Sep 22, 2010
Believe it...or not?
Posted by Mel Teshco
I discovered a passion for paranormal writing relatively late on my road to publication, but my love for the genre hasn’t faded one bit over time. I love reading the world building that goes into any paranormal/fantasy book, love uncovering an author’s vivid imagination. Conversely I hate it when none of that works for me, when it all falls flat or just short of believable.
The same goes for paranormal movies. Actually the idea of this blog all started after watching ‘Fourth Kind’ where a small Alaskan town has experienced the highest number of unsolved disappearances in all of Alaska. Spliced with apparent ‘real’ footage, it makes for a very scary, very believable movie about alien encounters. For me at the time, it was frightening. (I realised this after I picked up stepson from work at midnight, trying hard not to think about said movie!)
To experience such intense emotions in a book (and I’m not talking only fear—though Stephen King does a superb job of that) the author has brought the characters to life...they clearly aren’t 2 dimensional cardboard cut outs. The reader is living through the hero and heroine, experiencing their every up and down moment, feeling every bit of their love and torment.
‘Fourth Kind’ had me questioning —is it possible?—is it real? I felt every bit of Abbey’s trauma, imagining how she must feel, wondering how she coped. The live footage had me wondering too, is this another ‘Blair Witch’ type of movie...? I’ll let you be the judge! LOL
Anyway, all this got me thinking, what makes a book or a movie, real? What movie or book has made you scared, sad, happy, made you cry? And why?