So, the boyfriend and I headed out to the movies Friday for date night.
Snow White and the Huntsman… AMAZING! I really can’t stress that enough. (And despite what my boyfriend will tell you, it wasn’t just because I think Chris Hemsworth is bloody gorgeous! I’m still not convinced Kristen Stewart is the perfect Snow White either.) But, it delivered a good watch. They changed the storyline up some to make it not so childish as the Disney version, but I still knew what was going to happen. It was predictable but in a good way in my opinion. I definitely would say that this movie is worthy of a watch.
The Chernobyl Diaries was a different story. Okay, let me preface this with an “I HATE scary movies” phrase. I’m usually not one to watch them, but for some reason, I’m fascinated by the nuclear meltdown of the reactor of Chernobyl. I think my love of Destination Truth, when they went to Chernobyl and found some creepy things going on there, sparked my fascination with this. So, I had to see this movie!
But, back to the original purpose for this blog post. I was anxious to see The Chernobyl Diaries, and it definitely looked like it was going to deliver in the “scary” field. But no. I kept expecting things to happen. The suspense would just build, but it would never really deliver on that built up tension. It was quite a let down.
This got me to thinking about writing. (Of course, right?) Anyway, some people commented, mostly my editor, about how I never delivered in moments of suspense in Read Me Dead. Was she right? In some instances, she was. So, in edits, I of course fixed that problem.
But, I thought it delivered. It’s important to get feedback on things that don’t work in your books. If your book is a suspense and doesn’t deliver, then yeah, chances are someone is going to mention that. That’s what it’s important to have beta readers and/0r an editor. A second pair of eyes is always a must before you publish your work or send it off to agents. Maybe get some feedback and make sure you’re like Dominos and Pizza Hut and deliver! Don’t be a DiGiorno pizza! You know, “It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno”?! Okay, yes, it’s a bad joke –
But, you have to deliver what you promise. If you promise a love triangle, give us one. If you promise murder, kill a bunch of minor characters… maybe even a major character. If your main character claims to be sarcastic, for goodness sake, make her sarcastic. Just deliver to the readers (or movie viewers). That’s all we ask!
Yes, I’m a reader first, writer second. If only that were true on most days…