So yesterday on the work front was full of awkwardness and stressy things, so I decided today was going to be a good writing day. I was ONLY going to focus on the writing, and things were going to be fantastic. And I even have friends stalking me to make sure I’m being productive. Great plan, right?
Then I watched the US version of Skins, and it reminded me of something I hate. Basically, the first episode of Skins US was about 90% identical to the original version of Skins from the UK. Down to the shots they used and everything. And I’m all for taking something as an inspiration, and making it your own. But MAKE IT YOUR OWN.
I thought most of the episode was sub-par, to be honest, but you know who was the one bright spot? The one character who was wholly original, and different from their UK counterpart.
It drives me crazy sometimes when I hear or see people who talk about how SUCH AND SUCH novel got published, so they’re going to write a novel about INSERT TREND OF THE MOMENT HERE. There’s a reason those books don’t usually go anywhere. Because they’re not an homage or an interpretation of the source, they’re a bad copy.
If you’re going to write a vampire novel, find your own point of view. If you’re going to do a novel about angels, again, find something you can grab onto.
And speaking of angels, you should go to Twitter and congratulate Courtney Allison Moulton (@camoulton) on her PW review – I’m pretty sure if PW tells you you’re going to hell, you’ve officially made it as a writer.
And yeah, I have to go before I get yelled at. 😉