Friday, August 08, 2014

The Nickelbacklash

I was on Facebook one day when I was directed to a link of people I should unfriend. Clicking on the link took me to a list of people on my friends list who have liked the band Nickelback.



While I'll admit I've never been a fan of the band that dominated radio in the mid-00s, I have to say I was a little surprised. Why such animosity? I decided to Google it. I found this.



And this.



And this.



Maybe that last one is the key to what's going on. Everyone seemed to like Nickelback in the 00s, so people felt pressured to like them. Now there's a backlash. A NICKELbacklash. What happened between then...



...and now to make the band so hated?



Granted, I was never a big fan. The lead singer always sounded a little scary to me. I felt like this was how Satan would sound if he could sing. Yet he had this super-nice look that didn't match his voice. 


But this video serves as proof that quite a few people liked them enough to help them with their music video in 2005...including a few people you may recognize.




Is there a band whose music you hate with a passion?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Three Things I Write, Three Things I Don't

I was tagged to write about three things I write and three things I don't by the lovely Rhonda Parrish.





Here goes!


Three things I write

Contemporary middle grade fiction--I love girly stories. Just the sight of this picture makes me want to make up a story to go with it.




Scary middle grade fiction--I landed my awesome agent with a book series I penned about tween ghost hunters. I LOVE that series...but everyone else was writing and selling similar books at the same time. I still want to write about ghosts, though. Like this tween ghost book by Lauren Barnholdt:




Lightweight young adult fiction--I say that because I've been told my voice is too young for YA. I'm kind of a lightweight, I guess!





Three things I don't write

Vampires--The idea of people drinking blood doesn't appeal to me, nor do I find pale men who sparkle remotely attractive. But I admire anyone who writes and reads that genre.




Dystopian--While I love futuristic stories, I'm not into the "society self-destructed so now we live in an overly-controlled world" concept.




Poetry--Pat Hatt's blog made me realize just how not poetic I am. If you haven't read it, he blogs in verse and some of his readers comment in verse, as well! It's SO fun. I think if you write poetry, you have a bright future writing picture books.




Now to tag three people.

Pat Hatt--I mentioned him above, so I'm tagging him, too! He's a prolific writer, having written books for both children and adults. Here's one of his children's books:



Madeline Mora-Summonte--Madeline's blog, The Shellshank Redemption, is a collection of her thoughts about writing and life. Plus she's the author of this flash fiction collection:



Finley Jayne--Finley Jayne is both a writer and avid reader, taking in more than 100 books each year. She's currently working on an ebook chronicling her adventures as she went from mommy jeans to skinny jeans.



What do you write? What do you avoid writing?

Monday, August 04, 2014

Musicals: A Love-Hate Relationship

Most of us were introduced to musicals at a young age, whether it was in the form of movies like this:




Or this:




But it's impossible to forget the many instances of musicals that have failed. Does anyone remember this one?




Or, in a more recent example, this?




Creating a musical means carefully navigating the line between "entertainment" and "cheesiness." The cheese factor can often infiltrate even the best musicals. As popular as Glee has been, even its biggest fans have had seen their fair share of groan-worthy moments.




You also have to realize that most of the heterosexual male population is afraid to be caught watching a musical. Most express a deep distaste for them out of fear of being seen as someone who likes musicals.




Which makes you wonder what they were thinking when they came up with Cop Rock. A show about singing cops? Who's going to watch that?

Here's a clip from Cop Rock. Don't miss the part where the cop suddenly starts playing the keyboard (1:55).



Do you like musicals?