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On her terrific PUB RANTS blog (http://pubrants.blogspot.com/), agent Kristin Nelson talks about a plot she’d like to see some writer tackle. Why? Because it’s a book she’d personally love to read.

It reminded me why I started writing – to entertain myself with the stories that I couldn’t find on the bookshelf or at the movies. Sometimes it was because I had already read everything of a particular type – Nancy Drew when I was little, then gothics, then the whole Ludlum craze, etc.

But sometimes, it was because I wanted a stronger romantic subplot in the mystery or adventure I was reading. I was like Goldilocks – romance novels were too heavy on the romance, and other books were too light. So I made some up that were just right for my particular tastes.

Anyway, there are still categories of books/movies that I want other authors to write because I’m dying to read/see them, but I don’t really want to make them up myself. Either I don’t want to do all the necessary research, or I want to be totally surprised at the ending – to watch the story unfold as a reader/viewer instead of as a writer.

Then there’s the OTHER category. I’ve blogged about it before. Scary movies. I occasionally think of plots for them – or at least, scary set-ups that could be worked into a plot – but I don’t write them myself because I would probably scare myself to death. I would love, love, love for someone else to write them though, because sometimes, a scary movie is the perfect remedy for what’s ailing me.

I’m at that point right now. I want to be scared to death. Why won’t someone write a really, really scary script? And by ‘scary’ I mean SCARY. Don’t just startle me with corpses or special effects. That works for the moment, and I enjoy being startled, but I want it to last. I want to be glancing around myself with apprehension as we leave the theater. I want to go to sleep with the light on.

My talented friend Karmela Johnson (http://karmelajohnson.com/blog/) is working on a demon hunter book right now. I have confidence that she’ll scare me with it. But meanwhile, what to do, what to do?

P.S. I tend to like my scary stories as movies, not books. Why? Because with a movie, there are other people around when that terror grips me, so I can handle it. With a book, I might be all alone when it suddenly strikes for the first time. And trust me, I can’t handle that.

The perfect example is the movie POLTERGEIST. The previews and trailers scared me so much, I vowed never to see the movie. I studiously avoided it, because I did not want to see that little girl with her toy telephone or toy clown when either of them was talking to her! I didn’t see it at the theater, and I didn’t watch it on Showtime.

Then one night, when I couldn’t sleep and I was mindlessly channel-surfing, I landed on that movie right at truly creepy part. I was frozen. Staring. Then I switched it off, but there I was, all alone in our dark family room at the stroke of midnight, and almost had a melt down.

Nope. I’ve got to be with other people when I’m scared to death. How about you?



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Sep. 25th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kudos, Kate! Are you watching/have you watched SUPERNATURAL? It's going on its 3rd season and the Season 1 DVDs were just released. I, of course, had to buy them pronto. It's like The X-Files, except they're searching for a demon instead of an alien. The mytharc is terrific, as is the standalone episodes. Best of all is the eye-candy that is Jensen Ackles. Hehe... The eps can be kind of hokie sometimes, but overall, there's some scary-assed shit that goes in there. John Shiban, an X-Files alum, is one of the producers.

Sep. 26th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
I've been watching it from the start -- it's a good one! And getting better all the time. I can't wait to see what they do this week.

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