Writing Diary, Entry #26
(Alternatively Titled: "On Prequels and Sequels")
There's something about prequels that I just have to love. I suppose I should thank George Lucas for getting the ball rolling with The Phantom Menace, but it wasn't until this year, when I was hit with the double whammy of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and X-men: First Class, that I became not just a fan, but also a believer.
If you want to read my thoughts on X-men: First Class, you can check out my Twelve Things post.
For the same on Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, you'll have to be living in the Philippines and willing to buy a copy of next month's Atlas TV Guide. =P
You might remember my first Spartacus-inspired assignment and the challenge of writing about a show my editor didn't really expect me to watch. (See Writing Diary, Entry #17)
This time around, however, I got a little press kit with a two-episode screener to whet my article on. What a difference it made! It certainly turned me from hired hack into hooked fan!
On the whole, an easy assignment. =)
The very next week, I received a summons from The Midnight Mike himself. Would I, one of his staunch Midnight Warriors, be willing to contribute an 80s Horror-themed guest post to his blog From Midnight, with Love?
Of course I said yes immediately.
And of course I had an awful time coming up with 800 odd words that seemed good enough for his blog.
I really should have guessed that it is actually much harder to write for someone's beloved blog than to write for a professional magazine. You see, the magazine is looking for something that's worth serious money. The amateur blogger is looking for something priceless.
Now all I can do is hope that my review of a Friday the 13th sequel--which happens to be his favourite of the bloody bunch--meets the exemplary standard his readers have come to expect from him . . .
I hope I can count on you all for some comment love both here and at The Mike's place? ;-)
Image Sources: a) Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, b) Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives poster