Sunday, November 22, 2009

Anita Blake Movie a No Go

Laurell K. Hamilton on her blog today announced that the IFC TV movie of the Anita Blake series will not be going forward. She further says -
It has been frustrating watching other shows in the genre I pioneered go on the air while we didn’t, but in the end I believe most things happen for a reason. I would rather have no television show than a bad one.
I would say LKH is none too happy about the situation and like many I find the cancellation news disappointing as well. It is interesting that the author continues to brazenly trumpet "the genre I pioneered" stance. Do you agree?

What other urban fantasy or paranormal series would you like to see made into a film or movie from some enterprising studio?

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  2. The only thing that comes to mind here is that the shows and movies seem to be geared to a younger crowd (with the exception of True Blood). But Vampire Diaries, Twilight, Morganville (who is being done internationally) are all YA. I have not read the Anita Blake series yet, buy from what I understand they are not for younger audiences.

    Elie

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  3. I enjoy reading the Anita Blake series and at one time loved it. But I haven't been impressed with the author this passed year with her comments like "the genre I pioneered". I'm actually appalled that she is still saying it.


    The Mercy Thompson series, is one I'd like to see made into a film.

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  4. Hmmm... 'pioneer'? Dubious statement.
    After reading Hamilton's blog post I'm just really grateful that someone like Charlaine Harris (who seems like a genuinely lovely person) has found success through adaptation. I think some authors are more deserving than others...

    I can't wait for Rachel Caine's 'Morganville Vampires' to be adapted. I think Caine writes very cinematically, and it's very easy for me, when reading her books, to visualize them on the big/small screen.

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  5. "It is interesting that the author continues to brazenly trumpet "the genre I pioneered" stance. Do you agree?"

    I saw that post today, and that sentence jumped out at me, too. I respect the woman for her work, and I enjoy reading the book, but I think saying she pioneered it is taking it too far. Yes, she may have been one of the people who wrote in the UF genre as it became it's own genre, but there have always been stories about this sort of thing. It didn't come about just because of one person, and I think she sounds incredibly egotistical writing things like that. I do enjoy reading her blog, but little things like that annoy me a lot.

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  6. She did help create the modern vampire detective romance sub genre, but vampire fiction has been around just a bit long that Anita Blake :)

    ...Plus no Buffy, no Anita...

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  7. Wahhhhhhhhh. Less complaining more writing. Real writing, you know the stuff with a plot.

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      So agree, would love to see some more early Anita Blake

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  8. I read it this morning too. She may have started out in the UF genre, but her work is really far from there now, more erotica or maybe paranormal romance than UF. I loved the Anita Blake series at one point and have hope that she find her way again.... but I almost prefer the Merry books because at lease those have always been about the sex LOL. Tho I do sort of wish she would stop writing them as they seem to not be a project she loves and I think the writing suffers for it. It will be interesting to see how Divine Misdemeanors is considering the ultra fast turnaround on it.

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  9. ...and what did she expect the producers/directors would be doing? I wonder I they would keep up with Anita once she got caught up in the Ardeur... *snorts*

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  10. First off, I get really sick of hearing LKH go on and on about how this is "her" genre. It existed long before her and will exist after her.

    Second, how in the world is someone supposed to adapt the AB series into a tv series? After about book 9 it devolves into pornography (erotica would suggest that it was erotic). Switch stations? It would have to go from the CW to the Spice channel. And if you took out the sex, you would be left with about twenty pages of half-baked plot for the books like Incubus Dreams.

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  11. from what I understand they are not for younger audiences.

    You ain't kiddin'.

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  12. Laurell did pioneer the genre. No one before her wrote what she was writing. No one else aside from her is online, helping other writers, opening their lives to the public the way Laurell has done. When she started writing the Anita Blake series, she was the first to start writing horror/thriller/romance or Paranormal Thrillers. She also brought sex up a level so we could talk about it in much more open terms than we were previously doing and added real emotional content to it. It was not just graphic or for pornographic purpose and if that was what you got out of it, you skipped a lot of pages and plot. To quote Laurell's blog on 8/3/09 "Notice I don’t claim that I was the first to invent the idea of adding mystery to vampires. That was first done by Lee Killough in 1987. P.N. Elrod would hit the shelves in 1990. Tanya Huff in 1991. I wrote the first Anita Blake short story in 1987. What the heck was happening in the world from late ’80s to early ’90s that we all came up independently with the idea to mix mysteries and vampires? It would be interesting to figure that out." She also, in the same blog, gives kudos to Charlaine Harris. Harris wrote her first Sookie book, or published it anyway, in 2001. You can find these blogs on MySpace. Hamilton did pioneer what she does, and why not take credit for years of hard work and years on the bestsellers list? I am shocked I am the only one of her fans here to mention that...

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  13. I was going to be really snarky, but LKH is not worth it.

    I'd like to see Kim Harrison's series turned into a TV series...I don't enjoy the movies as much.

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  14. I haven't read the Anita Blake series, just hasn't tempted me.

    I would like to see the Mercy Thompson series adapted to film.

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  15. That's disappointing. I really liked the early Anita books and would have loved to have seen the series get a new start on screen. I think the upcoming Wicked Lovely movie has promise. And I love the Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels series. Both would be fun to see adapted.

    As for LKH pioneering the genre, I largely agree with her. Though I also think she has long since abandoned the UF genre in favor of a her own form of paranormal erotica.

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  16. I loved the earlier Anita books and think the concept of those earlier books would've been cool as a movie or TV show. But you have to factor in all the characters, the different species, then bring on the ardeur and the many men of the Blake house and it seems like a pretty damn hard thing to pull off. Also, those more adult themes are way too much to bring to a nationwide audience. When those are taken into account I can see why a movie or tv show would not be possible.

    You gotta give it Ms Hamilton, though, for not beating around the bush as far as what she feels has been her contribution to the field and what she should receive because of it. She's not backing down on those stances. But for me, it's a bit much and someone's a whole new, very dark shade of green and it ain't pretty. I think if you truly are great, other people will be shouting it from the roof-tops and tootin' your horn left and right. When you are tootin' your own horn, you sorta defeats the purpose and you lose you horn-tootin' worthiness.

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  17. The thing about dates is anyone can claim to have written something before something else. The proof is not when words were put down on paper (because that has little influence) and instead on the release dates, when the world had access to the work and the opportunity to approve or disapprove of it. Buffy came out in 1992 and Guilty Pleasures came out in 1993. In fact, one could argue that Hamilton might have seen the sale of her book because of the surprising popularity of the Buffy movie.

    She herself admits Huff and Elrod books both predate hers. Why is it that she is allowed to dismiss the time it took for those authors to write, edit, refine, sell and see publication of their work in order to "prove" she was first. And, why does she feel the need to be first? Is being a successful author not enough for her?

    The attitude difference is stunning. Charlaine Harris always appears tickled that anyone enjoys her work, and pleased as punch to be where she is, doing what she's doing. Yet Hamilton has to lecture and insult, to the point of saying people who don't like her work must not be intelligent enough it understand it? Give me a break. That ego can do without my money.

    I'm not surprised to see the series go. The last book I read was horrible with the character lecturing the reader, then having sex, then more lecturing and more sex. And when I read that the target audience was Men 25-40? Clearly LKH's core audience, like her core supernatural mystery plot-included stories, have been abandoned.

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  18. Again, here LKH goes with taking responsibility for pioneering the genre. She needs to get off her high horse. She has done great things, but didn't pioneer anything. Perhaps she should go talk to Anne Rice or Stephen King first.

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  19. I think that Seanan McGuire's October Daye series would make a good tv show. It's just starting, but the character is interesting enough to support a series. Plus, she was (and may be again) a private investigator with ties to both the mortal and paranormal world, so that could lead to a lot of interesting situations.

    I loved the Anita Blake of the early LKH books, but I don't know that the current Exterminator would make for very compelling television.

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  20. *raspberry* to LKH! Maybe helped pioneer, but I don't think she's the first.
    The first few books would have been good TV, so I am sorry the series or movie won't be made.

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  21. LKH did not "pioneer" that genre and pretty much admits it in a blog after the "pioneer" comment she made in Entertainment Weekly. She evidently didn't know what pioneer really means. There have been several before her, but Tanya Huff, to me, is the closest comparison. Ms. Huff put out her first Blood series book before Anita Blake. Vicky Nelson, in the Blood series, would have staked JC if he tried to blackmail her about Celluci and would have Anita shaking in her Nike's. Somehow I am not surprised the movie was canceled.

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  22. >>It has been frustrating watching other shows in the genre I pioneered go on the air while we didn’t, . . . >>

    LKH seems to be contradicting herself. I guess when she complains about others making it on the air in a genre she "pioneered" she is not including Buffy and the Tanya Huff Blood series as part of that genre, even though they both predate AB. I guess she only means Ms. Meyers, Ms. Harris and Jim Butcher, who do not predate AB. In fact, all of the above mentioned write urban fantasy. LKH is splitting hairs when she keeps insisting she is a pioneer. It makes her look petulant, delusional and ego driven.

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  23. I wouldn't agree saying that she largely contributed and pioneered the genre. That's a huge statement. There have been other books, not as well-known as Anita Blake, but still there. LKH may have helped the popularity grow, sure, but seriously, she's stretching. She used to my fav but her ego and book quality has been p*ssing me off. It's the audience who decide the popularity and overshadowing the rest of lesser books.

    Besides, I wouldn't call Anita Blake UF anymore, rather it's paranomal erotica (although there was less in the last book, thank the heavens - you get tired of reading and the book focusing several random s*xual encounters in one book and following the rest of books then becomes tiresome).

    I don't like certain series turned into movies because of the fast paced time and not enough characterization. I want to see the Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels series turned into a TV show. That would be epic UF right there

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  24. I'm kind of loving how much debate Hamilton's comments have sparked in the UF fan community.
    I think the general consensus is that while Hamilton may have contributed to the genre's birth (though Charles De Lint may have something to say about her 'pioneering' it), other authors have overshadowed her series simply because the quality of her writing has deteriorated.
    I think it says a lot that on amazon the number 1. search tip for an Anita Blake novel is 'porn without plot'. Enough said.

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  25. Amazing opinions on here! Wow, I'm glad I stopped to read them.

    I agree the pioneering part is off and that her sex scenes in books 9 through..ummm..16? became increasingly so detailed the plot was non-existent. BUT the last AB book got back on track with the earlier ones.

    I'm sorry to see there will be no movie about the early AB books. Let's face the truth - for those of us that read it right after we read Elrod, Huff, Harris and the like - the early books were awesome and would have made a great movie.

    Perhaps any movies or TV adaptations could be only the first eight books and then stop - to not include the ones that have sex scenes that go on for a hundred pages with so many partners I've lost track of the action.

    Does no one write about hot monogamy anymore? Oh and have sex scenes less than ten pages so you can get back to the PLOT?

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  26. I don't see anything wrong with LKH saying she "pioneered" the genre. She's not saying she's the one that jump start it or anything, just that she's one of the first. Maybe I'm viewing the word "pioneered" differently than others, but I see that as a group of people, not a single person.

    Is it me (and I'll be honest I haven't read the other comments), but did anyone else the get feeling that LKH just doesn't want to give up any control over her characters? I understand an author being attached to their characters, but when you're adapting a book to the screen, certain liberties need to be taken and it sounded like LKH didn't like that. Maybe it's me.

    I would LOVE to see the Night Huntress novels by Jeaniene Frost brought to life. Another good one would be the Chicagonland novels by Chloe Neill.

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  27. I see some terrific suggestions for series. I'd like to add to that The Greywalker series by Kat Richardson and the Retrievers series by Laura Anne Gilman oh and Riley Jenson from Keri Arthur.

    As to LKH and her pioneering there is quite a range of commentary. I think given her sales and popularity, it goes without saying that any opinion on LKH will be controversial. In her own way she has crossed that grey line between author and celebrity where logic seems to take a holiday.

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  28. Let's not forget Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde series.

    A series which features a sexy French vampire who calls the short, dark haired heroine Ma Petite.

    The first novel, Burning Water, was published in 1989, with Diana Tregarde appearing in several short stories as far back as 1983.

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  29. ---Maybe I'm viewing the word "pioneered" differently than others, but I see that as a group of people, not a single person.--

    Maybe, I have a feeling if it was any other author it wouldn't be so controversial. LKH is one of those authors who may do herself more harm with all the twitter/blogging she does....she often comes across a certain way - a way that sometimes can be a turn off to readers. I know I have often told myself to stop following her tweets because they were ruining the books for me, but for some reason they are oddly addicting LOL So I have a feeling the thoughts about her comments are more a buildup of sorts, mine included.

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  30. I think Anita Blake is Laurell's personal fantasy story where she wrote it down and managed to sell it. Personal fantasy where all her dreams come true. She's attached to it that's why she can't accept other's interpretation of her works. Thus, the cancellation of the movie. She also doesn't approve of fanfics you know.


    I dont know who pioneered what, I can't say anything about it cause it's before my time but I do kinda feel for her why she's kinda jealous. If you had an art project and you did yours a unique way and a friend copied your idea then her art project won instead of yours. Yeah, that feels bitter. I'm just amazed she can openly say what she thinks. Others like me will just smile, shut up and feel bitter inside.

    I read the Sookie books and seen truBlood and well I do feel the similarities. In the world they lived in, in the terms they used for vamp politics in the total opposite attitudes of characters compared to the AB. Sweet, loving heroine against bloody, sociopath, know it all heroine. Cherry pudding pie against to a medium rare steak.

    It depends you want dessert or a main course meal? I'll go with the meal, the rest of you can go on a diet and complain.

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  31. I think it would work better as a TV show. Well I know she didn't pioneer the genre even if she did help but her books are what introduced me. Sucks that they keep getting passed over but maybe that's a good thing at this point. I can think of two vamp shows off the top of my head that just got off the ground and two that just got cancelled that were even better than one of those that still air so maybe True Blood should pave the way a little more before they jump in. Goodness knows it's going to be incredibly expensive to make some of it look even somewhat realistic.

    Who knows though? Twilight will be over soon and I have a feeling they'll be looking for a replacement

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  32. Can anyone name a book that was made into a movie or TV show that matched the vision of your imagination as you read? I can list many poorly adapted works, but have a hard time coming up with one adaptation that really sang. I'll keep my mind's eye of Anita and crew over seeing them on the screen.

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  33. Actually, I can. A history of Violence is a much better movie than graphic novel.

    But that's about it, so I'll give you that. ;-)

    I think that the reason people are so picky about LKH's stance that she pioneered UF is because she really only brings it up to talk about herself. She never talks about other authors pioneering with her unless it's to trash them for getting something she wants.

    So if you take pioneering to mean a group of people working together in a new territory, I can see how you'd be ok with her statement. However, when she uses that comment to discount others' work who came before her, I really get annoyed and start working to think of all the UF authors I read before she came out.

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  34. You caught that too, huh? Um... Susanna Moodie was a pioneer too, and she didn't get a TV series. Seriously, sometimes LKH just opens herself up for ridicule - the mind boggles.

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  35. Loved lkh books hate having to skip many pages to read the story now.

    I would love to see the hollows series by kim harrison on tv. That would just be an interesting world to watch.

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  36. Does it bother me that LKH claims being the pioneer for this genre? not at all. While i do beleive that the most popular writer for starting it would almost have to go to ann rice...where the main characters oozed with sexuality, but most of ann rice's books werent erotica except the ones that said erotic novela on the front. I do beleive that LKH pioneered good writing mixed with vampires/werewolves, mixed with eroticism...which i havent really seen to this extent from any other authors. News flash to those of you surprised at the intense erotisism....its been going on since the third book. If its not to your taste, then dont "waste" your time reading them. I really hate people who do something just to complain about how disapointed they were at doing it! If you were this successful at something and it seemed like others were getting what you feel you deserved, why wouldnt you speak up about it? Isnt that a trait that we love so much about the Anita Blake character. I think everyone needs to be a bit more sympathetic to why she was frustrated...im sure each and every one of you has the same restraint at your place of employment that you insist LKH has at hers!

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    1. Wow! Thank you! I couldn't have said it any clearer myself. If she was a man saying these things no one would have a problem with what she says.

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  37. For me LKH was probably among the first adult books I started reading. I just read her post and yeah it pissed me off. But then I remembered I love AB and every character surrounding her so as long as she keeps the books coming icould care less what she says. I'm only ninteen so Im just getting started but I would love to see Anita on the bog screen. LKH may not deserve it but I think AB does. I think the fans of the series who spent hours already picking cast members and posting it on YouTube deserve it. What we forget is once a book gets published the charators aren't just ours any more. They belong to every reader who love them just as much as we do. Personaly I think she was right to cancel because what sucks more then a series getting canceled before it's made is one getting canceled because it sucks.

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  39. Anita Blake is one of the best characters of fiction out there.
    I loved the series up until about
    the 10th book. Then it was sort of a porno and my interest started to wane. I love LKH and think she definitely opened up the doors to this genre. I would think she should go to HBO, or Starz, and do some of her stories. It would be epic. But network TV would not do it justice. Movies would be a venue I would happily support as well.

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  40. I am 15 and have been reading the Anita Blake series for 5 years. I know there is a lot of "mature" content but I love the series and am very sad there won't be a t.v show, I however love LKH and Anita and all her men -which are many- and will love them all for a long time to come.
    and I would like to state that Anita should get over her prejudice when it comes to (SPOILER ALERT!) Jean-Claude and Asher being VAMPIRES being as though that's what they are.

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  41. I agree with Ms. Hamilton about pioneering the genre. I just started reading her Anita series..and am already in book 11. I have been reading books about vampires for a long long time. Anita is definitely my all time favorite..Ms. Hamilton is definitely my favorite author. She did pioneer this genre..not just with vampires but with all the supernatural stuff..and the police work and the feelings that you get while reading her books. I LOVE THEM..I wish they would be turned into a show or movie but I would rather keep reading than see it turned into a crappy show or movie....Thick Madame8604

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  42. I do enjoy the books, and they do get a bit loaded down with graphic sex at times, but LKH's writing style is good, and there is actually an excellent story going on in these books. That said, I'm not sure if they would work as a TV series. People age, and in Anita's world, most of those she mixes with don't, and it'll take a long time(a good few years)to tell the story in it's entirety, and I don't believe you'd be able to hide the tell tale signs of aging that the actors will have.

    As for other series. I'd love to see the L.A Banks 'Dark Huntress' series made into a TV show. I think the later books have some awesome action scenes in, and I think it would translate from book to screen spectacularly.

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  43. Maybe a movie it too much and they should consider an animated series. It could be just as fun; I would love to see a live action but vampire movies these days are definitely not for adults.

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  44. I would love to see sherrilyn Kenyons Dark Hunter series made into movies.

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  45. I have read a number of books within this genre from many diffrent authors. On thing I have to say is I'm glad that Ms Hamilton's books aren't being put into a live action media. I know how film and television work I have don't it and studied it for a number of years. I do not think that the visual medium would do the books justice I in fact belive that it would damage the style of the books. There is so much detail and visual complexity that cannot be done in live action without massive budgets and the target audience is too small to justify it. If it were to be put into television circulation I think an Anime type animation would do the books justice.

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  46. I love, love, love the AB series and for me the series has gotten better with the ardeur. I see more layers in the stories than just graphic sex scenes and actually I find the vamp/supe politics more intersting than the police stuff. I would love the True Blood treatment for this series. I think it would be great if done right.

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  47. I love the early Anita Blake novels and there is no doubt that Laurell K Hamilton deserves credit for her work, regardless of whether she has the right to say she pioneered the genre. I have heard Charlaine Harris mentioned a number of times here and personally I think True Blood cheapened the work of a great Author and a great series. True Blood, has a few interesting plot variations but what it mostly did was add way too much sex, nudity and violence. Given that most Anita Blake novels from Obsidian Butterfly on are already over sexed, I think LKH dodged a bullet with this one. LKH is right better no movie at all then a terrible tv show like True Blood.

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    1. Charli I agrre with your position on the LKH and True Blood is a good example of how a TV series can take a completely different direction than the books. The Sookie books are far superior to the TV series and I would see the two are only kissing cousins. The show is a guilty pleasure but only a faint reflection of the written word.

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  48. Well, one of the many reason I love Ab was because anita was a complete kick ass. How many stories out there who actually wrote about the female leads fighting against her desire and not fell straight head over heels instantly when they meet the male leads who happened to be hot, handsome, macho and so on? Not many that I know of.

    Also all the fantasy, romance, vampire and werewolves books I have read usually write in this sequence: meet > love/lust at first sight > arrival of bad guys > male lead had to protect female lead > sex in process > kill bad guys > live happily ever after. So, to me, reading Ab was refreshing where she did not instantly bed both richard and jeanclaude.

    I do admit she went a little off the main point of the story with all the R18 scene but somehow, she managed to get back to the whole killing mother of the darkness in bullet. Though, the rate at which jeanclaude was gaining power was a little to fast to make readers believe.

    While I'm still an AB fan, I, as a reader's point of view, do not prefer the book outting as a Tv series or a movie. But, of course, if I were the writer, I would wish more than anything else for my work to go on tv.

    The reason is because, when a reader reads the book first and watch the tv series or movies later, you'll feel very disappinted. I don't know about anybody else, but, when I read a book I really love, I tend to have a certain hope and expectation for it when I hear that the movie or tv series is coming out.

    Take Eragon by Christopher Paolini for example. The book flowed so beautifully and detailly. Yet, when I watch the movie, I wanted to throw popcorn at it(no offense to the producer or director). It's just that certain part of the scene was contridicting the book. For some reason, it did nothing but piss me off and make me feel like I have wasted the money for the tickets and popcorn.

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