How many of you have read Vampire Diaries or watch the TV series? I personally have only read the first two books but I live for the weekly show! If you are not familiar with this series, I will try to fill you in as much as possible: Stefan and Damon are brothers and vampires, in love with the same woman, Elena. They live in Mystic Falls where they attend high school and try to live normal lives. They fight off anything that threatens their "quiet" life., like rogue vampires, werewolves, witches,etc Elena is in love with Stefan but harbors a different kind of love for Damon. It gets plenty steamy between those two and with all the kissing close-calls, it's enough to make your heart go pitter-patter! Each week I tune in to see more of the drama that is Damon and Elena!
Now here is why this series, as a book, needs saving. Alloy Entertainment is the actual owner of the Vampire Diaries book series, not L.J. Smith the author, and now they want to make some major changes! The biggest change is the removal of the Damon/Elena storyline as they want more of just Stefan and Elena. They also want less Bonnie in the series, Elena's witch friend. Since L.J. Smith has refused to make these changes, she has been cut from her own book! Alloy wants to use a ghostwriter to continue writing the books and they believe readers will never know the difference!
This is absolutely absurd!! I'd like to refer you another blog, iswimforoceans.com, where you can find out what's going on in more detail with links and a petition to sign to help support L.J. Smith.
"No L.J. Smith = No Book Sales!"
Finding out about what they are doing to L.J. Smith, has just added to the swarm of angry bees already in my bonnet on this issue. With so many books being made into movies, it worries me as much as it excites me. Who wouldn't want to see a beloved book played out on the big screen, hopefully with a few hotties to play some of our favorite characters? The problem is that authors are never allowed to be as involved in major decisions as they should be, like choosing authors, or how the script reads or the overall look of the film.
This cartoon reminded me of the struggle between the larger corporations (Scooby) and the author (mouse) over who should really own the rights to a book. Maybe it's just me, but I believe an author that dedicates their blood, sweat and tears into a novel or a series of novels, should control the fate of that story. If this was the case, maybe Twilight the movies would more closely relate to the books. My bestie and I curse the screenplay writer on that one. If movie makers refuse to listen to the little people, you know, the billions of us that go to the movies and put money in their pockets, then I'd rather take my $10 and buy another book!
One person may not be able to make a change, but together we can be heard.