It’s not you, it’s me: when authors jump genres

A blood elf in Warcraft dancing like Napoleon Dynamite? Sure, why not? I’m open to anything. I love this dance!

My favourite author jumping genres? Wait, what? Which genre? I’m not open to everything.

When I read a book by one of my favourite authors and they’ve taken on a new style to fit a new genre and added elements I never agreed to,  my heart sinks and I feel guilty for not feeling the love.  One minute I’m tweeting reviews and retweeting other people’s reviews, and then retweeting the author’s retweets of other people’s reviews of their books, and the next minute I’m hiding under the desk becoming uncharacteristically silent when I’m normally so vocal. I want to stick with them, I’m not completely unreasonable. Should I remain as supportive as before just because it isn’t my thing?

I used to love Fantasy; it was my first love, before Urban Fantasy and you never forget your first love. I am not trending to Game of Thrones when I say that I would love to write a  true Fantasy novel one day. I’d shake my David Eddings and Raymond E.Feist books at you for proof, but they’d get all ratty with my vehemence. And I’d challenge you to a duel with my ten level 80 Warcraft characters if I didn’t have to close down my account three years ago because I was so obsessed. I’d love to see David Eddings write a YA Contemporary romance, though. Has he? I’m so out of touch with my roots…

YA to NA to Adult and back. Not a problem for me, as long as the elements and style is similar.

Some leaps are more like a shuffle, some leaps can clear huge, gaping chasms.

What leaps have you stretching with the author, bracing yourself for the journey, and what genre jumps have you pouting like a 14 year old who has had their Warcraft account cancelled by Mummy? Okay… like a 39 year old who had to cancel their Warcraft account because they are obsessive.

If you don’t like the leap, are you just as supportive?

I’m not really saying what leaps are too big for me, am I?

Here’s the real Napoleon Dynamite to distract you with his awesomeness.

 

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Audiobooks – Do you read your manuscript out loud?

I really thought I wanted to be an actor, but when I couldn’t stand the sound of my voice or tolerate my image on screen I dropped the dream and did what a lot of creative types do:   worked for a large company in sales and hated it. When I discovered writing as an outlet I knew that the creative artist within was smiling. I mean, I could actually reread my own work without wanting to damage walls. That’s a pretty clear indication that this was the way for me. So when I started reading my manuscript out loud, I found it helped with the flow of my book, it helped with editing, and it helped reaffirm my decision to leave acting as a career choice. I’m glad I did it though. The male character walking over confidentially instead of confidently was certainly an error, unless he meant to keep this to himself. Overall though, the tone certainly didn’t sound how it did in my head. When my characters have my voice, they sound boring and irritating rather than witty and engaging.

It made me think. Am I boring and irritating?  Well, it actually made me think, how will my manuscript translate to readers. And further, how will this translate as an audiobook? I love this one series, the character is hilarious. The humor is left field and less obvious. In my head we do great things together – with my dry wit and and her sass we are formidable.  How on earth can any narrator do us justice? Yes, us. We are a team. So I listened to a sample and I was so excited when it did nothing for me. I thought, maybe I’m not doomed? Loads of people love audiobooks and this narrator is well-loved by our community, so maybe I just don’t get it. But they get it. How will I know when they get what I don’t get with my own work?  I have to cover my bases, even those I don’t understand. We all have 4532 bases, right? It’s dark and scary as hell out there by the time I’m done covering them all.

ebooks and I rarely come into contact. I don’t get up in the morning for anything less than three dimensions.   And if I find it difficult to embrace alternative dimensions or dream dimensions within my beloved books, you can imagine how well the auditory dimension is going to fare.

So, whats’ your take on audiobooks?

Have you ever read your manuscript out loud to see how it sounds?  Did you it make you so crazy you ran around wearing black shoes with a brown belt?