We got into this fab convo on one of my Facebook groups about content and morality, and it was fascinating as the viewpoints were SO different, but that we were still GETTING ALONG!!
I love you ladies ;-)
Peggy Eddleman (Hope you don't mind me singling you out) and if you DON'T know who she is, you need to go meet her because she's just unbelievable, and I'm sure her book will be made into movies, and will just be AH-mazing. (From Sara Crowe to Random House - uh, yes. I did just name drop, lol)
(Again, because I'm obviously having a hard time staying on track today).
She said something about writing MG so she didn't have to worry about morality, but then realized that her book could be perceived as giving a "bad message" and I got to thinking about the shows my kids have watched, and the "bad messages" they might be giving off.
Uh... four-year old (ish) girl runs all over the country side armed with nothing but an annoying map, and a magic backpack that gets her out of every situation, and keeps her safe from a thieving fox.
Honestly this is a show about a stupid monkey who gets in scrape after scrape, and the man with the yellow hat is there to get him out.
I had no man with a yellow hat to save my sorry ass when I almost fell to my death while scaling the side of a cabin (long story).
Snotty and spoiled means that the nicest kind of people will rally behind you and become your closest friends.
You only need to dance with someone once to have true love. (And maybe tiny feet)
I bought this movie for my daughter, and after watching it once, was so offended by the ridiculousness of Snow White that I threw it away.
I nearly did this with Snow White and the Huntsman, which COULD have been a really cool film.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
All smart girls read - LOVE this part.
Being held hostage by a rich beast in a castle will make all your dreams come true - Don't love this part as much.
Okay. This movie is awesome.
But the bad guy is the good guy, and you should always listen to the talking fish?
And even if you screw everyone over, you still get the girl?
YO GABBA GABBA
If you dress stupid enough, and sings songs like There's A Party In My Tummy, HUGE celebrities will come on your show.
(You would MAKE MY DAY if you left another example in the comments. Seriously)
Here's the thing - I don't put a bunch of crap in my books that doesn't need to be there. Cam in Gestapo swears a lot, but if I'd made it "realistic" the f word would be a noun, a verb, an adverb in almost every sentence... you get the idea.
At the same time--some scenes need detail, others don't...
And I'll leave you hanging there.
It can be a hard line to walk, and I think the most important thing as an author is to know that you will not please everyone.
I have two reviews on SPill Over that are NEXT TO EACH OTHER on amazon and one says - Nice clean YA Romance. The next says - I stopped reading b/c of the language and "sexual situations"
So. Yeah. Same book. Two readers.
And another thing - If you're looking for a bad message. YOU WILL FIND ONE.
And that's all I have to say about that.
But wow, I feel like I was ALL OVER THE PLACE TODAY...
WINNER OF ARC OF FALLING (from Friday) IS MARY DE BASTOS!!! WOOT!!
(You can thank random.org for your win ;-)
Also - Steph Campbell is doing an AH-mazing fundraiser on her blog...
Check it out HERE