Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Various Thoughts

I'll be at ALA Midwinter -- San Antonio, leaving next week. So please let me know if you'll be there.

Meg Cabot has me wondering which bestseller has a Mary Sue character. I've been looking at bestseller lists, trying to figure out, what book would Meg read? And does it have a Mary Sue? I've also found Mary Sue type characters in regular fiction, and it drives me nuts. Hm, note to self: longer post later on Mary Sues.)

E. Lockhart is putting together an iMix for an upcoming book. See my earlier post, Beyond the Book, for my thoughts on extending a story beyond the written page. See this related story from the Chicago Tribune about Lost, ABC's hit `Lost' is easy to find, which talks about TV shows extending the story beyond the show itself. Other shows have done similar things (longer post later on Dawson's Creek, Oz & Homicide having an online story) or had book tie ins. But I'm wondering -- is there a change? Is this one story being told in more than one format, rather than the story told in one format with the other stuff being "extra" or "bonus" or noncanon?

Battlestar Galactica's new season has begun.


Chris Barton said...

I'll be at ALA. Still debating whether to buy myself a Day-Glo T-shirt for the occasion, or to save that self-promotional gesture for the year my book actually gets published...

Anonymous said...

regarding Meg Cabot's comment about a Mary Sue character - I was wondering the very same thing!

Liz B said...

Chris, absolutely wear day glo! Because then it will be funny for me to go up to every stange guy and say, are you Chris? And then you can laugh quietly at me. Seriously, its never too soon to start advertising. There will be people at this ALA Midwinter who may not be at the ALA conferences the year the book is published, but who will remember you and hence the book.

Christine, it's killing me trying to guess what book it is. It's just cruel of Meg to tease us this way!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,
Thanks for the link to the Chicago Tribune article about Lost. I think that you might also be interested in an article in this month's Pages Magazine about literary references in Lost (including discussion of a planned book written by a passenger on the plane, which will be published in the real world.