I hope you’re out there enjoying Memorial Day and keeping those that gave the ultimate sacrifice are in your thoughts.
After last week’s reveal of the cover of Garrison Chase’s next adventure, I have another surprise for you today: Chasing Betty is getting a makeover!
This update was necessary, in order to provide continuity to the Garrison Chase series. And it will help you, dear reader, going forward. The first three novels will be tied together and share a similar color scheme. Books 4-6 will also share ties and have a synchronous color scheme as well (but different from the first three novels).
This cover will be available to pre-order soon and be available June 29th, the date of Chasing Blue Blood‘s launch. I do have some copies of the original Chasing Betty cover, which will be hereby known as the First Edition.
I’m excited to share these exciting changes with you, and if you want to be the first to know these changes, sign up for my newsletter!
I am pleased to announce that Chasing Blue Blood, book two in the Garrison Chase series, will be released on June 29th!
To celebrate, I will have copies for sale that I’ll be signing that night at Hippie Girl Collection, 1600 West Philadelphia Street, rear, York, PA 17404. Time TBA.
If you can’t make it that night, not only will I have additional signings, but I will also have the book available on my website in addition to Amazon.
In the coming days, I will be revealing the cover right here as well. But if you sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page, not only will you get to see the cover first, BUT you will have the opportunity to pre-order the book days before anyone else.
So what is the book about? Here is the blurb:
Private eye Garrison Chase can’t catch a break. After serving time in jail, he returns home with Carrie Page to reconnect with his loved ones. When Carrie suddenly disappears on a top-secret mission, Chase’s world is turned upside down once again.
Desperate to find her, he’s forced to team up with Agent Shaw, Carrie’s former boss and a man with his own agenda. Together, they follow a trail of clues that takes them from one city to the next, where danger lurks at every turn.
Racing against the clock to unravel the mystery of Carrie’s disappearance, Chase and Shaw discover a web of deceit threatening to consume them both. With their lives on the line, they must navigate treacherous waters and stay one step ahead of their powerful enemies if they hope to find Carrie.
A pulse-pounding thriller from start to finish, Chasing Blue Blood will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
I am very excited to share Garrison Chase’s next adventure with you!
Film adaptations of popular (and not-so-popular) literature are as old as the art form itself. Many of us love to see our favorite books on the silver screen (or the boob tube, which seems more likely in 2023), if only to be able to say “the book was better”.
In this blog series, I will take on my favorite adaptations of classical literature. For the first installment, I will compare adaptations of my favorite novel: The Three Musketeers.
Written my Alexandre Dumas, pere, The Three Musketeers, has been adapted over FIFTY TIMES, with two more coming out this year – one a direct-to-streaming film with James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones) as Cardinal Richelieu. The other is the first in a three-part tale in French, starring Eva Green (Vesper is Casino Royale) as Milady and Vincent Cassel as Athos – I need to see them both!
I have not seen all 50+, unfortunately, but I will compare the ones I have.
1993 FILM (DISNEY/TOUCHSTONE PICTURES
This is the first Musketeers adaptation I ever saw and I have special feelings toward it. Not the best version, for sure, but very entertaining. The story is changed a good bit here: no Planchet, D’artagnan’s father is dead and goes to Paris as much to join the Musketeers as to escape the brother of his last lover (a short subplot that is funny but doesn’t detract from the main story).
I think this is Tim Curry’s best role (blasphemous to some, I know). As Cardinal Richelieu, he just chews up scenery and is menacing when he needs to be. A well-rounded villain.
Michael Wincott, a fantastic character actor, is the best Rochefort. I go back and forth whether he’s the best at swordfighting, but he does a damn good job in this film.
Oliver Platt is having the time of his life playing Porthos here.
I like the soundtrack as well, and during my pre-teen years, I had the single All for Love on cassette, trying to get girls with it (failed miserably there).
While it is not the best version, I believe it captures the spirit of adventure in the book more than any other adaptation of the tale. All in all, a fun film.
2011 (SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT/CONSTATIN FILM)
The Steampunk version! Airships, gatling guns and scuba gear! I enjoyed this unique take. This one is a bit closer to the novel. It was directed by Paul WS Anderson, the video game director (a lot of his film work adapts video games, like Resident Evil). Like most of his films, he cast his wife, Milla Jovovich. She played Milady and was one of the better actors in the film, for a change. The other was Athos, played by Matthew McFayden (Tom Womsgams in Succession). Orlando Bloom tears it up as the Duke of Buckingham and King Louis and Queen Anne were not only well-cast, but charming and shared chemistry.
The biggest issue I had was casting. Planchet was here, comically played well by James Corden. Porthos and Aramis were fine. But the villains were bad. Christoph Waltz, as Richelieu, was not very good in this. He played the role more understated, but it didn’t work.
Rochefort was lifeless, a surprise, given Mads Mikkelsen played him. The man shows little emotion normally and here it really didn’t work.
Logan Lerman may be a good man, but he’s not a great actor. And he was horribly miscast in this film. He has the physical chops for the role, but when interacting with the king and Constance, he’s more a DudeBro than leading man.
An okay addition to the D’artagnan oeuvre, mainly for the Steampunk elements.
This is the version that stars Gene Kelly AND serves as Angela Lansbury’s first film role, as Queen Anne of Austria. Lana Turner also starred as Milady De Winter and did a phenomenal job, and I’d expect no less.
The fight choreography is dance-based, and watching it makes it abundantly clear that Kelly is an extremely talented dancer. It was so well done, it was nominated for an Oscar that year.
This version is, in my opinion, the closest version to the novel, and it’s one of the shortest run times. It may not be as exciting by today’s standards, but it’s closest in story to the novel and deserves recognition.
1973/1974 (20th CENTURY FOX)
This is my pick for the best adaptation of the story. Full of stars both in front of, and behind the camera, with fight scenes I consider most realistic, this is the one of the adaptations that is close to the original source material (but not the closest).
It also adds a bit more humor than other films.
Produced by Ilya Salkind, who helped usher in comic book films with Superman the Movie 5 years later, The film was originally intended to be an epic which ran for three hours including an intermission, but during production, it was determined the film could not make its announced release date in that form, so a decision was made to split the longer film into two shorter features, the second part becoming 1974’s The Four Musketeers. Many of the actors didn’t find out about this until the film’s premiere, and the Screen Actors Guild subsequently introduced “Salkind clause” (named after the producers) which stipulates that single productions cannot be split into film instalments without prior contractual agreement.
All the actors are perfectly cast. It took me two viewings to get used to Charlton Heston as Richelieu, but he is perfect for this version of the story. Christopher Lee makes Rochefort a good sidekick and all of the Musketeers are at the top of their game. Raquel Welch was a star on the rise as evidenced by her performance and Golden Globe win.
I feel this is the best cinematic version of the story that we have, but I do take umbrage with the way Constance meets her fate – much more humor than there should be, in my opinion. I also think, due to the times, the romance was tempered a bit. But a classic version of a classic tale makes it the top choice for adaptations to me.
Do you have a favorite film version of Three Musketeers? What is the film adaptation of your favorite book that you like the most? Let me know in the comments below!
A lot of people bemoan the surge, worried that it will replace creative individuals and their endeavors. There’s even to talk of or just losing our work to AI. It’s faster and cheaper and can give you what you want.
There are arguments against this, such as AI incoporating copyrighted work into whatever creates. And I stayed earlier from their orders they will replace creative people, especially by companies who want something fast and as cheap as possible. It’s the first step in skynet taking over humanity.
(It’s funny because, to me, movies like Terminator which creates kind of end up inspiring people to create robots and AI. But that’s a subject for another blog post).
I don’t see it that way at all. For starters, a machine cannot replicate a humans creativity or our ability to see deeper and bring out their experiences into work they create.
Secondly, it’s like a computer and software on that computer – it’s a tool. ChatGPT can help you by creating an outline based on an idea allowing you to expand a plot, or fill in holes or gaps. For filmmakers and authors, like in the James Bond or above, he can help give a potential agent or buyer a visual idea of what you have in mind. I see you being a perfect accompaniment to a pitch.
It’s not without its flaws, sure, but at the end of the day, I see it enhancing our work, not replacing it.