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  1. I have always religiously stuck to the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 20xx. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writers-Artists-Yearbook-2011-Black/dp/1408124939/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1286181395&sr=1-1 But as the years go by there seems to be less and less in there about publishers and agents (for novel writing at least) and more about other areas that are no use to me. I just wondered which book (or website?) anyone else was using?
  2. Oh, please, don't get me started on vampires who 'twinkle'.
  3. I never liked any of the three Spiderman movies. I totally objected to making Peter Parker a High School kid, therefore aiming the franchise at the lower end of the teenage years. I remember about twenty years ago it was all still up in the air as to who was going to be doing the Spiderman movie and James Cameron's name was linked to it. If the rumourmill is to be believed, he wanted to make Spiderman 'more spider-like' and have Michael Biehn play Spidey - I guess I was probably the only person who really liked the sound of that
  4. I always thought the first three series were all pretty good, then went down hill from there. Does anyone know why Debbie was not in the first episode of the latest series? Has she left the show?
  5. I just read on the Internet (so it MUST be true obviously) that someone is trying to green-light a ‘Pride and Predator’ film. Basically, large head-hunting aliens land on Earth in the eighteenth century or something. It reminded me of a weird discussion me and a few mates had back in 1998 after we watched Plunkett and MacLean at the cinema – we came up with an idea regarding, ‘Plunkett and MacLean vs The Predator’ (wonder who’d have won?). Maybe if Pride and Predator goes ahead, we should have pushed our idea a bit harder?
  6. Ah, that's good to know. I must confess only watching the film of No Country For Old Men, so I didn't know the book did it that way.
  7. Do many books do this? Would it seem very out of place if the opening and final chapters were written from a first person perspective and all the between chapters were third person? (reason being the opening and ending chapters are set in the present while everything in between is set in the past and from different people’s perspectives). Any thoughts?
  8. Yeah, I've had a look through the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook - I'm guessing you're both right - not many people seem interested. I may contact JBWB as I've used them quite a lot to edit some of my work. Glad I haven't invested too much time into short stories yet.
  9. That's a shame. I didn't know that. I distinctly remember reading a book called (I think) Quirky Tales when I was about eleven. It was a collection of, well, quicky stories and I loved them. It's always sort of been at the back of my head to try and write a collection of similar stories. Do you know if there's any online publications or anywhere else that accepts short stories? (each is about three chapters - 10,000 words if that's any help)
  10. I’ve written four short stories of the same genre that would make up roughly one normal length fiction book. But I’ve only ever written synopsises for one story when submitting to agents. I know a synopsis is meant to be about a page long (no more than two), but should I write a synopsis for each story, or one general overview of the collection?
  11. I recently watched Keanu Reeve's 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' so my mind is kind of tainted by that interpretation, but, from what I can remember of the original, the spaceman did seek shelter in a woman's house/hotel and I think there was supposed to be some sort of possible 'relationship' there. I may be wrong - will have to watch it again. I think you're right about the original Assault on Precinct 13 - I'm pretty sure there wasn't a female lead in that. I know the remake (which I confess to quite enjoying) had a woman for the hero to save in.
  12. Yeah, I guess most films that rely on 'war' as a theme probably don't have much of a love interest element. I was going to say 'prison films' too, but I recently saw Mean Machine and they seemed to feel the need to crowbar in a female parole officer (I think she was) to flutter her eyelashes at Vinnie Jones. Hmm, interesting choice. I think there's definitely some sort of feelings going on between Leon and Natalie Portman's character. He felt towards her in a fatherly way whereas I think she was a little too worldly wise for her own good. I seem to remember reading at the time of its release that there was a scene cut from the final version where the girl 'offers' herself to Leon (naturally her turns her down). Probably it was for the best it was cut. I think the boy loved his bird (I mean in the healthy way we all like our pets).
  13. It's... Darcy of the Dead "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." It's an opening line that might make Jane Austen turn in her grave - or rise from it with her arms out-stretched. For writer Seth Grahame-Smith has taken Austen's Regency classic and turned it into Pride and Prejudice with Zombies. The novel, which uses the the vast majority of Austen's original text, is being touted as the first mainstream literary "mash-up". It's a bizarre mix of genres which sees Elizabeth Bennet as a kung-fu expert dedicated to wiping out the zombie menace in the quiet village of Meryton. The publication of the book comes amid plans for a sci-fi horror film in which aliens wreak havoc on a Jane Austen-style period drama. Elton John's film company, Rocket Pictures, is to start filming Pride and Predator in London later this year. Here, Grahame-Smith reveals what he thinks Austen herself would have made of all this zombie mayhem. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7985728.stm
  14. That looks pretty good. I wonder how they've managed to finance it? Plus Arin Alldridge is a dead ringer for Aragorn (Viggo Mortesen) - I assume that's who he's playing? His bio on the site doesn't say.
  15. I thought it was probably the best comic book adaptation I've ever seen. For some reason that last two (rebooted) Batman films didn't do anything for me - I guess I still have a fondness for Burton's brand of Batman. I read the original Watchmen graphic novel in the 80s and re-read it before I watched the film. A lot of the back history has now been a bit glossed over (all references to the Minutemen are taken care of in the opening credits), but it probably would be impossible to film every little aspect. Overall, I was really impressed. It's not often you see a film (taken from comic) where they even go as far as to recreate the exact scenes shot by shot (or shot for box). Has anyone heard what Alan Moore thinks of it yet? After watching the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta, I can see why he doesn't think much of the way Hollywood treats his material. Hopefully if he watches his own Watchmen, he may be pleasently surprised (I was!).
  16. Okay, no problem. I've removed the url from my signature. Sorry, sometimes I just get bored and ramble while at work. Won't happen again.
  17. I have my ticket for this Friday. I'm trying not to get too excited, but I've been waiting for this film ever since the graphic novel came out!
  18. Why do they never seem to irritate their owners?
  19. Cops can park their car in the roughest area of a city then just walk away and it’s still there when they get back. I lock mine if I get out to post a letter!
  20. Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant has branded Simon Cowell's view of music too narrow, and thinks The X Factor ignores whole swathes of pop music. The musician, speaking to the Radio Times, said Cowell's talent show was "basically people singing Whitney, Mariah and maybe Elton". "Why don't they have, say, a new-wave week? Or 80s electro week?" he asked. The Pet Shop Boys will collect an outstanding achievement accolade at the Brit Awards on 18 February. "The feeling is that pop has made a big comeback this year, and it's the right time to give us the award," he said. Surprise guests He explained that he watched The X Factor after writing a track for Girls Aloud, and decided to see what Cheryl Cole was like as a judge on the talent search. Tennant added of the show: "If it's not power ballads then it was a narrower version of disco. "I remember on Pop Idol, [judge] Pete Waterman told someone, very sympathetically, 'The thing is, you're more of a Depeche Mode kind of artist.' In other words, 'What are you doing here, pet?' Tennant scotched rumours that he will perform with The Killers at the Brit Awards, saying it was "made up by the papers". "There will be two guests for our performance, but I'd like it to be a surprise," he added. The 54-year-old also said he fully supports the return of Top of the Pops, but says it should not be updated. "It should never have tried to be cool. If it's brought back, it should be the original format - show the records going up the chart, and the number one," he said. Tennant, along with bandmate Chris Lowe, is due to release the first Pet Shop Boys album in three years on 23 March. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7879322.stm
  21. Did you publish with Lulu? If so, how are you finding it? I hear mixed reports from people who have used them.
  22. I can’t think of many. Even those few with no definite romantic element still have a bit of boy/girl chemistry involved. John Carpenter’s The Thing might be about the only one I can think of. Any others?
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