Embrace Your Geekness. Go Ahead.

Somehow, my Geekdar managed to miss the fact that last Friday, July 13th was actually, in fact, Embrace Your Geekness Day.

I can’t make this stuff up, people.

Only someone made of awesome can play a space captain, a mutant and a scrooge and still be able to quote Shakespeare. The man’s talent knows no bounds. Seriously.

Not only that, but it ALSO happened to be the birthdays of two of the greatest actors to have ever served Geek-kind, Patrick Stewart and Harrison Ford. (Mr. Stewart gets slightly more precedence than Mr. Ford, by the simple fact that he has portrayed two enormous characters within the geek world, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Professer Charles Xavier.)

While I confess that I’ve never actually read any of the Marvel comics, I am a huge fan of the movies. Or the ones that are actually done right, anyway. (Thank you, Iron Man and Thor, patooie to the original Hulk film and X3.) I’ve considered sitting down and trying to read a few just for the heck of it, so I can actually get the references and inside jokes from the movies, but I’ve just gotten so used to manga, I can’t really get into any other art style. Sad, I know. I’ve gotten spoiled, I suppose.

You know you’re a manga snob when you can spot an “Ameri-manga” immediately and shudder in horror at the mere sight of it. Seriously. The Japanese aren’t trying to take over Marvel/DC Comics and make them their own. Let them have their artwork made of awesome, and you can have your own artwork made of awesome. Stop the madness!

As an artist, I do appreciate the time and talent it takes for both forms of art. A Western-style comic book is just as detailed and takes as much talent as any manga. I just happen to prefer manga. Maybe it’s the art style. Maybe it’s the character development. Maybe it’s the humor. Or maybe it’s the fact that manga guys actually look pretty hot. Who knows?

Hmm. Come to think of it, that explains a lot, actually. *eyebrow waggle*

I guess it’s safe to say that when it comes to my favorite characters, I sort of have a type, eh? You’d think from these guys that I’d totally fall for blondes in real life, but that’s actually not normally the case. Weird.

Go ahead, admit it. You might make fun of us geeks for getting all excited over a good-looking character, but you know that you only watched X-Men because Hugh Jackman was in it.

However, as someone who has fallen so deeply in love with so many characters over the years, be it from a book, movie, TV show, etc., I find myself wondering if people are going to feel the same way about my characters. Will I create that saga that keeps readers chomping at the bit for more? Will they actually cry if I kill off a character? Will they sympathize with the character’s struggles and longings?

Honestly, I’m not sure what makes a good character great. Perhaps it’s being able to relate to their temptations and yearnings, experiencing what they experience, feeling what they feel. I could spend all day listing characters that have touched even my shriveled, black heart. Characters that will live on long after their creators. I suppose in the long run, that’s really all that authors – or geeks – can ask for: That their work will touch new generations year after year and be remembered for the decades to come.

Books vs. Movies: Watching your characters come to life.

These are seriously the cutest things ever. I can imagine an entire purse covered in them. Or a pillow. Or…Well, you get the idea. If I were still in high school my backpack would be the most geeky, 8-bit covered piece of phenomenal to walk the hallways. I would be that proud.

We watched the movie How to Train Your Dragon last night and I really enjoyed it. As if my love of video games and manga didn’t prove what a teen/child I am at heart, I also happen to love cartoons. I still go back and watch the old Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons of my childhood, simply because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I guess it just proves that explosions really do make everything better. (I pretty much base my love of a movie on whether or not it has any explosions or an amazing fight sequence in it. If there’s not at least one of the two, I generally consider it not worth my time, with few exceptions.) Given that I write fantasy, it was probably obvious that I would love a movie about dragons, but you honestly never know. As I watched it, knowing that it was based on a book, I started wondering to myself what it must be like to have your characters literally come to life on screen. I know there are times when the movie can totally botch the storyline, *coughEragoncough* but it still must be something to have your story made into a movie.

Comic book artists must have the same sort of feelings, I would imagine.

Found on slackernetwork.com

Because he’s worth it.

Some movies may be a disappointment, but then you have the absolute awesome of something like Iron Man or Thor to make up for it. Those artists must get the same butterflies and giddy excitement when they see their drawings depicted in real life. It’s motivating. It makes me want to finish my series so that maybe someday my story might get made into a movie.

There are certainly pros and cons to this. Some die-hard book fanatics believe that no movie will ever be as good as the original book, and most of the time I’m inclined to agree. Some movie adaptations have totally sucked the big one. *coughEragoncough* However, as an author I also believe that letting your work be made into a movie also brings about a whole new audience that might not have discovered your story otherwise, particularly in my field. Not every teen out there enjoys reading. For many, it’s a great struggle. But after they watch a movie, they might be more inclined to read the book that it was based on. Anytime a kid or teen gets interested in reading, my heart does a happy dance.

Yay! Read more!

It’s a good feeling to know that coming this October, I can help contribute to that. The series is coming together in my head. There are so many more things that I want to post, but until my book is out there, I feel they won’t quite make sense.

October can’t come soon enough!