This month’s topic is: What does your story/character(s) sound like?
I was preceded in this month’s Absolute Write blog chain by Stefanie Gaither and will be followed by xcomplex. The entire list of participants concludes this post. Give them all a read; great stuff to be found there.
I love this topic because I often associate music with my story lines and characters. Anyone who’s clicked around my blog has probably stumbled upon music for my WIP’s and characters (see my Novels in Progress tab and sub tabs for My Fair Vampire music, and All’s Fair in Love and War music). Some evoke a mood, others I picked for their lyrics, still others had a video that made the association for me. Hearing is a powerful sense, right up there with sight which is, of course, critical to writers. Stories began orally then in turn became songs long before they were carved into stone or put to paper via quill or pen or computer.
That’s why when book trailers became the rage, I embraced the idea and said “Bring it!” I’ve made one book trailer so far which is buried in this blog somewhere. Extra credit points if you find it. Ha! I do not claim that it’s good nor could it ever be used commercially because I borrowed the music and many of the pictures so legally couldn’t do so.
I know many people claim that a good book trailer really does nothing to increase sales but a bad book trailer can hurt sales. I don’t necessarily see it as a marketing ploy but as another means of conveying a mood or impression either before or after the book has been read. Radical, I know. I spent more time on the music to my book trailer than the text (though you can probably tell). Music is as powerful as words on a page or images on a screen. That’s why I am also a fan of movie soundtracks.
The younger bunch may not remember this so much but I remember when the first Alien movie came out. A droning of repetitive tones, almost annoying, played throughout the commercial until you got to the tagline, “In space no one can hear you scream”. I still vividly remember that trailer (and the movie too) and remember thinking, “uh-uh, you ain’t gettin’ me in the theatre to watch that!” It was unnerving and creepy and did a killer job preparing the audience for the nightmarish sense of dread that was the film itself.
When a movie is made of my novel or novels, Thomas Newman is my pick to score it. His work on Lemony Snickets, Six Feet Under, American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption and many others all have his signature style to them, a blend of orchestra and synthesizer, unusual percussion and wonderful melodies. In my fantasies, when I walk up the stage to accept my Academy Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation, it will be to the tune of one of his compositions. See, even my dreams have musical accompaniment.
The AW May Musical Blog Chain’s Fantabulous Links Are:
Aheïla: http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ and direct link to my blog chain’s post
Stefanie Gaither: http://stefanie-gaither.blogspot.com/ and direct link to the blog chain’s post
AuburnAssassin: http://clairegillian.wordpress.com/ and direct link to her post
xcomplex: http://arielemerald.blogspot.com and direct link to her post
Proach: http://everythinghistorical.wordpress.com and direct link to her post
8thSamurai: http://digitalisdreaming.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
vfury: http://helencorcoran.wordpress.com and direct link to her post
CScottMorris: http://cscottmorrisbooks.com/ and direct link to his post
Hayley E. Lavik: http://hayleyelavik.blogspot.com and direct link to her post
FreshHell: http://freshhell.wordpress.com and direct link to her post
LadyMage: http://www.katherinegilraine.com and direct link to her post
DavidZahir: http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/ and direct link to his post
Aimée Laine: http://www.aimeelaine.com/writing/blog/ and direct link to her post
egoodlett: http://wordlarceny.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Semmie: http://semmie.wordpress.com and direct link to her post
Sbclark: http://sonyaclark.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Razibahmed: http://write-translate.blogspot.com/ and direct link to his post
ArcticFox: http://picaresqueblog.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Lilain: http://abigailschmidt.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
Truelyana: http://expressiveworld.com/ and direct link to her post
CowgirlPoet: http://frontnotes.blogspot.com/ and direct link to her post
defyalllogic:http://tavialewis.com/hyperbolicallyspeaking/ and direct link to her post
IrishAnnie: http://superpenpower.blogspot.com and direct link to her post
Alpha Echo: http://writersramblings81.blogspot.com/