Welcome To Fake Paradise!

This is the personal writing blog for Joana Hill, creative writing major extraordinaire! Here you'll find the random ramblings and occasional writings of a girl obsessed with gay romance and the yaoi manga FAKE. You've been warned.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Purpose behind writing

Since winter vacation started for me, I've been reading a lot more. I recently finished Paranormalcy, a book that's gotten some pretty good ratings. When I was talking to my friend, Ashlie, about it though, I found myself saying that I didn't like part of it. I'm the kind of person that can be fairly forgiving with books, but it just stuck out to me. Whenever the subject of vampires came up, she seemed to be bashing a certain pop culture phenomenon.

If I had to put my finger on it, I'd say that it seemed like a person who was a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer who also hated Twilight was writing it to give the middle finger to sparkly vampires. I'm by no means a Twilight supporter, but this just doesn't seem like a good reason to write a book. I mean, I'm sure there were plenty of other reasons, and when she got past the whole vampire thing it was fine for the most part, but like I said, it stuck out to me.

So what do you think? Do you think it's okay for a book to be obviously written as an answer to another, especially negatively like this?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Writing updates

Artistic License and Fortissimo are both out to beta readers. Fortissimo will of course take a while to edit since it's fresh out of NaNoWriMo and so raw it puts raw meat to shame, but Artistic License will hopefully be ready for ABNA. In the meantime, I'm writing a new novel that I aim to have finished by the end of January. It's called Nowhere Fast. I have it up on two websites: FictionPress, as usual, and a new site called Figment. I will be posting the entire first draft on these two websites and leave it up there while I edit, but if I'm satisfied enough to send it out to literary agents, it'll be coming down when I send out the queries. So if you're curious about my writing beyond my drabbles, feel free to check it out :)