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.