Tag: genre

Penny Dreadful, Suckerpunch and the joys of there not being crap on TV now

Is it me or has TV deteriorated even more of late? For a while it was a bastion of creativity exceeding film--Rome, Game of Thrones, Hell on Wheels ... some great stuff, mostly from the pay channels. Now, Doctor Who isn't doing it for me, and I can't watch more than an episode of the latest Supernatural, Falling Skies or Continuum or whatever without going *meh*. I've been re-watching my DVDs instead and catching up on series I missed. Here's two of my great finds. Penny Dreadful I liked season 1 enough to tune back in, but season 2 is where it comes into its stride. I had a whole season to catch up on, and there's nothing better than having a marathon of a good show. Vanessa Ives was always my favorite character...Read More

Genre-Blending: Is It Safe?

[featimage align="center"] I've sub-titled my website "Genre Blending Fun" because I'm not afraid to embrace my indecision. I mean my complexity as a person. I understand the marketing appeal of a genre. It's easy to know your target audience and their expectations--and meet them. But what if your audience is like me and wants the unexpected? I am a complex person whose interests range from sci-fi and fantasy to mystery, horror, thrillers, paranormal romance and more. I even like to read the classics. Dickens anyone? Plato? I know too much genre-blending would make anyone motion sick, but how much can you take before you need to get off the ride? Once upon a time the paranormal romance genre didn't exist. Harlequin format was the standard. That has changed in a big way. Who...Read More

Vampires, Werewolves and the Bandwagon

With a certain werewolf/vampire movie coming out this week, based on an incredibly successful book series, you really have to wonder why is it so popular? It's not a new phenomenon. Werewolf and, especially, vampire stories are resurrected (couldn't help myself) every few years. Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Interview with the Vampire, Underworld... So, why won't they die? (sorry, couldn't help myself again) I've loved monster movies and creepy stories since I was a child. I particularly remember reading a ghost story where a man fell in love with a mysterious woman who wore a red velvet ribbon around her neck. She would never answer his questions about it and made him swear not to touch it. Overwhelmed with curiosity one night, he removed the ribbon while she was sleeping--and her head fell...Read More