Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hana Yori Dango = Mean Boys! (Boys over Friends Review)

The absolute biggest inspiration for my book is a Japanese manga titled Hana Yori Dango.  

Hana Yori Dango or Boys over Flowers is a popular manga that has been made into an anime as well as a live action.  With live actions versions from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, and now...America.  (I'll get to that later.)  Obviously Hana Yori Danga is extremely popular, EXTREMELY.  You could almost say the plots of Hana Yori Dango and Mean Boys are pretty similar. 

Both have prestigious schools.
Both deals with bullying.
Both have a "popular" group consisting of boys.
Both have romances.

I would say mine is a bit more on the edgy side since it has cursing, sexual situations, and deals with more serious issues.  Hana Yori Dango is amazing though, to put it simply.  I remember reading all of the manga volumes in 9th grade and becoming addicted.  So soon after that I got the entire anime series from the library and watched every last episode in one sitting.  I've also watched and loved the Japanese live action version.

That's when Mean Boys begun to brew in my head.  I wanted to write something similar to Hana Yori Dango and at first I did.

Mean Boys was a carbon copy.  

A rip off.

That was back then.

After many idea revisions now I'd say they're two very different stories.
 Above I wrote there was an American version of Hana Yori Dango that was recently released titled "Boys Over Friends."

Holy Cow.

It was terrible.

Whenever I envisioned an American remake of Hana Yori Dango I always imagined it to be a little different then the other adaptions.  I thought it would be more daring, more..something.  Especially since we Americans love to go overboard with certain things, lol.  This version is not.  I don't think it's horrible either but it's just...weird.

That's all I can write.

It was weird.

The acting is okay, the characters are okay, but nothing really stood out.  I just found the whole thing to be just...odd.  Like some type of parody.  It all felt childish, maybe if it were set in a high school it would fit better?  I just couldn't understand why certain things would be happening, especially in that setting.  Which I think is a graduate school.

High school, totally.
Graduate school full of intelligent (mostly) adults, nope, not at all.

Low budget aside, because good material could still be made with a low budget it wasn't good.  At all.  I was cringing the entire time.  I think they chose good looking actors but they should have found more expressive people, this was just...dry.

This is just the pilot episode so maybe it'll get better, watch below!

Oh look it's me >>>>>>>>>>

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cover Reveal...


Introducing my new cover...

 At first I didn't know how I felt about it.  I had to keep looking at it from different angles and I was going to tell the artist to change everything.  But then I gave it a good hard look, and I realized:  it's perfect.  It's dark, edgy, and sexy.  Just like my book.  I hope.  Mean Boys is in the new/young adult genre which I think this cover reflects pretty well.  My sister said it looks like a vampire book (I hope not) I'm guessing it's because the guy is incredibly pale.  He's supposed to be Judas.  He's not the perfect Judas but he's as good as it's going to get.  I do think I'll get another cover made, but, for now this will be my ebook cover.  I hope it makes people want to read.
Created by Cormar Covers.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Still working on Mean Boys...


 (oh look, it's me)
I haven't given up on my book, I'm still in the process of working on it.  Recently I got a new job which has been taking up a lot of my time.  A lot.  But that hasn't stopped me from working on Mean Boys.  I utilize my breaks at work by writing my outline or writing little side notes.  I'm so close to being finished.  ><   

With the outline anyways.

My writing process is still a huge work in progress but I plan to put a schedule together in order to churn out this first draft.  Looks like my January release date will definitely be pushed back, way back.  Sadly.  But it will be out, eventually. 

I'm hoping my next book won't take this long, it shouldn't though since this is my first real published novel then again I have no help and I'm paying for everything (cover, advertising, etc) myself.  I also have another story on Wattpad with only three chapters but it's gotten pretty popular.  I'm updating that as well, it's a gay werewolf romance story.  Viewer discretion advised...seriously.  

So if you're into that I'd take a look. 


Friday, October 4, 2013

Shinier blurb!

I've been tweaking my blurb for Mean Boys and I'm in love with this newer one I wrote.  I basically added a bit more detail and tried to make the wording sound smoother.  Until Mean Boys is published I'll probably keep tweaking it every now and then.  It's weird how authors can write thousands upon thousands of words but struggle with a short one paragraph blurb. :)

(click to view)
(here's it in text)
 “So...you're forcing me to be your slave?” I inhaled deeply even though 
my body had calmed. “Is that the basic gist?”

A reformed bully. Two damaged boys. Bound by blackmail.The only thing Bianca Wilbur wanted was to forget her past and sail through her first and only year at the prestigious Battle St. John Preparatory, by making new friends and maintaining perfect grades. That is until one scandalousraunchy night of Truth or Dare with two of the school's most infamous bad boys, the peculiar Judas and the reckless Zeus aka The St. John Gods,

leads to the unthinkable.

She's intrigued by one and despises the other.

 
As Bianca is forcibly dragged into their troubled world secrets spill and dirty lies come out. What happens when the bully becomes the prey?

Mature YA/New Adult. Excessive swearing, sensitive subject matter, and sexual situations.

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Immortal Web Series LOVE!

Before I start this review you guys have to be aware of a certain Harry Potter fanfiction by the name of My Immortal.  A very imfamous fanfiction that has gotten famous because of how silly, terrible, and out of character it is.  It's basically about a girl who goes to Hogwarts and is a huge Mary Sue and in love with Draco Malfoy.  If you're super curious about it just Google it or search Youtube for narrators and you'll see just how bad it actually is.  It's BAD.  This review is about this web series I recently found based on the fanfiction.  

It's super necessary that before you watch this web series you throw out of your mind how the original Harry Potter cast looks and just immerse yourself in what these creators have done.  The characters in this series obviously look nothing like the Harry Potter cast but once you get past that the series becomes just addicting! 

 It was for me.



 Instead of following the fanfiction completely the creators made up their own little story and I'm relieved they did.  If they had followed My Immortal completely it would've been unwatchable.  The characters are super likable, the scenes are well filmed, the acting could use work but it's still nicely executed for what it is.  The girl who plays Hermione is my fave of the actors.

 I adore the way the series was filmed, it reminds me of a show that would've been on The N(before they changed it to TeenNick).  Minus the cursing, there's a lot.  Which I didn't mind AT ALL.  Another great element to this series was the chemistry between the Harry and Draco actors, yes chemistry.  Because in this series there's a Harry/Draco romance.

 I LOVED IT SO MUCH! 

If you're not into boyxboy or gay romance you probably shouldn't watch cause there's a bit of it.  Here's a sneak peak below. 

I can't even...

When I first saw this kiss my eyes were like O.O they did a really good job.

Lastly the music in this series is AMAZING, just great.  I wish I had some of the names of the songs they used.  Such an awesome soundtrack, I was pleasantly surprised.  Whoever chose the songs has a great taste in music.

Loved this series and you guys should give it chance, the first episode is a bit weird.  You have to get use to the way the actors look, the music, etc.  But after the third episode I was hooked.  I'm sad it's so short but it's understandable.  Their resources were probably limited.

 Watch it and give it a chance.  Seriously.
  Here's the first episode. 


Second episode as well.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

How not to write a book!

  How not to write a book!
Maybe I'm too ambitious but my story is taking a very long time to write.  Very.  I'm still in the rough draft stage and i'm still writing the outline.  Even though I'm close to being finished with the outline I know I'm a super slow writer compared to other authors.  Then again I am still a newb at this whole process.  I don't know if it's normal for writers nowadays to physically write their outlines.  I do.  And I don't just write short chapter summaries I like to write almost everything that happens in the story.  So when it's time to type I won't have many roadblocks.  For my outline I'm using three composition notebooks.  Yes three.  I've filled one, halfway done with another, and using the third for notes. 

Here are my babies.  Seriously they're my babies, if I lose one Mean Boys would never get finished.  Everything that happens in Mean Boys is written in these three books.  All the plot twists, romance, drama, fighting, sexual situations, everything.  Without these books my characters would be flat and lifeless.  No back stories, no history, no personalities.  These notebook are my life.  Pretty much.  The downside of writing out a thorough outline is it takes a lot of time.  For me it's making my writing process go at a snail's pace.  I'm still far from being done with my first draft.  It's really annoying.  I also start a new job soon so that's going to make the process even slower but thankfully I'm on the last section of my outline then all I need to do is type.  Here's a sneak peak inside my three notebooks.

Another reason my book is taking forever is because I keep changing and adding things.  Taking out cliches, adding more actions/scenarios.  I recently read a manga which gave me a pump of inspiration for one of my characters and I changed how they acted in a few scenes of my book.  This happens often.  This is my debut novel, aren't they supposed to be amazing, gripping, and addictive?  That's what I'm hoping for.  Though it may just end up being boring, badly written, and repetitive.  I hope not!!!  That's my worst fear.  
There's people who actually want to read my book which makes me so happy.  I haven't done much promotion or any giveaways and there's already people on Goodreads who are interested.  Every time someone adds my book to their to-read list I feel like crying.  It's surreal.  Real people actually want to read my book.  So weird.  That's why my book needs to be as good as I can make it.  If that means it won't be out for a while so be it.
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

If my main male characters were manga...

 The other day I was scrolling on Tumblr (like usual) and I found this drawing of this Manga guy whose the splitting image of one of my main characters, Judas.  It was weird.  The drawing is exactly how I pictured Judas in my head.  From the hair cut to the piercing in the eyebrow.  The only difference is in my book Judas's hair is pink.  Bubblegum pink to be exact.  I wish I knew the artist name but sadly I don't, it's such a perfect drawing.  I'm sure it's probably some character from a Manga but in this particular picture it reminds me of Judas.  Love it!  It's hot and perfect!

 
 Since I found a picture for Judas I had to find one for my other main male character Zeus, and let me just say that was extremely hard.  For some odd reason.  There's a lot of great blond Manga characters but none that really struck me as Zeus.  I searched and searched, found a generic picture, and was going to settle with that.  Knowing me I'm an extreme perfectionist so it just didn't work.  Which means I started looking again and remembered this Manga I read a long time ago called Let Dai (Woon Soo-yoon).  That main character in a way resembled Zeus so I chose him.  The only difference is the hair in the picture is too long but other than that I'd say he's pretty perfect.

It would be a dream come true to be a writer for a manga or if one my future books was turned into a manga series.  A girl can dream. :)

  It's seriously a really awesome coincidence that both guys just so happen to be shirtless. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The next big thing interview.

 This is simply "Tag" questions for authors to put on their blogs.  You're supposed to be tagged by an author, answer the questions, then tag five more authors.  I wasn't tagged...and I don't have any authors to tag sooooooo I just decided to answer them anyways.  Enjoy!
 

What is the working title of the book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How I picture my characters!


These are simply the lead males, of course these pictures don't belong to me.  I'm using them only as a visual representation of my characters.  I've had these pictures stored in my computer for YEARS.  But they're pretty identical to how I pictured my characters in my head, so here you go! 

Okay I'll admit they look like the typical YA love interests.  
They're not.  Far from it.  


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TITLE & BLURB REVEAL!!

I know I have a tiny amount of readers but for those who follow me today I'm super excited to make this post.  
It's my title and blurb reveal for my upcoming novel!!

By upcoming I mean December 2013.  Hopefully.  Also here's the link to my new Goodreads.  I still have a while before my book is finished but until then I shall tease you guys with this tiny blurb and the title.


 Here's the blurb below without the pretty image, just in case it's too difficult to read.

So...you're forcing me to be your slave?” I breathed deeply even though my body had calmed. “Is that the basic gist?”

A reformed bully. Two damaged boys. Bound by blackmail.

The only thing Bianca Wilbur wanted was to forget her past and sail through her first and only year at the prestigious Battle St. John Preparatory by making new friends and maintaining perfect grades. That is until one scandalous night of Truth or Dare with two of the school's most infamous bad boys, the peculiar Judas and the reckless Zeus, leads to the unthinkable. As Bianca is dragged into their troubled world secrets spill and lies come out.



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Authors attacking reviewers...



Let's say you're an avid reader.  You adore a good book.  One day you purchase a book and read it.

You end up hating it.

In your opinion it's probably one of the worst books you've ever read.  So what do you do?  You write a review.  There can be many reasons why you write it, but you do.  After you post it online you leave it for others to read.  That should be the end of it.

But sometimes it's not.

Lately I've noticed a trend where people are starting to attack reviewers for giving bad reviews, recommending other books in the review, or commenting on the author's writing.

This has to stop.

Books are for entertainment. 

Books are products that are bought with money. 

Money some people barely have.

If the purchase doesn't live up to an individuals expectations they have a right to voice their opinions.  No matter what.  As an author I want my reviewers to give honest feedback, if that means "this book was written poorly and the characters are unrealistic " so be it.  I hate seeing authors replying negatively or rudely to a review simply because a reviewer didn't like their work.  Not only is it immature but it has the potential to damage the author's reputation.

Not everyone will love your work.

Bad reviews should be expected no matter what.  No book is entirely perfect.

 In the video below this girl is sort of discussing how reviewers are being attacked for giving bad book reviews.  I agree with everything she says.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hating your stories...

I'm in the process of writing the first draft of my novel and as I type I find myself looking at my work and hating everything.  The style, my characters, the descriptions, everything.  It's really frustrating.  It makes me go back and rearrange whatever I just typed.  This is the problem.  

I'm only in my first draft.  

The first draft is supposed to suck.  That's why it's called the first draft so when you finish it you can revise it as much as you want.  My mind can't seem to grasp this concept.  I've been working on this book for too long and I'm ready to finish it.  If I could I would write it in one day but unfortunately I'm not that talented.  My goal is to get the first draft finished by the end of august, start the editing process, find beta readers, have a cover, and get the book out before next year.  I know I can do it.  Of course having these ambitions is not stopping my mind from hating everything I write.  

I just have these fears that once my book is released NO ONE will like it.  No one will buy it.  No one will like my characters and no one will like my style of writing.  I realize no matter what people aren't going to like my book.  That's perfectly normal.  I'm just worried everybody will hate it.  I have a feeling this is normal for "first time" published authors, in my case self published.  I've written many books in my life and published them for free online but I've never had these kinds of jitters.  But those weren't meant to be perfect just entertaining.  

The only thing I can do is keep writing.

My goal is to write at least 2,000 words per day but so far I'm only getting to 1,000.  It's annoying, I keep getting stopped by bad thoughts.  Once I stop it's hard for me to start againI get side tracked.  I'll want to write but I'd get distracted by the Internet: Youtube, forums, Facebook.  I can't escape.  I'm realizing what I'll need to do to finish is shut off the Internet, ignore bad thoughts, and type like there's no tomorrow.  Hopefully this plan works.  I already have my next book in mind.  It's going to be a fantasy YA series, I've been writing down random ideas for it and I love the concept.  Then again I might change my mind.

Plots live in my head.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How shoujo manga inspired my writing!



If it's not obvious enough my writing will be/is inspired by manga or Japanese graphic novels.

Specifically by the genre Shoujo Manga.

Growing up I was that weird quiet girl who didn't have a lot of friends.  I hated school, I was an extreme introvert, and nothing seemed to be able to make me happy.  Until I discovered manga.  Of course with the first discovery I tried to get my hands on whatever manga I could find.  Most of it was geared toward boys.  The first stories I ever wrote were horrendous action adventures that were just all over the place.  They didn't have a real focus, it was more about getting from point A to point B without many obstacles.

Around middle school I found out about Shoujo manga which is geared towards girls/women and depicts dramatic life situations.  Reading Shoujo manga inspired me to start writing more "dramatically".  For example it'll depict romance, friendships, even action but with a higher level of emotion, intensity, and drama.  Strangely my all time favorite Shoujo happens to have a boy as a main character and it's packed with violence but it's still amazing.   After reading mountains and mountains of Shoujo manga I realized my writing needed to be dramatic, it needed more juice to reel in potential readers.  This in a way is how I developed my writing style, from Shoujo manga!

 Here's some scenes from Shoujo manga! (these are all different)