Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shaking the Muse: Razzle, Dazzle Us

My writing partner, the lovely Yelena Casale, and I are running a joint post (pictures changed for your entertainment). We have been throwing around ideas for our "secret project" for some time now. It's become obvious that we need a fresh perspective. And that's where you come in. Yes, you!
We want to hear about your favorite book, movie, TV show or play. Tell us why it's your favorite. What do you love about it? What was the best part? the most iconic scene? the story that you can't live without? Tell us the dirt. Spill the beans. We want to know.
In short, inspire us with your favorites. We're looking to bring out the big guns, cross genre lines, and write like there's no tomorrow. Nothing is off the list. If the secret project becomes WALKING DEAD meets LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD meets MOBY DICK, then heck we'll write the zombie white whale in a red hood. Okay, maybe not, but you get the picture.
Does this picture scare you as much as it does me?
So, help us out. What story last tugged at your heart strings? Which one opened your mind to another point of view? What tale inspired you?

UPDATE: As I was preparing this post yesterday, the muse struck! At about 11:30 last night, I emailed Yelena with a concept for our #secretproject. She loved it and we're hashing out the details. (Reveal in the works.) However, since we don't plan on being a one trick pony, we want that muse to strike again. So, please DAZZLE US with the stories that you love.

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  1. Love the whale in the red hood...that's just classic, I think! :D

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  2. The story that sticks with me time after time is The Shining. Not only is it about a little boy who is psychic who ends up almost being killed in a haunted old hotel, but it is about his father's horrid childhood, and what living like that did to him.

    Both the book and the movie really bring forth different things- but the one thing that remains through both is the relationship between father and son that turns from protective to destructive- all in a few months.

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    1. Great pick, Danielle! I love the complexities in that story.

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  3. That pic is totally creepy! Hmmm...I think my favorite shows right now are Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Haven, Destination Truth Ghost Hunters...etc.

    As far as books, OMG, I got too many to list. But what keeps me turning pages and tuning in for shows is plot twists and kissing (LOL). I really like (and hate at the same time) when you have 2 people who you know ought to be together and they're just not together yet. Also, a great fight scene will totally win me over too.

    I think you should have a book with killer chickens in it! Good luck!

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    1. Oooo, killer chickens! I like!

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    2. Now, you know what happens when I'm asked to do something, right? LOL. Bring on the killer chickens!

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  4. Oh man...you guys sure you want to open this can of worms? LOL!

    Okay, book-wise - other than the BDB series - the book that resonated with me and still hangs around is A Discovery of Witches. Rich with history, backstories that are only 'hinted' at, memorable characters, looong journey that you don't realize you're on because it's beautifully written, and the list goes and goes and goes.

    Now onto movies. *cracks knuckles* You know I love my movies. ;)
    From Paris With Love, the latest Mission Impossible and the Underworld movies. Why? Action, action, action! And the character choices are relate-able.
    Sherry Baby, The Good Girl, Vanity Fair, Erin Brokovich and The Breakfast Club. Why? Beautiful character arcs, amazing story-telling, and of course, relate-able characters.
    Ferris Beuller's Day Off & The Goonies. Why? Because we gotta have that sense of adventure in our lives. ;)

    Sorry I listed so many. I can never pick only one! :D

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    1. Melinda...MWAH! Great choices. And you know me, I'm a big fan of the BDB series. :D

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  5. Hmmm... This is a hard one. I'd love to see a really good story where the twist at the end leaves you going WHAT!? in a good way. I always enjoyed Rose Red, just because I loved the concept of the house going "mad" and always wondered what exactly happened to the house or the property that made it happen, since it was never mentioned.

    Also always loved Persuasion and the concept of second chances, though I always felt like there was more to the MC's reasons for breaking it off the first time than they let on.

    DOn't know how much that helps, but GOOD LUCK! :)

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    1. Second chances, mad houses and twist endings. You've got my mind spinning with the possibilities. Thank you! :D

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  6. Still love Orson Scott Card's, The Songmaster. Something about these special people that can sing like no other, makes me wonder if they couldn't kill with voices such as they had. Enders Game (same author) is right up there as well - who doesn't like an alien invasion.

    For movies... loved the Goonies.

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