Monday, July 26, 2010

Show 'em what done-right looks like!

The title is a line from one of my fave movies, HOW SHE MOVE. Yeah, it's formaulaic, but it's the only movie I know concentrating on the Afro-Caribbean American artform of step (dancing). Plus, it has one of my fave supporting characters :)

Have you ever heard anyone say, "You shouldn't sing Mariah?"

Mariah Carey can sing some ridiculously high notes. Decent singers often sound like dying dinosaurs when they sing her songs. Same goes for Celine,and more recently Jennifer Hudson. You just don't sing them.

UNLESS...

you can sing your pants off. Because if you can sing Mariah and pull it off, it will be so amazing, your audience will get goosebumps on their nose hairs!

Last Wednesday, I went on a rant about an epic fantasy I read. One of the points I brought up was that you CAN'T show everything a character does. But that's my bad. Because a rule-hater like me should know that you should NEVER say never.

I read (more like devoured) HUNGER GAMES on Saturday and Sunday. From the moment Kat leaves to the end of the book, we are told just about everything that happens. Yet, it's not a drag. There's still tension. I wish there was a formula to show what was in HUNGER GAMES that was missing from the other books I've read like this.

But, at the very least, it was good to understand what the others were aiming for. This game is so crazy. When you shoot for the moon and miss, you don't get the stars. You don't get anything at all. But if you're on, if you hit the mark, it's such a beautiful thing.

Go on, Suzanne Collins, show 'em what done-right looks like!

5 comments:

吳淑惠 said...
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Alleged Author said...

I agree with you about The Hunger Games! It never seemed boring. It also made me LOVE novels in present tense!

Sarah Enni said...

So glad you liked it!! And I agree -- the books sucks you in and doesn't let go. The pacing is lightning quick! Suzanne is a genius.

But the real question is, when are you finishing Catching Fire and joining the Team Peeta / Team Gale fray?

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yeah, wouldn't it help us if there was a formula. That's great you read the books now right before the last one comes out. I have a strong feeling my daughter will be devouring it before me. She absolutely loves the Hunger Games series.

ElbieNy25 said...

I have been BETA reading lately, but I will have to add Hunger Games to my ever growing list of must reads when i get back to "real books".