Monday, July 21, 2014

Louis Tully: Ghostbuster?

So you know I have a novella out with Ellora's Cave early next year called Busted!, set at a sci-fi convention, and Ghostbusters is one of many fandoms represented. Oh, you didn't know that? Well, I have a novella coming out, save your pennies.

Today I must hat tip author Jenny Trout for posing this question on Twitter:

A great question, one I'm sure many a fan has debated over time. It's relevant because this year marks the 30th and 25th anniversaries, respectively, of the two Ghostbusters films. In the first outing, Louis Tully is a mousy accountant who keeps locking himself out of his apartment:

In the second one, he's retained by the Ghostbusters as a lawyer/CPA/guy who flirts awkwardly with Jeanine:

Somewhere in the midst of all the mess with Vigo he dons a spare jumpsuit and proton pack and assumes the role of Ghostbuster:

He also steals Jeanine's affections from Egon, but I doubt Egon noticed:

Personally I thought it curious that the boys would have a fifth jumpsuit and pack readily accessible and not under lock and key, considering each one is the equivalent of a nuclear reactor that straps to somebody's back. Heaven forbid it should end up in the wrong hands. That's neither here nor there, though, and I don't have time to watch both movies at present. I do, however, have enough to repeat Jenny's question: Should Louis be considered a bona fide Ghostbuster?

It's important to me to know - I may end up writing a sequel, and I like to be thorough. If you want my opinion, I'll say at best Louis is an honorary one. Some people have argued on Twitter that Louis is no more a Ghostbuster than Winston, or that he is as much a Ghostbuster as Winston. Since Ernie Hudson isn't in the first movie very long, many want to begrudgingly give him status. I like to give Winston's character some credit, though. He did fill out an application, and Ray officially hired him. I imagine if Eddie Murphy had taken the role he'd have gotten more screen time, but we'll never know that.

Louis, I think, just assumed the part without fully knowing what to do or expect. He wasn't much of a lawyer but to his credit attended night school. I like to think if Ghostbusters 3 had happened we'd have seen Louis as a full-on Ghostbuster with his name on the jumpsuit. Again, wishful thinking.

That's just my opinion, anyway. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#SummerReadsHop Blog + Giveaway

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Summer breeeeeeeze, makes me feel fine...

It would if I could feel a breeze. It's hot outside. Damn hot. I could recite the whole line of dialogue from Good Morning, Vietnam but Robin does it so much better. Instead I'm going to shameless plug a book I wrote that I call the anti-everything.

Recently the news covered a young adult novel that Kylie and Whoever Jenner "wrote," though it's rumored neither one actually read it. I found this amusing, not because reality stars amuse me, but because prior to this I published a novel that skewers the world of reality stars, to an extent. Killing the Kordovas is a sarcastic look at one author's struggle to succeed in the face of reality...stars. If you love to hate the people who gym, tan, etc. and make lots of money doing it, you should read this. You'll laugh or cry - I did both.

I want you to read Killing to Kordovas this summer, so I'm giving it away on Amazon today through the 21st. Go to Amazon now and download it! The sale won't last. If you like it, I hope you'll tell a friend and review, then come back here to learn about my first romance with Ellora's Cave - a geek love story.

Okay, I'm done. Live long and prosper.


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Great Love Triangles in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

In my upcoming novella, Busted!, I deal with a love triangle of sorts. It's true, love happens in the most unusual of places - even at a sci-fi convention. I won't delve too much into the story today, but to get you revved up for the book I thought I'd touch on other love triangles that happened in an atypical place - the realm of sci-fi/fantasy.

Yeah, there are romances set in SFF backdrops. However, you don't normally tune in to a favorite sci-fi series to see a romance. Oh, you do? Well, you've come to the right place, because I'm talking about some of my favorites.

Riker/Troi/Worf (Star Trek: the Next Generation) - I don't know if anybody saw the attempt at a Troi/Worf pairing late in the TV show's run, but I certainly didn't disapprove. Worf hadn't enjoyed much luck in the romance department, and the whole flirtation between Troi and Riker's "twin" petered out, so why not get them together? I wished the show had done more to explore the possibilities, but the run ended and the movies brought Troi and Riker back together. Feh. At least those of us siding with Worf have Peter David's book, Triangle: Imzadi II to bring some semblance of closure.

Han Solo/Princess Leia/Prince Isolder (Star Wars expanded universe) - Some of you may be asking, "Wha?" Yeh, Prince Isolder didn't appear in any of the current movies, but was a character in the novel The Courtship of Princess Leia. It's been years since I read it, but IIRC the storyline involved a plan to marry Leia off to this guy for reasons of galactic peace and prosperity or nah, and Han wasn't having it. Of course, you know how it ends, and I doubt Isolder gets any lip service in the new movies.

Egon/Jeanine/Louis (Ghostbusters) - Yeah, it's not really a triangle, but something always bothered me about the two films. In the first, Jeanine is clearly smitten with Egon, and in the second she warms up rather quickly to Louis Tully. Perhaps they're more suited to each other, but you notice the whole Egon/Jeanine didn't get any time in the sequel. I don't think they share scenes in II. So what happened during the five year gap? The cartoon doesn't tell us much, but I see on Wikipedia they added Louis in the fifth season after the sequel came out. Somebody must really have wanted to convince us Jeanine and Tully belonged together.

Dirk/Talia/Kris (Heralds of Valdemar) - One summer I blew through about ten Valdemar novels. If you're looking for a fantasy gateway, pick up this trilogy - Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall. The first one is one of the few books I have read more than once, and I only picked them up because somebody remarked to me she'd heard Mercedes Lackey was a Rush fan and might have modeled Dirk on Geddy Lee. It's possible, but you don't need to know that to like the books.

Now, some of you might want to include some recent YA triangles here (Bella/Edward/Werewolf Guy I Can't Remember; Gale/Katniss/Peeta), and there may be a Doctor Who one or two, but these are the most memorable to me. Hopefully somebody will add Busted! to his/her list.

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