A Woman at War With Herself: The Nun’s Story (1959)

When Sister Celluloid announced this blogathon, I did not have a moment's hesitation about choosing the 1959 film The Nun's Story as my topic. We tend to automatically think of Audrey Hepburn as chic, glamorous, and almost always in a romantic story. It could seem at first glance a very odd bit of miscasting but … Continue reading A Woman at War With Herself: The Nun’s Story (1959)

The Richard Matheson Blogathon Day 1 is Here!

Today is Day 1 of The Richard Matheson blogathon!I am your host today. Tomorrow Rich at Wide Screen World will be your host.I will be gathering all links for this blogathon in this post if you would like to link back and promote your fellow blogathon participants.I will do a more detailed roundup later today. … Continue reading The Richard Matheson Blogathon Day 1 is Here!

So Bad It’s Good Blogathon: The Carpetbaggers (1964)

This post is part of the So Bad it's Good Blogathon, hosted by Taking Up Room and Realweegiemidget Reviews. See the rest of the participants in this event HERE! When I heard about this blogathon topic, I knew right away what my choice would be: the 1964 adaptation of Harold Robbins' potboiler novel The Carpetbaggers. … Continue reading So Bad It’s Good Blogathon: The Carpetbaggers (1964)

The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon is Here!

The Greatest Film I've Never Seen Blogathon has arrived! Bloggers: When your post goes live, leave the URL for your post in the comments section here or under the original announcement post. You may also send it to me via Twitter. My handle is @DebbieVee. I will do daily recaps, but will also collect all … Continue reading The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon is Here!

July is #CleanMovieMonth!

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Announcing #CleanMovieMonth!

PEPS is officially announcing that July is #CleanMovieMonth! Many months are dedicated to celebrating history or bringing awareness. #CleanMovieMonth is dedicated to both. It’s a month-long celebration of Code films, specifically cinema sealed during the Breen era (1934-1954). Frequent PEPS readers know that PEPS is always dedicated to Breen era films. However, during #CleanMovieMonth, we are inviting you to join the celebration, too!

Why is July #CleanMovieMonth?

 The idea of the Motion Picture Production Code was first announced by Martin J. Quigley at a meeting in Chicago in July of 1929, so the Code was really born in July. On July 15, 1934, the Code began to be enforced as the Production Code Administration, with Joseph I. Breen as its leader, was formed. Thus, July is dedicated to celebrating Code films and clean cinema!

How do I participate?

Watch only American films released between July 15, 1934, and…

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The Difference Between Hero And Protagonist

I’m moving this week so don’t have time to write a fresh blog post. I’ve reached into the archives and pulled out this oldie but goodie. See you next week with a new post–assuming I can get everything up and running in time!

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brodySPOILER WARNING FOR JAWS, HARRY POTTER, THE HUNGER GAMES.

The terms “hero” and “protagonist” have become nearly interchangeable. Writers and readers will nearly always refer to major characters in a story as the hero or the heroine.

While every lead character who is a hero or heroine is a protagonist, not every protagonist is a hero or heroine.

I think the events of the past week illustrated the difference in a startling way. When the bombs went off at the finish line at the Boston Marathon, almost the first thing people noticed when the footage ran on TV and the internet was how first responders and a few other individuals immediately ran TOWARDS the site of the explosions.

Almost everyone else—who was still mobile—ran away or walked around in a daze.

If anything makes someone a hero, it’s running towards the danger rather than away from it.

That…

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6 Things You Need To Know About Story Concept

Having a busy weekend, so thought I would reblog this old post. Enjoy!

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1. It matters. It’s the key to selling your story to other people. It’s one of the first things, along with genre and word count, that you’re going to put in a query. It’s the reason why someone is going to buy your book after they pick it up off the shelf or read the blurb online. It’s why blurbs exist–to convey the story’s concept.

2. It has to convey to people what is both unique AND familiar about your story. Humans are funny animals. We like things that are familiar, but have contempt for things that are TOO familiar. We like something unique, but if it’s too weird, we’re often repelled by it. When creating a concept, you need that balance. Sneer all you want at E.L. James’ 50 Shades Of Grey, but if nothing else, it’s a conceptual triumph.

3. Immediately cast out any snobbery you may have…

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Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordeal

This is Part 7 of my series on the hero's journey, or monomyth. 1. The ordeal is the first major confrontation with the main forces of antagonism. After undergoing many tests, forming alliances, figuring out enmities, gaining some respect in the extraordinary world of the adventure, it is time for the hero to experience her … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordeal

The Strong Female Character: I Do Not Think That Means What Some People Think It Means

I recently started watching the new TV series Outlander, based on the popular books by Diana Gabaldon. I have never read the books. The series sounded like something I might enjoy, about a woman who time-travels to 18th Century Scotland.After watching two episodes, I'm already done with it.I see people raving about the show on … Continue reading The Strong Female Character: I Do Not Think That Means What Some People Think It Means

7 Tips For Creating Memorable Characters

Had a mishap in the kitchen this weekend and am nursing a mild burn, so I didn’t get around to writing a blog post. I’m reblogging this oldie. Hope you enjoy!

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1. Don’t become over-dependent on character charts. I’ll be honest. I’m not a fan of character charts. I don’t think a lot of the information on them is necessary for creating (or for a writer “getting a grip” on) characters. No one cares how many freckles or moles your character has, or what the character’s favorite flavor of ice cream is, or that the dog they had when they were growing up was a poodle named Muffy, or what job they had when they were 17, unless a detail like that is critical to the story.

The worst thing about character charts is some people fill them out and think they’re done creating their characters.

If you feel that character charts are helpful, by all means, use them. Just realize when you finish one that you’re not done, you’ve only just begun.

2. That said, details are important.  Without…

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2014 Starts on a Writing High Note: I’m a Project REUTSway Winner x 2 (and a half)!

As mentioned in a previous post, I participated in Project REUTSway, a short story contest held by REUTS Publications. I found out a month ago that I was one of the finalists. Today the winners were announced and TWO out of my three stories were chosen for the anthology! My third story is a runner-up, … Continue reading 2014 Starts on a Writing High Note: I’m a Project REUTSway Winner x 2 (and a half)!

8 Reasons Why Hollywood Should Have Shelved The Lone Ranger Movie

(SIDENOTE: This week is my one-year Blogversary! WordPress informed me on July 1 that I have had this blog for one year, but that was the day I signed up for a blog. My first blog post appeared on July 8, 2012. Thanks to all who have stopped by over the past year!) What does … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Hollywood Should Have Shelved The Lone Ranger Movie