This is going to be sad news for some and great news for others. I decided that I’m going to remove a good portion of disturbingly gory scenes in the book. There is a good reason for this. I realized that I did a lot of the gory fight scenes in order to draw some attention to the book when it came out. I wanted some controversy to boost sales. But I do not need to become the Quentin Tarantino of…
This is going to be sad news for some and great news for others. I decided that I’m going to remove a good portion of disturbingly gory scenes in the book. There is a good reason for this.
I realized that I did a lot of the gory fight scenes in order to draw some attention to the book when it came out. I wanted some controversy to boost sales. But I do not need to become the Quentin Tarantino of writers in order to gain attention for the book. If my writing is poor, but the book is gory, I’ve failed as a writer. So I want to be paying far more attention to my writing than I have been in the beginning.
Now, will there still be some blood in the books? Yes. Blood plays a key part in the books, for reasons I can’t say without spoiling things. But will I be discussing crushed and sliced bodies and near-cannibalistic scenarios as I did before? Absolutely not. However, the king-slayers, a vampiric race, will still be in the book. There will still be beheadings. But will it be anything close to its previous state of slaughter? No, probably not.
For those thinking I have decided to make a kids book, do not worry. There will be realistic fight scenes. The king-slayers, a vampiric race, will be in the book. There will be beheadings. But will it be anything close to its previous state of slaughter? No, probably not.
If you’re wondering how all these things will be in the book and yet it is not close to its former level of gore… you have absolutely no idea. You just don’t.
It’s not that I’m scared to disturb my readers. But I don’t see the point in doing it unnecessarily. When I want you to be, you will. That is, after all, what makes it dark fantasy. 😉
What do you think of intense blood and gore in Young Adult novels? Do you think or helps or detracts from the realism of the story? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve decided to do an entire blog to my favorite lovely dear child of the night, the vampire. They’re wonderful creatures, really, but heavily misunderstood. In fact, their story is probably one of the saddest things ever.
First of all, a lot of people think that automatically if you are a vampire you must be a blood-drinking death machine. But imagine if a nice old lady became a vampire? Would she then become a maniacal blood drinker? Probably not. In fact, that might be a really sad life for her, I think. Imagine being forced to do awful things like drinking people’s blood to survive. It’s not the greatest life on the planet.
People think, I would love to be a vampire! I can run at crazy speeds, rip things apart with my bare hands, and turn into a bat and fly off into the night! But at the same time, unless you got some crazy, crazy sunblock, it’s at the risk of never again seeing the sun and the unbridled desire to eat any living friends you have left. At this point, does the power make up for it? Does eternal life make up for eternal hunger?
However, after all that boring “vampires are sad” thing, we need to talk about how awesome they can be if they decide to stop being sad about it. Let’s realize that, depending on the lore we’re talking, vampires are also incredibly awesome. They can transform into far more things than bats, especially if they’re Dracula. They can transform into mist, bats, wolves, cats, etc. What a terrifying concept, really, because if they can turn into mist, what stops them from turning into the air around you? What stops one from being there while you’re reading this, right here, right now? Hear him? Of course you can’t.
Also, dark things are fun! At least to me. It’s fun to hang out in the dark, although figuring out a way to be in the day too would be nice. Simply put, the sky is far more interesting at night. To have that beauty to wake up to every night would be wonderful. And as the night goes on, beauty just pours itself out further and further until you’re left breathless. Not that you would need to.
Also, vampires could be super helpful. Imagine someone gets poisoned in the middle of the night. Everyone else may think, “Ew, I don’t wanna drink your blood.” But leave that up to the vampire! They don’t have to worry about dying. They’re already dead. They could easily drink the poison if they had to. And what if this vampire decided to try his/her hand at the good side? Batman has nothing on an immortal. Screw what “Batman vs Dracula” said. (Yes, that is an actual film.)
So who is your favorite vampire? Let me know in the comments!