Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for Xanadu and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

We'll continue with our regularly scheduled program in a moment, but first--on May 5th, I'll be debuting the super-duper beautiful cover for my second novel, 25 Roses. Want to be a part of the 25 Roses Cover Reveal BLOGstravaganza? Scroll to the bottom of this blog and sign up for my blog hop!

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




X is beyond tough. Unless you are into Xerox copiers, there really aren't any indulgences that start with X. I thought...




And thought...




And...suddenly...I had a Eureka moment.




It's not an indulgence as much as a guilty pleasure, but anyone who was born before 1975 will know it from just this picture.




Yes, Xanadu was every bit as bad as that picture makes it look, but if you were a kid when Olivia Newton-John was the biggest star in the world...you didn't care. Little girls LOVED Olivia.




The really crazy part is somehow that movie ended up becoming a Broadway show. As if the story wasn't just 100 percent bad-o-rama from the beginning.

Seriously.

What's the cheesiest movie you've ever enjoyed watching?


67 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the new cover!

    Hmmm, cheesiest movie I like-probably Willow. We actually named our oldest daughter after one of the characters in this movie :)

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  2. Thank you!

    I remember Willow! I actually liked Olivia's character's name in Xanadu--Kira. I have a feeling quite a few children were named after characters in both Willow & Xanadu

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  3. Oh my how I remember Xanadu. I went to see it in the theatre-hahahahaha because of gene Kelly. His character's name in the film is the same name as one of his best films-Covergirl. I thought gene Kelly must have been on pain drugs when he signed up for this. I have to seee this again just to laugh at how bad it is. I like Godzilla-the original 1955 film(I think 55 but I can be off by a year-I often seem to be when I just think off the top of my head). I love all those japanese films-Rodan, Mothra-they were great:)

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  4. Oh yes and I will check out your book cover and congrats!!

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  5. My super seekrit favourite cheesy movie is Grease 2 - Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caufield. It is truly, truly awful, dodgy singing and bad acting, but I just love it, no excuses, it's just a thing :)

    I have a confession, I have never seen Xanadu all the way through.

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

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  6. I loved Grease 2 as well when it first came out, Sophie. I even had the soundtrack. I probably still know all the words to all the songs. "Love will turn back the hands of time, wo-ho turn back, wo-ho turn back." LOL. Sometimes things are so bad, they're entertaining!

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  7. Great one, Stephanie! Yes, yes, yes! I remember the movie, and I LOVED the music. I used to sing "Xanadu" at the top of my lungs.

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  8. I've never seen Xanadu, but was a huge fan of Olivia. In fact in 1975 I had my hair cut like her and sported bangs of wings. When my husband's best friend told me I looked like Olivia Newton John, my day was made.

    Fun stuff.

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  9. Xanadu--wouldn't have thought of that on my own, but great choice. I wish I could help with the cover reveal, but I have post scheduled on May 5th. Would the 6th work? I think you have my email

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  10. That's definitely a compliment, Teresa! I've seen some of her album covers from her pre-Grease days and she definitely had stylish hair for the time!

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  11. Sure, TBM. I'm easygoing! I'm hoping people can get some more readers from joining in the blog hop. That link list will be at the bottom of every blog I post from now until next Wednesday.

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  12. Cheesiest movie. Hmmm. How about Dirty Dancing? It was filmed close to my parents' home. Rumor has it that some of the dance extras went to the high school I graduated from.

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  13. A lot of chick flicks are just plain cheesy. But if they've got great characters, then I like to watch them:) Congrats on the new book!

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  14. I was born in '76, so I just missed out on knowing what the heck that picture was from. :)

    Hmmm, best cheesy movie would have to be El Mariachi. Very good movie with some extremely cheesy moments (a guitar case doubling as a bazooka, for example). I consider Robert Rodriguez a genius for managing to pull it off.

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  15. Congrats on the new book, Stephanie.

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  16. Oh, there are just too many cheesy movies to count!! I love so many of them. Great job with X today, by the way; this totally counts!

    I don't blog on Mondays - normally I'd be glad to make an exception, but I am blogged OUT right now! Let me know if you'd like me to share your cover when I blog on Wednesday, though, and I'd be glad to :) lizblocker at gmail dot com

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  17. I remember Xanadu! ☺ Instantly conjures up the 80s. Hmmm, cheesy movies? Not really that cheesy and quite good was another movie starring Olivia, namely Grease.

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  18. Thank you, Liz! That would be great. I'll send you an email. So many people can't do it on Monday, I think I'm going to leave it open all week. I'll update the linky now.

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  19. I loved the baby's pic! So funny! I hated Xanadu, but it did have a catchy song or two. I'm rather horrified it became a Broadway play. :O

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  20. I never watched Xanadu.

    My husband loves cheesy movies so we watch a lot of them, I'm not even sure which one I'd pick as my favourite. Off the top of my head I'd go with Cry Baby, I think. It's cheesy as hell, but dude, Johnny Depp!

    Also, I know we have pretty different markets/readers, but do you want to do a swap? I'll host your cover reveal on my blog and you can host mine on yours? http://www.rhondaparrish.com/cover-reveal-sign-up

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  21. It's a deal! I signed up over there, Rhonda.

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  22. Had no idea you were an author. Congrats and will look for your books

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  23. Had no idea you were an author. Congrats and will look for your books

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  24. Yay, Stephanie :)

    I added a cover reveal blog post to my Google calendar for May 8th (already had something scheduled for the 5th). I can't wait to see what your cover looks like :)

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  25. I bet young boys actually loved Olivia back then just as much as the girls did. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  26. She was so pretty. You had to love her!

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  27. Ooh! I love the cover. I'd love to see a blurb, and if this is a YA book, I'd totally love to schedule you in for a Writerly Wednesday feature when it releases. Shoot me an email if you're interested. crystal AT crystal-collier DOT com

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  28. There's nothing like a good cheesy movie. :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog the other day.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
    Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
    The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

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  29. Xanadu is a great choice for the letter X. Can't wait to see your cover!

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  30. Crystal--That would be great. It's MG, though...and it won't be out until next summer. I'll definitely see if we can do something together when it comes out, though.

    Yay to those who are signing up. Thank you, Sherry and Rhonda!

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  31. I never watched Xanadu but I remember how popular Olivia Newton John was.

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  32. Sometimes the worst movies become plays and just keep on going. Everybody liked Olivia. Good choice for X.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  33. Your fabulous cover for 30 Days of No Gossip has caught my eye so many times this month---I'm definitely in for your new reveal next week!

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  34. And how 'bout that X - I may or may not have squealed a little when I read "Xanadu". So bad, but sooo gooood.

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  35. Thank you, Nicki! I do love my 30 Days cover...and my new cover, as well. I'm in awe of talented graphic designers because I have zero artistic ability.

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  36. Hi Stephie,
    I was going to add my link for your book cover hop, but I'm still quite new to blogging and could not understand the registration. I was having a problem with the thumbnails and URLs, and Flickr reg.
    I'll put it on my blog to announce it, anyway. All the best with this.
    When I was young I wanted to be Olivia Newton-John, and I would have done anything cheesy!
    Excellent X

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  37. I used "Xanadu" as my word too!

    I'll have to come back on May 5th to check out your cover. Congrats!

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  38. Fanny--I added it. Let me know if you need me to change anything and I will! Yeah, it wanted to grab one of your pretty quilts as an image!

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  39. I can't wait to see the cover of 25 Roses!! :D

    I never saw Xanadu.

    Cheesy movies are great! I'm trying to think of my favorite, but right now I'm coming up with a blank.

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  40. But Congratulations on your second book! I can't wait to see the cover :)

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  41. Cheesiest movie? Gosh, I can't remember. Maybe one involving super heroes, doing things even super heroes shouldn't be capable of doing. Or vampires. Have never seen Xanadu -- but Olivia looks so sweet in those pics.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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  42. So many cheesy movies! Poor Xanadu has to be up there! Olivia always seems like a lovely gracious woman though! :)

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  43. I love your X post! Yeah, Olivia in Xanadu was cheesy, but I liked her voice.

    Cheesiest movie?? Oy! I was born in 1959, so pretty much every movie I watched while growing up was cheesy! lol.

    Congrats on the cover reveal--and the upcoming release.

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  44. I don't know! There are so many!

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  45. I had the record. I loved the soundtrack. (Still do.) Wasn't allowed to see the movie. (Not sure why.) Finally saw the movie a couple years ago. Yee-owww. What a waste of Gene Kelly!

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  46. There a whole story about why Gene Kelly took that movie, Liz A. Basically, it boiled down to the fact that it was shooting close to his house and he didn't feel like going on location or having a long drive to the set every day!

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  47. Congratulations on your book cover reveal! That's so exciting.

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  48. Hi Stephanie! I had to google Xanadu. I am completely clueless about this word!

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  49. Yay for new book covers!!

    My guilty pleasure of cheesy movies is Clash of the Titans, the original one from the 80s. Love that movie to pieces!

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  50. Ha, I used the word Xerox in my X post and even used it in a way that would probably be considered an indulgence. ;-) But Xanadu is a great choice! Cheesy movies are like my crack, so there's no way I could narrow it down to the cheesiest.

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  51. 30 Days of No Gossip looks cute. Will have to get that for my daughter!

    I never saw Xanadu! But I loved Grease!!!

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  52. The Mrs. and her sisters all loved that movie as kids. Fun choice.

    And I am happy for your with your upcoming release and cover unveiling. You must be pumped.

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  53. Oh I remember Olivia well enough! I don't believe I ever saw Xanadu though. I saw Grease a million times though! Perfect post for X!

    Cant' wait to see your cover! :)

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  54. I never saw Xanadau, even though I'm a major Gene Kelley fan and he directed that movie -- but I forgive him for that.

    I know I have a couple old fave cheesy movies, but I just can't think of them right now.

    Congratulations on your upcoming book! Looking forward to seeing the cover.

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  55. I was totally into this movie. I had friends who saw the Broadway show and said they had a blast. I think my cheesiest fall back is "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton."

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  56. LOL I do remember this movie, I'm really old I think :)

    betty

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  57. Stephanie,

    Cheesy movies are good for tired times when we don't want to think too much. Xanadu... I remember Olivia and the song but can't remember the movie. Maybe it was forgettable. Olivia Newton John's voice isn't though. Very distinctive!

    Revealing your new book cover... that will be an exciting event!

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  58. Congrats on 25 ROSES! I look forward to seeing the cover! :)

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  59. Being a 90's kid I had no idea about this show. I'll try to find it online. Thanks for recommending it!

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  60. I have a special affinity to Olivia as she's sort of Australian even though she was born in England. Good luck with 25 Roses!

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  61. I haven't seen this movie yet.

    I'm signed up.

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  62. I used to think she was the most beautiful woman in the world, especially in Grease.

    Good job with the letter X! I was curious about what you'd come up with. That one was challenging for me too.

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  63. I have to admit that I have never seen that movie. Congratulations on your new book and thanks so much for the bookmarks!

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  64. Ha! Xanadu, I LOVED that movie, LOL! I will still watch it if it comes on TV today...

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  65. I must first of all say that it wasn't only the girls who liked Olivia Newton John, or as I remember her nickname back then ... 'Olivia Neutron Bomb'.
    Anyway, moving swiftly on ...
    If I see a movie is going to be cheesy, I stop watching. Enough said there I think. Good post for such a difficult letter.

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  66. I remember watching Xanadu a million years ago, but I think it would be interesting to watch it now. :)

    I have seen a lot of cheesy movies over the years! Sometimes they are just so cheesy they make you laugh out loud.

    I would have been happy to do a cover reveal on my Author Tracker blog. I know the cover has been revealed- but if you want me to put something up just email me. :)

    haightjess at gmail dot com
    http://jessicahaight.blogspot.com/

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