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Friday, May 05, 2006

Uber Author And Originality

Today's theme is originality ;-). This brocolli and pineapple arrangement reminds me that people see things differently, and that things/words/thoughts can be arranged artistically in various ways and they would look/sound different and original.

For those who are still interested in the Vishwanathan saga, her book, which has been taken off the shelves, is now selling for ***gasp*** $500 on Amazon. Wow! Would you pay that, just to check out the infamous passages?!

I remember when I first learned of the Nora Roberts-Janet Dailey case, I rushed to get all the different books and had a comparison spree that day. But I don't think I'd have gone out and bought the books if they'd been selling for more than the cover price. Would you? Did you compare then, too, if you were one of the romance readers aware of that other big scandal?

My first issue of Premiere magazine arrived yesterday (I was a softie and subscribed when a kid knocked on my door selling 500 lb chocolate boxes and $30 cheapo candles for his school) and there is an article that covers the 25 greatest screenplays of all time, as chosen by the Writers Guild of America. I have put an ASTERISK to the movies I've seen. And three asterisks mean I agree that it's a great screenplay/story, although maybe not the placements:

25. The Wizard of Oz (1939) ***
24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
23. Gone With The Wind (1939)***
22. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)*
21. North by Northwest (1959)*
20. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)***
19. To Kill A Mocking Bird (1962)*
18. On The Waterfront (1954)***
17. Tootsie (1982)* (Me: WHAT--Greatest 25 ever?!)
16. Pulp Fiction (1994)***
15. The Apartment (1960)
14. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)***
13. The Graduate (1967)*
12. Dr. Strangelove (1964)***
11. Butch Cassidy and The Sunshine Kid (1969)*
10. The Godfather Part II (1974)***
9. Some Like It Hot (1959)*
8. Network (1976)*
7. Sunset Boulevard (1950)***
6. Annie Hall (1977)***
5. All About Eve (1950)*** (Me: YES!)
4. Citizen Kane (1941)*** (Me: YES!)
3. Chinatown (1974)*** (Me: YES!)
2. The Godfather (1972)***
1. Casablanca (1942)*** (Me: YES!)

Wow, I've actually seen almost all of the top 25 best movies of all time ;-). I am an old movie buff, though, so no surprise to me. If, however, the list is about the top 25 screenplays of the 90s onwards, I'd be in nope-never-seen-it-land.

Do you agree with the above list? And if so, does it make you want to sit down and write down a list of the 25 Best Romance Books of All Time? ;-) From your perspective, of course. Let's nominate a few and see whether we can make one up for the next few weeks. We'll look at originality, emotional pull, breakthrough factors in its time (such as in Citizen Kane, it was the first time there were camera angles from height to create POV perspective! Yes, yes, it's film student talking here....), and other things that we romance readers like, maybe the first HOTHOTHOT! scene that resonated makes that book in the top 25 for you, or the first "different" take of the genre, etc.

I nominate Rosemary Roger's Sweet Savage Love (1974). It was definitely a breakthrough romance book of its time, politically uncorrect NOW, starting the concept of bodice-rippers. I mean, we romance readers, have been reading with THAT consequence since that book! I barely spoke English when I read this story ;-).

I also nominate Patricia Gardner Evan's Quinn Eisley's War (1993). This skyrocketed SIM as DE LINE for categorical romantic suspense, imho. It has everything, including a kick-ass, yet vulnerable, heroine.

I have others, of course, but hey, YOUR TURN! Give title and year of publication, and if you want to, a very short reason why you feel this book makes it in the top 25 best romance book list for you. I'll cut and paste and put it on the blog tomorrow morning.

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Kathleen Dante said...

Uber Author Needs Glasses

Jenn-girl, that original arrangement uses cauliflower, not broccoli. Broccoli has *green* florets.

Now for nominations ... let's see ...
Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor (1989). I don't know if it was *the* first TT romance to take into account the effects of TT in current-time storyline, but it was the first one I'd read where the hero is reincarnated for his HEA.

J.D. Robb's Naked in Death (1995). Why? Roarke. Enough said. ;>

Anonymous said...

Diana hates being pigeon-holed in romance but I have to nominate OUTLANDER. OUTLANDER is one of the first books that I had to talk about, it was almost crazy how in dominated my thoughts. Also, Jamie is one of the best heroes written.


Anonymous said...

To pick only one is soooooo hard. Since OUTLANDER is alreay mentioned, I would another one of my all time favorites is HUMMINGBIRD by LaVyrle Spencer (first pub. in 1987). The way she makes the characters so alive and real is simply amazing. Like Outlander, I've read this book to many times to count and it never gets boring.

Anonymous said...

OMG. I can't believe you are still touting that stupid Quinn Eisley book. It sucked! Sheesh.

kate said...

Okay, my favorite romance of all times is Iris Johanseon's "Wind Dancer." It's one of her earlier books and, holy freaking crap, the characters are so real and intense and passoniate...and the sex is hot hot hot. Read it! You'll love!

And hey! What happened between Nora and Janet? The new romance generation wants to know. :)

SQ said...

Woohoo! Non-naughty veggie pics. My view of cauliflower, pineapples or lemons shall not be warped. No, do not take that as a challenge.

And ugh to Casablanca. I HATED that movie. Stupid Bogart muttering for over an hour. Spent the entire movie just yelling at him and Rosselini to ENUNCIATE!

My top 5 romance novels are:
1. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard (2000)
Jaine Bright--'nuff said. I want to be just like Jaine when I grow up.

2. Facing Fear by YOU (2004)
Asian heroine! Woohoo!

3. Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens (1998)
Regency romance where the heroine doesn't play stupid and helpless.

4. First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (2000)
Phillips gives us female president. FINALLY! Now if this would only translate to real life...

5. Prince Charming by Julie Garwood (1995)
It's just a feel happy read. Plus, aww...the cute kiddies.

PS said...

Top romances:
1. The Defiant Hero - Suzanne Brockmann
2. Silent Melody - Mary Balogh
3. A Candle in the Window - Christina Dodd
4. Saving Grace - Julie Garwood
5. China Bride - Mary Jo Putney
6. Dark Melody by Christine Feehan
7. A Knight In Shining Armor - Jude Deveraux
8. Mackenzie's Mountain - Linda Howard
9. Stardust of Yesterday - Lynn Kurland
10. All The Queen's Men - Linda Howard

Gennita Low said...

Thank you for giving me your favorite titles!

Kath: LOL. Trust your picky eyes to correct me on veges. I hate eating veges. That's why they should be used for other things than eating.

Anonymous who hates my QUINN,
Ha! I know it's you, Maria, and I know you're wrong because you're thinking of the wrong book. Quinn is the bestest spy evah. Bestest! ;-)

SQ: Oh so it's just naughty veges that hurt your eyes, huh? Hmmm.

All your nominations have been put into today's blog.

Anonymous said...

I am thinking of a story where the hero has tons of angst and went to jail on behalf of his sister - I think she was raped and they didn't want anyone to know or something and so he did that. Is that Quinn?

I may be wrong, but you'll have to find the name of this book to prove it to me!!


Gennita Low said...

You're wrong. Quinn's story has no raped sister in it. READ DA BOOK, ha! No idea which book you're talking about and I can't prove something that isn't true! Go check out Byron or something for raped sister, jailed brother, or something like that.



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