Saturday, November 28, 2009

Avatar--the Atypical Storyline

Jenn here.

Typically, I don't get into Sci-Fi, but the new Avatar movie has both my husband and I intrigued. We both want to go see it. What is it about this movie that has pulled us into a sub-genre that doesn't normally appeal to us? It's the promotion--the presentation.

They didn't just promote the story itself. The creators promoted how they made the movie using new innovative technology that has never been used like this before. They promoted the story behind the story. That--and the awesome graphics. Now we're hooked. We'll definitely be seeing this movie, whether it's in the theater or on DVD.

It's the same way with our stories and our promotion. If we want to appeal to people who may not typically read the kind of stories we write, how can we promote our story? I believe it's through our blogs and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. We give them a glimpse of who we are as authors and as people behind the stories.

A few weeks ago, I made a comment about my job--nothing negative, but in reference to getting off. Someone responded that she assumed I wrote full-time. In a sense, we connected, and she learned something new about me. Sometimes when we feel like we know someone, we're more interested in what they're doing--what they write.

I've seen many interviews of actors and actresses making a movie that didn't appeal to me, but after viewing the personal side of it and all the hard work that went into making it, I then wanted to see the movie. It's the same way with authors. I've read interesting tidbits about an author, what they might have been going through when they wrote a novel or something in their lives that prompted them to write a specific story, and suddenly, I had a desire to read their book.

What specific things have made you want to watch a movie or read a book you wouldn't typically watch or read?


  1. Jenn, I saw the previews for Avatar and really want to see it, too! I don't know why. It' no my norm either.

    I think you're on to something about getting to know about authors and actors. I hadn't ever thought of it that way before. Makes me want to blog more often! :)

  2. Missy, I hope you get a chance to go see it. I'm looking forward to when it comes out.