Q:Let's say your books will be given a film adaptation, which series would you want to see in the big screen? The Chemical Garden or The Internment Chronicles? Personally, I want Perfect Ruin because its futuristic sci-fi, and I love CGI and special effects. But I don't know if you feel the same. So...?
In high school, I had this teacher who would assign a book a week, and at the end of the week, once we’d turned in our essays, we would see the film adaptation. My favorite book he assigned that semester was Catcher in the Rye, only there was no film adaptation for that one. The teacher explained that Salinger refused to sell the film rights and that it was against his wishes that a film ever be made.
At the time, I didn’t understand this. But it’s been more than 12 years since I left that class, and that book, behind me, and that book still means something to me to this day. I still love it, and I still own the copy I’d bought for that class, and I still think that it’s a profound and wonderful story. The story I read is the story the author intended for me to have. And now that Salinger is dead, that story of his lives on in its original form.
I understand and appreciate this now that all these years have passed. I understand why he didn’t want a film adaptation. Hollywood acquires a novel, someone writes a screenplay, and that movie is made to reflect current market trends. It’s given a cast of popular actors, or up-and-comers who will go on to be tabloid legends, and it is judged for its film adaptation. The book gets buried. The book is not the only legacy anymore, although the book is the true story, the true legacy.
I don’t know what’s in store for my books. I don’t know if the world will still be reading them after I’m dead. But even if, 50 years from now, all that’s left of my books is one beaten-down copy in someone’s garage sale, it will still be the story I intended the world to know. And that’s all I could ask for.
The tl;dr: I’m indifferent to my books ever becoming movies and prefer to focus on writing my books.
That’s so smart, I totally get it. Now I know.
Q:Who is your favorite character in your Wither trilogy besides Rhine and who is also your favorite in The Internment Chronicles besides Morgan?
For Wither, I would have to go with Cecily. She caused the most conflict and I never knew what she was going to do next. In the end I was really proud of how much she grew, but I wasn’t very surprised—I knew she could do it.
For Internment Chronicles, hands down my favorite is Pen. There are just so many things within herself that she hides from me. For instance, her real name is Margaret, and that’s how I wrote it for the first few chapters. But Margaret felt like the right name and the wrong name at the same time, and eventually I figured out that she would prefer a nickname.
Around the time Morgan and Pen were born, the king had encouraged couples in the queue to name their children something that began with an M, as there was a decline in popularity for names beginning with that letter. As a result, Margaret became one of the more popular names, and a few girls in one of her early classes shared it with her. A teacher gave her the nickname Pen because she was always carrying art pens in the pocket of her uniform.
This may seem like a fairly small detail, but for Pen it’s just a hint of her rebellious nature. On the ground, I think she would be sneaking out of windows and getting into cars with boys and just generally enjoying all sorts of mischief. But on Internment, she’s loyal and respectful of her little world, and she’s afraid to think that the life and the faith she was raised under may not be the whole truth.
Even now as I write book 3, there’s so much that I’m learning about her as she gains my trust, and I feel a certain responsibility to tell her story with the honesty and respect with which she’s entrusted me.
Regrets, regrets, regrets. Do you have any of these?
Wise words from Mindy McGinnis.
First of all, I want to thank the customers who purchased my designs on Redbubble, I want to tell you how much I appreciate it and how much it means to me, so a million thanks to you. And for the first-time visitors and the ones who always visits, thank you for even laying your eyes on my graphics, there’s no better feeling than being appreciated and noticed for something you really worked hard for.
Just this, Monday, I did a really hard decision to stop selling my art and closing my online shop. This is not due to any copyright matters or anything like that. Something just happened and it’s my fault for not thinking about it since the beginning and I wasn’t prepared.
Unfortunately, I won’t be getting any use for the money I earned in selling my art, I was really disappointed and I still am. I just had a little problem with the bank and it will be too long before it’s fixed. But, I know now that the money I earned are basically useless and put to waste.
But that doesn’t mean I won’t be posting new art every week, I made this blog not for the sole purpose of earning money, I didn’t really thought about that from the beginning. I made this blog so I can express my thoughts and feelings about something I love through the form of art.
For those who made my Hannibal posters and YA Book designs bestsellers, those who keeps requesting and for those who keeps asking what’s coming next, I really appreciate it and I want to thank you all.
Right now, I’m working on the new layout and design of my blog, I want to give it a rebirth. I’m also expanding my fandom to attract more readers and visitors. Yesterday, I just got a copy of the complete set of the Harry Potter movies and I watched it for the first time, I can’t believe I just missed a decade of awesomeness! Besides this, here are some of the fandoms that will be appearing on my blog in the future.
- Harry Potter (Movie)
- Supernatural (TV)
- Witches of East End (TV)
- Once Upon a Time (TV)
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (TV)
- The 5th Wave (Book)
- Horror Movie Poster Series
- Arrow (TV)
- Teen Wolf (TV)… and more.
If you have more suggestions, I’m open to it now.
A close-up look at the Proxy poster. (Novel by Alex London)
To all the Chapter 11s out there (or whichever binary number you are—there’s only 0 and 1, though).
-This book is one hell of a ride, it’s just amazing from first chapter to the last! I had a blast! It’s really one of a kind, everything about it. I’ve never been this excited and thrilled about a book since Unwind (N. Shusterman) and Starters (L. Price). The romance (well, kind of), the people, the city, the lifestyle, the technology, it’s just… well, like Marie Lu said, “off-the-charts amazing”! Non-stop action and you keep turning the pages to see what happens between Knox and Syd, their tandem is so unlike others and the club part just made me… *swoon*. And I must say, Alex London did some great character assassination. I was never disappointed or annoyed at any part of the book and I totally recommend this to… you, yeah, exactly you!
About the posters above, I made two versions, I only wanted to picture Syd but then I realized, if this were a movie, there’d be three names above the movie poster so I made two. The second poster is supposed to be only Syd and Knox facing each other but then I realized that would be too gay, I have no problem with that but I also don’t want to give the wrong interpretation so as much as I wanted Marie out of the scene, I still included her there because no matter how hard I deny it, Marie is cool and a bad-ass. In case you’re wondering what she’s holding, it’s the always-mentioned-and-a-big-aspect-of-the-book EMD Stick. Since it was a stick, I don’t want it to look thick because I’m afraid Marie would look like she’s holding a dildo, just kidding, if you don’t know what that means, don’t Google it.lol. The thing looking like an O above Syd’s head is the drone. I bet you can’t guess which movie posters I traced those bodies from.
I can’t wait for Guardian, coming soon this year!
Hooray for Arrow Season 3!
It’s not very often that you see a superhero show on TV, that’s why I love this show since the first season. It has very interesting characters, shocking revelations and breathtaking action! And I can’t hide my excitement when Colton Haynes (Roy Harper/Red Arrow) confirmed that the show will receive its third season!
Plus, a spinoff series about The Flash (played by Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and introduced in the episode “The Scientist” in Arrow) will air this year and if that wasn’t enough to drive me crazy!
I hope you like my poster which is kind of a vector art but kind of not, too. I don’t know, I haven’t decide yet. lol.
I’ve been waiting for this book ever since it was announced. I can’t believe I just finished reading it and I love it! I can’t wait to read what happens next to Morgan Stockhour (and Pen and Thomas, too!). Here’s a poster I made, it’s Internment with its own atmosphere. I hope you like it.
Supernatural Throwback Set 2.
-Episode 6 and 7… for now.
HORROR & THRILLER MOVIE POSTER SERIES #2: Carrie (2013).
-Despite what critics and people say about remakes, I’m still excited with the concept of remakes, it makes the original movie alive and remembered even if they suck at some point. I like this new version of Carrie, it’s like the Carrie version for teenagers of the 20th century.