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Authors Answer 127 – Writing Novels for TV Series and Movies

Many popular TV series and movie series have side stories written by independent authors. Some are official, some aren’t. But would any of us want to write one of these novels?

Question 127 – If you were asked to write a novel for a popular movie or TV series, which would it be and why?

H. Anthe Davis

As I am averse to handling other people’s characters (to the point that I would never write fanfiction, though I certainly read it), I don’t know that I would be comfortable with novelizing anyone else’s material at all.  I’m sure I can do it, but having heard some anecdotes about the process (authors ordered to kill off certain fan-favorite characters in tie-in novels, thus taking a lot of heat from fans), I don’t think I’d be well-suited to it.  I’m also no longer enough of a fan of anything beside books to really feel excited about the prospect.  I’d really just rather do my own thing.

C E Aylett

I’d never think to do that — it’s usually the other way around, isn’t it? Um… dunno, matey! Coo, you’ve stumped me on that one. Maybe Taboo? That’s nice and dark/gritty with lots of criminal behaviour in it — just my style. Or Peeky Blinders. History is often so much about the aristocracy and propriety and I always wonder what went on in the the nooks and crannies in the lower echelons of past society — the whore houses and opium dens, and the bootlegging. Historical fiction is starting to explore those areas more now on TV, which is appealing to me, just wish I’d taken that avenue before it became popular! Ah well, probably missed that boat. Bummer.

Paul B. Spence

I assume you’re asking what I would like to write one for. TV: Stargate, Star Trek TOS, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, any other sci-fi really. Movies: Arrival, Star Trek. Who knows? I’d be willing if I had a certain amount of creative control. I like most sci-fi and fantasy. Does that answer anything?

Eric Wood

I interpret this question to mean that I would write a novel based on the characters of that show or movie using the same theme or setting. With that in mind, after some careful thought I think I would a novel based on a new show called “This Is Us“. It’s based around three siblings and bounces from the present day as adults and the past as they were kids. It’s both funny and touching and it’s what I would want to write.

Jean Davis

Having just made it through the Iron Fist, I’m going to just come out and say the writing was not great on many fronts, action and dialogue being top of my list. If a writer had to step forward to help get that show up to par with the rest of the Marvel shows, I’d raise my hand (along with a lot of other people, I’m sure).

Gregory S. Close

I’m going to go slightly off the reservation and apply this question to a video game, instead of TV or movie.  I would love to write a novelization of Half-Life.  I spent a few years working at the real-life inspiration for Black Mesa (the Los Alamos National Lab) so there’s something personal in there for me along with the great story of inter-dimensional intrusion and government conspiracy mixed in with the mundanity of government contractor work.  I’ve always been surprised that this one never leapt to the big screen – this is a great horror/sci-fi story waiting for a broader audience.

D. T. Nova

Transformers. Sure it’s mostly for kids, but it’s still one of those that is very high in both the amount of existing lore to draw on and the potential for adding new concepts.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

There are a lot of TV shows that I’d love to write a novel of, but the first one that came to my mind was Doctor Who. The main reason is just that I love the series so much, I think it would be a blast to write my own story toward it. In addition to that, though, it just seems like an excellent series for a writer to delve into. It encapsulates such an enormous universe of worlds, creatures, and stories, that there is basically no limit to where you can go and what you can do.

Jay Dee Archer

Without a doubt, I would write novels for Star Trek, especially the original series and The Next Generation. But the more I think about it, Enterprise needs a continuation that takes it to the Romulan Wars. Of course, that’s probably been written. But anyway, Star Trek has been one of my biggest loves in science fiction, and I would love to write for it. I’d like to say it’s been a bit of an inspiration for my writing, too.

How about you?

If you’re an author, what would you like to write novels for? If you’re a reader, do you enjoy reading novels based on TV and movie series? Let us know in the comments section below.

Last Minute Netflix Watching

I almost feel exhausted. I started watching Attack on Titan in early December. It’s a 25 episode anime TV series which aired in Japan in 2013. I found that it was on Netflix, and since I no longer live in Japan, it’s nice to find some easy to access Japanese TV series and movies. There’s actually a lot on Netflix. But I started out with this series.

You see, I’d heard a lot of good things about it, and all the advertising I’d seen when I lived in Japan intrigued me. And then there was a live action movie. I wonder if that will come to Netflix. Anyway, I decided to start out with this TV series, as it seemed very interesting. Let’s just say that I was not disappointed.

But there was a problem. It was slated to be removed from Netflix on January 10th, which is tomorrow. I had to finish it today. As of yesterday morning, I’d watched up to episode 11. That meant I had 14 episodes to watch in two days! And just a few minutes ago at 11:36 pm on January 9th, I finished episode 25. And I am exhausted. I feel relieved, too.

I’ll be doing a full review of the series this week. And I’ll try not to leave a TV series until the last minute again.

Has anyone ever done that?

The Doctor Who Theme

I don’t know why, but I keep watching this video.

Okay, maybe I know why. Nostalgia. In the late 80s and early 90s, I watched Doctor Who on PBS Saturday nights. I started off with the Tom Baker episodes that featured Adric and K-9. It was low budget, but fun. I liked the Fourth Doctor. And then came Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor. I liked him, too.

But the theme song. It’s unusual. And it’s interesting to see how it changed over the years.

If you watch (or watched) Doctor Who, what did you think of the theme? Let me know in the comments below.

Authors Answer 80 – Inspiration From the Screen

Happy Friday the 13th! Unfortunately, our topic isn’t related to that, but there is a movie called Friday the 13th. We’re talking about movies and TV shows this week. Sometimes, we get our inspiration from reading, sometimes from life, but sometimes from movies and TV.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 80 – Are there any TV shows or movies that have influenced your writing?

Gregory S. Close

Basically anything I consume from any media has some sort of influence, positive or negative.  There are lessons to be learned about good and bad storytelling, characters, plot points etc. in anything from My Little Pony to Jessica Jones.  If I had to say what was the biggest single influence, I’d say that Star Wars fits that bill.  I saw it in the theaters when still pretty young, so it had a huge impact on me.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Funny this question comes up, because The Book of Eli was one of my favorite movies and was s big influence on my novel Jasper. It mostly contributed s certain setting and aesthetic. One of the stories I’m working on now might bear some resemblance to a fantasy series with its own highly rated TV show, but it’s actually more inspired by a video game (Dark Souls.)

Eric Wood

I don’t think so. Or at least not consciously. I just write whatever comes to mind. I typically don’t watch movies and TV that are in the same genre as my writing. Sons of Anarchy, Grey’s Anatomy, Blindspot, Game of Thrones and The Voice.

Allen Tiffany

Certainly “Star Trek” and Captain Kirk. Very powerful influences on me not only as a writer but also as an infantry officer in the Army. As to pure storytelling and character development, “Inception” and “Apocalypse Now” are both brilliant. “Inception” is a damn clever story that leaves you both intrigued and curious throughout. “Apocalypse Now” is stunning in every dimension. It is a tightly woven tale thick with symbolism, foreshadowing and complex themes, and it is a case study in presenting a “passive” character.  If you want to see an amazing review of the movie check out this strangely insightful video:

D. T. Nova

Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, despite the fact that I haven’t written much involving space travel, since they were my introduction to some science fiction concepts and the first shows to make me think about a variety of other concepts (science fiction and otherwise).

I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s dialogue too much to think it hasn’t influenced the way I write dialogue to some degree.

The anime Full Metal Panic had a larger influence on my in-progress novel than I consciously realized while writing the first draft. (I haven’t actually read the novels it was based on due to the English translations being incredibly hard to find.)

As far as movies go, Star Wars’s influence is widespread and I’m no exception.

Paul B. Spence

Not that I can think of off-hand. I grew up with classic Star Trek, Space 1999, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. I’m sure those had some effect.

S. R. Carrillo

Not TV shows, but movies, definitely. I’ve always been drawn to darker movies like Donnie Darko and just about any Quentin Tarantino movie ever made haha. Quiet mirth. Caustic smirks. Lots of blood and sexual and murderous tension.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Um…are there any TV shows or movies that haven’t influenced my writing? Haha… Seriously though, I’m the kind of person who comes away from every new show or film (that I enjoyed, of course) with a hundred new ideas. I’ve been influenced by everything from Star Wars, to Buffy, to Doctor Who, to the Avengers, and everything in between. Watching something I love makes me want to write something similar. For instance, around the time that I decided to write Nowhere to Hide I’d been watching a lot of zombie movies with my husband (and subsequently reading several zombie books) and it made me think, “I could totally do this,” so I did!

H. Anthe Davis

I’ve written a few posts on my media influences, but some of my major ones have been Japanese manga and anime — particularly Berserk and Revolutionary Girl Utena.  I’ve always been impressed by how some of those creators can wrap psychological/horror themes in bright candy shells, which slowly dissolve as the story goes on until we’re right in the middle of all the madness.  Also, I started watching this stuff when I was a teen in the 90s, well before CGI could make really good fantastical landscapes/creatures; animation had no such restrictions, so I think I’ve absorbed a lot of the dramatic visuals from anime more than from any Western media.

Jean Davis

The one that comes to mind most is Farscape. I loved the character interactions and the way the different races were handled.

Jay Dee Archer

A lot of space-based science fiction has influenced me. The biggest is Star Trek and all its sequels. I’ve been a fan since the 80s, and I’ve always wanted to develop a universe with many planets. Of course, Ariadne is only on one planet, and little space travel happens, but it’s given me some ideas. For realism, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a big influence. I love realistic science fiction, and it’s what I want to write. Although it’s been years since I watched much anime, I would say that Macross is one show that influenced me, especially the Macross Plus series. But most recently, I watched Walking With Monsters, which is more of a documentary. That’s given me ideas related to worldbuilding, as has the short series Alien Planet.

How about you?

What TV series or movies have influenced you, whether it’s writing or the kind of fiction you like to read? Let us know in the comments below.

What Should I Watch on Netflix?

I have access to Netflix. I didn’t in Japan. I had access to Hulu, but never took advantage of it, except that I watched the original Battlestar Galactica. I could’ve watched the remake, but I didn’t. I wish I had. Netflix doesn’t have it.

Anyway, I do have a very long list of things to watch in my list now, and I’m going to start off with a couple TV series. I’m also going to make short reviews/impressions of each episode on here. So, what should I watch? Vote in this poll:

Also, tell me why you think I should watch what you voted for. But don’t tell me any spoilers! Thanks!

TV News: 2017 Star Trek and Wheel of Time

A couple bits of TV news have popped up recently that I thought may interest a few people.

2017 Star Trek TV series

The new TV series will start filming this fall in Toronto. The first Star Trek TV series to be made in Canada. But I think the biggest news is who is running the show. It’s Bryan Fuller, who was involved in Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Also, Rod Roddenberry will be executive producer with Fuller. With these two working on it, it sounds like it won’t be part of the film reboot. And that’s true. It’s going to be in the prime universe. When? Well, earlier rumours have said between the original series and TNG. Another more recent rumour said fifty years after TNG. But either way, we have a prime universe Star Trek TV series next year!

The Wheel of Time Optioned

It looks like we may get to see The Wheel of Time on TV in the near future. A studio has optioned it for TV and film, which I would suspect be an incredibly long TV series. Robert Jordan’s wife, Harriet McDougal, recently announced this.

What do you think of this news? Let me know in the comments below.

Game of Thrones and Others, Why I Won’t Watch Them… Yet

I heard Game of Thrones is back on TV with new episodes now. I won’t watch it. My mom told me The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was on TV last night. I said I didn’t want to watch it.

Why would I refuse to watch these? I’ll watch The Shannara Chronicles. I’ll watch the Ender’s Game movie. Why will I watch these, but not the others?

The answer is simple: If I’ve read the book, I’ll watch it. If I haven’t read the book, I won’t watch it.

I’ve read up to the third book for A Storm of Ice and Fire, but I don’t really want to watch the TV series until I’ve read more of the books. I’ve only read the first Narnia book, but the Dawn Treader is the third book. I have read Elfstones of Shannara, which the TV series is based on. I have read Ender’s Game.

The reason why I won’t watch the movie or TV series until I’ve read the books is because I don’t want the actors to appear in my imagination. I don’t want the sets to appear in my imagination. I want my mind to create the appearance of the people and places. I don’t want that spoiled.

Do you feel the same? Let me know in the comments below.

Mission Statement – Books, Movies, and TV

This is the first part of the Mission Statement of this blog. This is what you can expect in the coming year and more. And it’s a pretty geeky Mission Statement!

When I started this blog, I wanted to focus on book reviews and my writing. So, I’d like to reiterate that book reviews are a major feature of this blog. However, that’s going to expand to movies and TV. And not just any movies and TV, but science fiction, fantasy, and superhero movies and TV!


I’m going to be doing a few challenges, as well as following very specific themes when reviewing movies. Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Marvel and DC superhero movies
  • Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek (will be done along with the TV series in chronological order)
  • James Bond movies
  • Harry Potter
  • Transformers movies
  • Terminator movies
  • Alien movies
  • Jurassic Park movies
  • Robin Williams movies (my favourite actor, so I should do this)
  • And pretty much any science fiction or fantasy movie I can get my hands on.

Television Series

There are so many TV series I want to watch, and I will do reviews episode by episode. They will be brief, though. Don’t expect me to go into as much detail as I do with books.

  • All Star Trek TV series in chronological order
  • Battlestar Galactica (all series)
  • Doctor Who
  • Firefly
  • Xena
  • Hercules
  • Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis
  • Transformers
  • The Shannara Chronicles
  • The upcoming series based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy
  • Game of Thrones
  • Possibilities: The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond, Earth 2

That’s a lot to watch, isn’t it? There may be more, it just depends on what I find. What are you looking forward to seeing? Any I missed that you think I should watch? Let me know in the comments.

The Shannara Chronicles Character Introductions

New preview videos for The Shannara Chronicles are out! MTV has released character introduction videos. So, here they are.

Manu Bennett as Allanon

Poppy Drayton as Amberle

Ivana Baquero as Eretria

John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine

Austin Butler as Wil

Of course, Eretria and Amberle look great. And I really like John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine. He’s always seemed like a fantasy actor to me. Wil looks to be good, too. But I’ve always wondered about this interpretation of Allanon. He looks nothing like I imagined, and looks nothing like the book description of him. But despite that, I’m very interested in watching this.

Do these videos get you excited about Shannara finally coming to TV?

The Shannara Chronicles First Look

I’ve been reading Terry Brooks’ Shannara series since I was in university. I started only about fifteen years ago, but read through his books in publication order. I started with The Sword of Shannara, which many people say is like Lord of the Rings. However, unlike Lord of the Rings, Shannara resulted in the growth of the fantasy genre. We have Shannara to thank for things like The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire.

Well, MTV is adapting The Elfstones of Shannara into a TV series, which is being filmed in New Zealand. MTV released a video that shows many of the actors and some really beautiful-looking scenery. I love the look of it. Definitely will have this to add to shows I want to buy on DVD in the future.

Take a look at the video.

So, what do you think? Are you excited for this?