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And the adaptation goes to...

Yes, I freely admit it--I joined half of the known world in watching the Oscars Sunday night. Even spec fic writers are allowed to be pedestrian every now and then. ;) Besides, it's great famous-people-watching. And the tears!

Maybe it's just that I'm jaded, but I'm always surprised to see how emotional the winners get. They're sniffling and choking out words and I'm thinking, heck, it's just a molded lump of gold something-or-other, and a kind of cheesy-looking lump at that. Especially with the acting awards, most of the time it's more about who's most popular, not who gave the best performance, which you'd think would degrade the honour of winning it somewhat.

Yeah, yeah, it's the symbol of the thing.

So what's the symbol of the thing for writers? What would it take to make you weep for joy? Any of us in the genre realms know better than to hope for Pulitzer Prizes and the like (because, of course, everyone knows genre fiction can't be "literary" *coughs*orwellhuxleybradburyatwood*coughs*), and so far I've not yet anyone longing for Hugos and Nebulas. Not that they'd turn them away, y'know, but it's not the sort of thing people seem to lie awake fantasizing about. You imagine your book coming out, and it soars up the best-seller list, the public raving over it, the great reviews rolling in, the calls for interviews, and...

Do we fill in the blank the same way? I'm penciling in "requests for the movie rights". Well then, roll out the red carpet, here we are back at the Oscars again.

It seems sad that many writers's most frequent daydream is seeing their stories on screen. I guess, these days, words are often not enough.

Sometimes you've gotta say to yourself, They're what I have, so I'm going to do all I damn well can with them.




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Mar. 25th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
The NewbEry Medal!
The NewbEry Medal!

The Newbury Medal!

That, to me, would be the equivalent of the Oscar. It’s gold and shiny too! I’m a realist though, and I doubt I’ll ever be in the same room, building, or cityblock as a Newbury Award winning author.

What do I, as an aspiring author, lie awake fantasizing about?

-Colin Farrell?
-A spot on the New York Times bestseller list
-A prime position in the new release section of Barnes & Noble
-A good review

Most importantly,
-A fan letter

I would die a very happy person if I ever received a fan letter.

Oscar, smoshcar, give me the people’s choice award any day!

BTW- I hope you don’t mind that I’ve added you my Friends list. I find your posts to be really inspiring and motivating.

Mar. 26th, 2003 06:07 am (UTC)
Re: The NewbEry Medal!
Ah, well, perhaps I am alone in my screen fetish, then. ;) Though for me it isn't about the awards a movie could win (I just made the Oscar reference to tie it back in with where I'd started), but about the fans, as it is for you. Movies & TV seem to reach a much larger group of people, especially of the YA range. Plus I'm a visual person and I love music, so being able to combine a story with both visuals and sound would be, well, a ton of fun if nothing else. :D

You know, I'd be incredibly honoured to ever win any writing award (Newbury included)--I think it's just that since I don't see them being given out, they're sort of less real. I can't imagine getting one because I don't know how on earth that happens. Heh.

And I certainly don't mind you having Friend-ed me. :) It's great to have people respond to what I'm writing here, and I like to know that someone other than me is getting something out of it. If they weren't, I might as well be keeping a pen-and-paper diary and hiding it in my closet.
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