :)

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  13. ohh glee is awesome i have completed the 1st half of season 1 and its really nice especially some of the lead characters who have a really nice voice!!but the 2nd have has deteriorated dramatically den also i recommend watch it!!I'm a big twilight HATER.its time people start to appreciate good books and good artists as well. this pop culture is ruining the book and music industry!!i really connect with stephen king because that guy is an evil genius.he is like a child of darkness hehe.ohh watch supernatural too awesome series.nice blog.keep writing!!

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  14. OMG go to GLEE NOW! Watch it and feel the love!

    I read the first book of twilight and felt like BURNING it. Yes, I too hate it, but the werewolf kiddie is very hot. Kids should not be that hot, honestly.And if this is a silver moment of pop culture, we´re so effing doomed...

    I saw a Grey´s Anatomy spoiler on E!: One of the characters will be pregnant! I know who it is but I dont wanna ruin it if u dont know!

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  15. I think it's safe to assume that you and I would get along fine. Very. Never read or watched Twilight. Oh and my favorite author is James Patterson! Alex Cross is my dream man. ;p

    I still don't understand the Glee craze. Maybe I need to watch a few episodes before I pass on any judgment. I'm more into NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds, and Big Bang Theory! ;p

    Thanks for following me. I'm glad you did, else I wouldn't have discovered yours, which is a delight to read! ;p

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  16. good crisp writing...will be back for more ! :) oh and another twilight non reader...

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  17. I'm so glad I'm not alone - I refuse to read Twilight. Maybe one day...

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  18. I'm so happily amazed that there are a few people who haven't succumbed to the lure of Twilight. Thanks for the link to Mayowa's post -that was interesting reading too. Really made me think about why I love Twilight (I don't really know why!!! It's fluff! It will not enrich your life in anyway by reading it - well, except for... no. No. I will not tempt you.)

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  19. HMM I love DKNY Be Delicious scent and Tommy Girl is to die for!!!! You could try those scents!!! I wear them.

    Hmm and I tried to abstain from Twilight but my friend bought me the first book for my BDAY 2 years ago... so I kinda had to read it or she'd feel bad. The writing was really good for the first book, but the story went downhill after the first book. Wish i didn't read the other 3. The first NO DOUBT rocked but the rest completely BOMBED and the movies SUCK! ha. PHEW! watned to get that out there so bad lol.

    AND LOST is freaking amazing!! I think they have all the seasons online! You'll love it!!! They just did the Series finale this past week!! It was a amazing, i'm so sad it's over now! BEAST SHOW! Check it out!!! Oh and you might like the show GREEK, another fave of mine!

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  20. I watched the entire six seasons of Lost and loved it. It taught me so much about characterization. I totally recommend it! As for Twilight, I read the first book but couldn't bring myself to read the second.

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  21. YUSSSSSSS so glad you are joining me! haha Enjoy the badge! I'll be here to support you and hear about your WIP and progress :) This'll be a fun summer and we can be crazy together!!! lol!!

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  22. Your comment about Chuck Bass made me think of Draco Malfoy. Yes, I'm a Harry Potter nerd but I'm with you, Twilight is overrated. Taylor though... yes please.

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