Saturday, May 22, 2010


Hello All!!! My name is Trakena and I'm a MG/YA writer plugging my way through the obstacle course that is publishing. My goal here is to give you all a taste of my writing world, and the craziness that comes with being a creative being surrounded by people who do not understand you in any way. I hope that my little piece of the Internet can bring a little bit of energy to those who read it. So, here goes.

Today my sister, her boyfriend, and I sat down to watch The Lovely Bones, a movie directed by Peter Jackson, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan. It tells the story of a teenage girl who's raped and murdered by a neighbor and watches her family cope with her loss. It is an amazing story that really takes the participant through a roller coaster ride of emotions as you experience the family's grief and, finally, their acceptance. We were all in here moving from yelling at the screen during dangerous scenes to hiding the glisten of tears in our eyes as we watched the father break down with sadness. All in all, it was a really exceptional movie...and got me thinking on how movies can really impact book sales.

What a lot of regular viewers might not know is that The Lovely Bones is based on a novel written by Alice Sebold, which has received a great deal of praise for its storytelling and writing. Now, I read the first few chapters online when I heard that the movie was coming out. I had every intention on picking it up and finishing the entire thing, because what I did read was phenomenal, but life with its pesky interruptions and constant distractions got in the way of that and I completely forgot.

Now, after seeing the movie, I'm pulled towards rushing to the nearest Barnes and Noble and getting my hands on that story.

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