Archive for April, 2014

So, this is one of those books where I actually saw the movie first. I have to say that, even though doing so can quite often ruin my experience with a book, that was not the case. I think they did really well handling the transference of novel to movie!

Now then, with that out of the way… hmm… thoughts. 

For the style of the book, as in the way it was written, I have to say that it was very well done. The only thing is, the perspective kept throwing me off. It wasn’t because it wasn’t done well… it was because I’ve not written in that particular tense, and I wanted to study it as best I could. I got caught up in analyzing her word structure just as much as the story. Thankfully, it didn’t detract from how much I enjoyed it… but it did allow me to learn something while reading – so, distracting or not, I count that as a positive of the book.

Of course, when you’ve seen the movie as well as the book you can’t help but to do a comparison. I think the biggest thing that changed for me was the fact that I really, really liked Peeta a lot more. It was wonderful to see Katniss and her inner struggle with her emotions. That’s one of my favorite things about a book as opposed to film… is that you get that inner dialogue going and suddenly you know what every expression means, every sound, every furrow of the brow. Hearing Peeta in the book, hearing the way that Katniss thought of him, the way her emotions developed with a seed that was always there… well… I can certainly say that I’m cheering for him a lot more than I previously was.

As to other things, I think that the book overall just did a better job. There were so many vivid descriptions, so many emotions that the book managed to pull off, from Katniss and her hallucinations to the way that the dogs at the end of the book were the other contestants. I can certainly say that it was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. I finished it in one sitting, and i’m happy I did so – I’m also happy that I have the other two waiting for me. The story is compelling enough that I want, no, need to know what happens next. 

Overall, I’d say it was a really wonderful book. Fans of the movie will realize that even that great film can’t compare to how wonderful the novels are… so I’d say check it out if you get the chance, if you haven’t already. I know, I know… I’m certainly behind the times on finally getting to read it. I am very glad that I did though!

 

-Amanda McCormick, musing about books because it makes her happy!

So, I’m trying to work myself up to submitting some short stories to Calls for Submissions. I have a site that I’ve heard good things about (yes, it’s for erotica… shame on me for writing my romance smut), but I thought that it would be a good way to kind of test the waters and stick my foot into the pool that is rejection, rejection, rejection… and then one day an acceptance. Not to mention, I thought it would be easier than preparing myself completely for a novel. If I can get a few things published, it might be easier to find an agent, to do what I want to do, etc. So… a call for submissions is calling my name!

In other news, having a combined Scrivener document for all of my work is coming in rather useful. It’s helping me to keep things organized, and I’ve realized that having an organized desktop on your computer is just as important as having an organized writing space.

Honestly though, writing has been a bit difficult as of late. We’re preparing for a move at the end of June, getting the house we’re currently in on the market, etc. I’ve never understood the people who thought that you could write all the time, any time, and still produce something that is 100% your best work. I can promise you, if my heart isn’t in it, my concentration… if I”m too busy thinking about the photographs that are going to be taken of my room someday in the next week… yeah, my writing isn’t going to be the best that it could be. Still, the message of the blog today is to not let that get you discouraged. If you can’t write your best, if you only manage to get a few hundred words out and you aren’t fond of them at all… you still wrote for the day. It still counts. You don’t always have to turn out something that is your 100% best work. All that you have to do is turn out something so that you brain continues to think, “Hey, I need to write.”

Of course, heh, I have to tell myself this exact same thing sometimes when I’ve only churned out 1000 words in an hour as opposed to my usually 2-4k. I have to tell myself this when I’m afraid that my work just isn’t good enough… and I have to tell myself this when I’m so worried about getting boxes to move that my story falls as flat as folded up cardboard. As writers, we aren’t always going to turn out our best… but any words that we get out are still amazing. Even if we aren’t telling our stories to their full potential, we are telling them; we are doing something that not very many people can do and do well.

Besides, making our writing beautiful… well, that’s what editing is for, right?

 

Your friendly writer,

Amanda McCormick