Friday, May 16, 2014

Express Yourself: Fictional Characters

Earlier this week, I found an exciting blog hop on L.G. Keltner's blog. The challenge was part of a weekly meme hosted by Express Yourself.

The challenge calls for you to choose one fictional character who best reflects your personality. I could be all literary and say someone like Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.

Unfortunately, my choice will be a little more modern. Still today, I think I relate to Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City more than anyone.

She's idealistic, she overthinks everything, and she's too often led by emotions rather than logic. Perhaps it's all the writing she does, though, that reminds me of myself. No matter what is going on in her life, she's always writing.

In all of entertainment, there has been one character who reminded me of me as a teenager most. I think many women felt that way when they saw this show, though:

Angst, drama, out-of-control friends, crushes on boys I could never have...yep, My So-Called Life captured my adolescence perfectly!

What fictional character best echoes your personality?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Casting Reality TV

With one exception, I prefer scripted TV over reality TV. That exception is my shameless addiction to this show.

But it's almost impossible to completely avoid reality TV, especially when you watch the show that specializes in making fun of it.

The Soup's coverage of one reality show prompted me to check it out. 

It seemed like an intriguing premise, I'll admit. "Real people" go on dating adventures with other "real people" and we watch. About five minutes into the first episode, though, I realized one guy looked familiar.

Alex, it turned out, wasn't a "real person," after all. Alex Stein is known as a reality TV show veteran, having appeared as himself on The Glass House, Sweet Home Alabama, and Worst Cooks in America. Apparently now "reality TV show star" is a resume credit...and something casting directors no doubt specialize in.

It didn't stop with Alex, though. Episode after episode, familiar faces popped up, many with existing IMDB profiles. In the finale of Online Dating Rituals of the American Male we saw Lydia, a long-haired, tattooed brunette who "cut her hair" prior to meeting the male star of the show. He was beyond perplexed that she'd cut all her beautiful hair off.

Every Big Brother fan on the planet watching the show was screaming, "That's Lydia from Big Brother!" Lydia Tavera always had short, blond hair. She's Lydia, people.

Is it reality TV when casting directors are out rounding up reality show stars to fill all these roles? If reality show casting is an actual process, is it really real at all? When did "reality TV star" become a lifelong career?

Do you watch reality TV? Does it seem real to you?

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A is for Apocalypse Cover Reveal

It's an exciting day on my blog. First, Corinne is graciously hosting me at Everyday Gyaan today. I'm writing about my process. Click on the pretty picture below to go there.

Second, I'm participating in the cover reveal for Rhonda Parrish's new book, A is for Apocalypse. The A to Z Challenge was the perfect warm-up to this book, since A is for Apocalypse also tackles each letter of the alphabet in a very interesting way. Here's the cover. It just looks like a book you wouldn't be able to put down.

What do you do when you take 26 amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet, and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

Rhonda is giving away three Advanced Reader Copies of A is for Apocalypse via Rafflecopter. Visit her site for more details.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bringing the Dead to Life in Hollywood

I have a feeling I'm not the only one who gave the new Dove commercials a double-take when they started airing.

How did they find an actress who looks so much like Audrey Hepburn? Side-by-side, it's remarkable.

Actually, two different actresses played the role and neither bore an exact resemblance to the film icon.

So how did they do it? CGI. Here's HepburnTM, the digitized version that was created using the above actresses as doubles.

At first I wasn't sure how to feel about this. If we can create actresses by computer, why do we need real actresses?

But a lot of work goes into these. Besides, real actresses/models were needed, along with quite a few talented artists.

Audrey isn't the first legend to be recreated for a commercial. There's the well-known Dior commercial from a couple of years ago starring a recreated Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe alongside a (still alive) Charlize Theron.

How do you feel about bringing Hollywood legends back to life using modern technology?

If you live in the Nashville area, come out for my first bookstore appearance! It's May 15 from 4pm-6pm at BookmanBookwoman in Hillsboro Village. Click on the image below for details.