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Don't be a snotApril 16, 2018 – A collection of bookish memes your audience can relate to.

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Book v movieI hate movies made from books! Well, not really. I hate movies based on books where the director decided to ignore the book. I can actually enjoy a movie that doesn’t have every bit of dialogue, etc., in it, but more often than not, the difference is as  stark as the photo to your left. You know what I mean. You’ve read this beautiful lush novel filled with interesting characters and gorgeous details and you’re looking forward to the movie, but then it looks like the right half of the photo – dead, lifeless, missing most of its parts.

I feel so sorry for the other people in the movie theater … including my husband … because they’ll never know what they’re missing. They think the movie represents the book. They just didn’t have to “waste” a week after work reading it. Instead, they encapsulated it into a 1 hour and 46 minute dose of special effects and great costumes. They believe they got the better end of the deal when in fact they are consuming a picked-over meal. It’s like listening to a symphony on digital media and never realizing all the tones that are left out.

GoT North Remembers

Some directors do a better job than others. Peter Jackson left a few things from the Lord of the Rings book out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the overall quality wasn’t reduced. Walden Entertainment tries to stick with the book fairly faithfully. The Hunger Games books were written cinematically, so a lot of what was in the books made it into the movies. And, trust me, even with eight seasons and counting, the television series couldn’t get all of the Game of Thrones books onto the screen. Although I haven’t yet had opportunity to view beyond the first season, I think the series is well done and doesn’t “ruin” the books. It’s just that it’s definitely not the same thing as reading the novels.

Iceberg comparisonReally folks, watching the movie is honestly not the same as reading the book. It’s more like reading the Cliff notes. And, when I hear people say “Oh, yeah, I saw the movie and it was awful, why would I read the book?” I think, “because the movie is not the book and if you only knew that, you would enjoy it so much more.” There’s just so much we lose out on when we “sample” literary works by way of film rather than consume the real deal. I love well-done film, but far too often, film eviscerates a well-written book. In my perfect world, every book would have a companion movie done as well as the book and based on the book … which surprisingly does happen with movies that end up being novelized. I’m not sure why it works that way … maybe because novel writers can see what’s on screen and just describe it, but screenwriters feel that they can reimagine what they’ve read.

 

Maybe?

Now, there are exceptions to this “the book is almost always better” rule. I’ve read many a great book in my life in many wonderful genres, but one reason I’m writing Transformation Project is because the available apocalyptic books weren’t all that good while television was and is creating fantastic content. You know what I mean — The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, The Last Ship, The Colony, even Z Nation. Books deserve to be that good and so, since I couldn’t find many that lived up to that standard, I’m writing them. By the way, this is the last day of a 99-cent sale on each of the books in that series. You could pick up all three for less than one costs you at full price.

 

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Posted April 16, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop, Uncategorized

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Looking for Support on 99-cent Sale   9 comments

All three books in Transformation Project will be on 99-cent sale next week. You can help spread the word by allowing me to borrow your social media network for a moment.

https://www.daycause.com/lelamarkham/99-cent-sale-of-great-apocalyptic-series

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/68260-objects-april-99-cent-sale

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/68259-april-lawki-99-cent-sale

TP Cover Montage

Of course, you’re always welcome to buy the books too, but you know – SALE!

https://www.amazon.com/Lela-Markham/e/B00OQWYP68/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1522869974&sr=8-1

My first Delia Talent Post   3 comments

Aurora ColorsMy regular readers won’t be surprised to find that I opted for a touch of controversy on my inaugural post – about Christian creatives who choose, as I do, to not label their work as “Christian.”

https://dyegirl1373.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/03/07/Lets-Talk-How-to-be-a-Christian-Creative-in-a-Fallen-World

Multi-Author #Sale of #Clean #Dragon #Books   Leave a comment

Murklin Wood is on 99-cent sale this week along with several other authors’ books feature clear dragon reads.

https://emilymarthasorensen.com/cleanfantasydragonreads.html

 

Posted January 4, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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#Reviewers Wanted   1 comment

Image result for image of a threatening fragility markhamA Threatening Fragility publishes November 7, 2017, and I’m looking for reviewers … for the entire series.

I’m willing to give FREE ebooks for an honest review.

This is the third book for a libertarian-influenced apocalyptic series that asks “How would the people of a small Midwestern town survive if brought to a breaking point?”

If you’re interested, email me at lelamarkham@gmail.com with “Review Offer” in the subject line.

Posted November 6, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in books, Uncategorized

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Rape of the Mind   Leave a comment

Image result for image of rape of the mind“… The development of a kind of bureaucratic absolutism is not limited, however, to totalitarian countries. A mild form of professional absolutism is evident in every country in the mediating class of civil servants who bridge the gap between man and his rulers. Such a bureaucracy may be used to help or to harm the citizens it should serve.

It is important to realize that a peculiar, silent form of battle goes on in all of the countries of the world — under every form of government — a battle between the common man and the government apparatus he himself has created. In many places we can see that this governing tool, which was originally meant to serve and assist man, has gradually obtained more power than it was intended to have.

… Governmental techniques are no different from any other psychological strategy; the deadening hold of regimentation can take mental possession of those dedicated to it, if they are not alert. And this is the intrinsic danger of the various agencies that mediate between the common man and his government. It is a tragic aspect of life that man has to place another fallible man between himself and the attainment of his highest ideals.” –The Rape of the Mind

Posted October 24, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in books

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Give My Thunderclaps Some Love   Leave a comment

Image result for image of a threatening fragilityAhead of the book launch for “A Threatening Fragility”, I’m looking for some free promotion for Transformation Project.

Life As We Knew It

Objects In View

A Threatening Fragility

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Posted September 28, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion

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