Friday, June 19, 2009

Cancelled...for This Week


I know you showed up today for the Star Light, Star Bright...Interstellar Interview, but unforeseen circumstances have prompted the need to reschedule for next week. So same URL, same day, but next week :0)


Nevertheless I do think the topic of cancellation is a valid one. I went to a book signing this week to support a friend, Mary Margret Daughtridge, who writes Navy SEAL contemporaries. When I showed up at five minutes until the start there were only four attendees, and two of those were running the camera equipment. I was like "Oh, no! I hope they don't cancel the signing/reading." I know generally you can have two people and the show still goes on...but it does make you wonder how many times the bookstore will keep putting it's time and efforts out there if no one is going to show. Plus it never helps when the weather is nasty outside and there's road construction in the vicinity. Though I'm glad to say that merely pushing the start back 15 minutes meant five times as many people were hanging on every word as Mary Margret read from SEALED WITH A PROMISE. (I loved it because she read a scene about a wedding...and I don't even think she knew I was engaged. Not to mention that it had humor, which always makes a read fun. Let's face it, sometimes too much angst is well...too much.)

The term "cancelled" also brings to mind the wishy washy way tv is going these days. It seems like we're about to be inundated with reality shows. Don't get me wrong I love to watch good reality tv, including seeing just what people will do--like catching the most huge insects with their hands in 30 seconds to win $20,000. (I for one would not win that event!) But it seems that all the good dramas are being gobbled up by what the stations think is popular. Can you think of any paranormal shows that are on a major station, that isn't cable? I bring cable into the mix because a hot topic this past week was the return of TRUE BLOOD on HBO. I got hooked on the first season, and hope the writers can keep up the momentum for this second installment. I'd hate to see it fall apart like HEROES. And I just remembered the trailer I saw for VAMPIRE DIARIES, which I think we can all attest was inspired by TWILIGHT (though info says it's structured according to a series penned by Kevin Williamson) . Even with hit shows like FRINGE and SUPERNATURAL, you have to wonder how long they'll last when their time slots are switched continually and they're pitted against other "headliners". I can say I'm happy to see cable networks will pick up the discards, like Sci Fi's announcement to show MOONLIGHT.

I've also heard the sad news that some authors' series are stalled in limbo. Because of the economic downturn publishers seem to be hesitant to publish or even acquire what hasn't been consistently selling. Which means some of the characters we love might not have their time in the sun...or moonlight. If there's a book you're dying to see written by a favorite author, then please write the publisher or even the author's editor and ask (beg) them to consider pushing the project on! When they're so busy watching the bottom line, they can't always pay attention to what readers want (especially when we're a section of the romance horde). But having more than one person advocate a project could make that light bulb go off and give them a great idea to make money!


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