Funny thing happened at the movies yesterday. We took the kids to see the new Shrek (recommended for anyone w/children), and somewhere around the half-way point the film turned into The Dead Don’t Cry (my book). Now, this lasted all of thirty seconds, max, but when I looked over to see my girlfriend’s reaction, her expression told me that she was thinking the same thing…holy crap, it’s Mark’s book.
No, I won’t say which scene it was. But it wasn’t the first time this has happened. I often joke that by the time my book is published, people will reject it for being more derivative science fiction dreck. Do I actually believe that? No. And not just for the sake of my sanity, either. If I see further than others it’s because I sit on the shoulders of giants, and make no mistake, I’m not the only one up here. Every once in a while, we’re going to see the same thing. And that’s OK, because fiction has only so many stories to tell. What’s important is that each be told in a unique, compelling, and honest way. When we write from the heart, we’re following an imprint that is inherently one of a kind, which will show no matter how similar the subject matter. So no, I’m not concerned.
Besides, as my girlfriend put it: “At least the movies have all been massively successful, which means we’re not totally delusional about TDDC’s potential for success.” Gosh, I love that woman 🙂