I am currently reading “The Art of War for Writers” by James Scott Bell. This book is filled with useful inspiration and straight shooting about what writing and living the author life are all about. Today I read an entry that especially inspired me (and made me chuckle a bit). Here is a short excerpt from that section, which was actually written by the successful novelist Terri Blackstock and was reprinted in “The Art of War for Writers” with her permission.
“I think one of the things unique to the writer’s life is that we do seem to be on a roller coaster…book comes out, good review, I dance again and sing for joy and write all my friends and make copies for my mother. Then I go on Amazon and read one lousy review from some hostile reader, and I notice that I’m ranked 6,000,342,786, and I go around the house looking for my gun or the Valium I threw away when I was dancing for joy the last time.
But before I pull the trigger or toss those pills down my throat, I start thinking, ‘What if some guy had a gun and a bottle of anxiety pills and before he offs himself a shot rings out and he hits the floor and suddenly wants to live, only others want him dead,’ and woo-hoo, my spirits soar and my eyes glaze over, and like a homing robot (if there is such a thing) I stumble back to that keyboard and start typing.”
Is that the truth or what? I could so relate to all the parts of this, the endless ecstasy and the bottomless pit of despair. How about you? Are you also on the writing roller coaster, trying to hold back your barf?
Perhaps it is just me, but I have often wondered why they don’t turn more romantic novels into movies. The romance novel market is a thriving one, a look around Amazon or any local bookstore should show you that. Even when you browse the shelves at Wal-Mart or your local grocery store, you tend to see more romantic paperbacks than any other genre.
However, unless you count the Nicholas Sparks or Danielle Steel books that have been turned into movies, it seems like very few adult romance novels, even those off the bestsellers list ever get a movie contract. I guess you could assume that maybe moviemakers figure they would be a hard sell, although that seems pretty odd, since they do make quite a few chick-lit books into movies…and surely those would have a similar demographic.
So what do you think? Why do they not turn many romance novels into films? Would you be willing to shell out the money to see some of your favorite romance novel characters heating up the big screen? I know I would love to see some of these movies made, but perhaps I am in the minority. If you have an opinion on the matter, please feel free to leave a comment below!
I always like to know what others are reading, in fact, when I go to the doctor’s office I often sneak peeks at the titles on the books the other patients are reading. Unfortunately, the popularity of the Nook and Kindle are making it harder to spy on people’s reading habits, but I’m not shy about sharing my interests, so below are some books I’m either currently reading or have shortlisted on my to-be-read pile.
If you have read any of these books, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of them! Also, do you have any great romance/erotica books you would suggest I add to my reading list?
“Bedtime Stories for Lovers” by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
I will keep this post short, but I just want to welcome everyone to my brand new blog! You can check out the “About Me” page for more information about me, but please think about taking a look at my new romantic erotica ebook, “Sexy Little Bites: Short Stories to Excite”, which is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $.99. I am also looking for willing folks to read and review “Sexy Little Bites”, so if you are interested, please leave a comment on this post or visit me on Facebook or Twitter.