Random Tuesday: Pseudo Trailer Park Friday Plus Web Series, Why Adults Like YA, Questionable X-Men Fashion & More

Due to a downed server, an incompetant consultant and a raging need to eat my weight in cookies, Trailer Park Friday failed to appear last week. Because of my work stress-related absence, today's Random Tuesday will feature a couple of the trailers that would have graced TPF if I could have magically made it appear last Friday without looking at a computer.

First up is the teaser trailer for Vampire Academy, which I didn't realize was a real thing from an actual real major studio. But I guess it is. Haven't read the books, but the teaser trailer made some waves last week and it looks... potentially campy? I'm not sure what my thoughts are on this one. Perhaps vaguely curious disinterest? It's supposed to come out February 14, 2014.

Another trailer of a thing I was unfamiliar with, but in this case the trailer made me go "OMG THIS COULD BE AWESOME I NEED IT!" It's the book trailer for Victoria Schaub's Vicious, which will be released by Tor on September 24. 

Now to your regularly scheduled Random Tuesday.

Yesterday I meant to write a review of Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays, but I posted a contest instead (go enter!). The very condensed version is that it's an incredible book and you should read it when it's released in September. It's already been optioned for a movie, but the most random part about this is that there is a web series prequel that I just stumbled across because TheMarySue.com is awesome. It's an interesting different sort of thing to a book trailer though the acting is a little questionable.

Author Marie Rutkoski hypothesizes on why adults like YA on io9. Eventually I'll write my Thinky Thoughts post about my conundrum of enjoying YA despite being far outside the target demo, but for now, this is a really intriguing read. It also includes the cover reveal for her uncoming book The Winner's Curse.

Nathan Fillion doesn't want to be Batman, so stop pestering the studio people. (EW.com)

A Game of Thrones character has been recast, but the real question is how many kittens are they casting? (Non-spoiler is vague) (TheMarySue.com)

Don't ask me what I think of the first still released from X-Men: Days of Future Past because I really can't put my thoughts into words. (Fashionably Geek)

And finally another random trailer that wouldn't have been part of last week's TPF since it was released yesterday, but I didn't want to hold it until Friday. It's a teaser trailer for something called Stranger by JJ Abrams. Nobody has any idea what it is and it kind of gives me the creeps.

 

Send me random things in the comments! I need more random in my life!

 

Author Blog Tour Guest Post: B.A. Chepaitis, Author of the Jaguar Addams Series

Over the last few week's I've been reviewing the five books in Barbara Chepaitis' Jaguar Addams series in preparation for her tour stops here at Working for the Mandroid. In the first of two stops, Ms. Chepaitis has contributed a guest post regarding writing the series. Tomorrow I will post my review of the most recent book in the series, The Green Memory of Fear, which happens to be the creepiest of the lot.

 

I had the opportunity to take part in a ghost hunting investigation this week. I won’t tell that story here except to say that, um, strange stuff happened, and some of it involved objects being thrown.  At me.

But I bring it up only because it’s an apt metaphor for what I do to write the Fear series.

My protagonist, Jaguar Addams, rehabs the worst criminals by making them face their deepest fears.  She does this mostly through telepathic and empathic contact, diving into their experiences, sharing their darkness, sometimes sharing her own.  She is, in that sense, a ghost hunter, seeking the personal ghosts and skeletons that wounded people keep tucked away in their emotional closets, or in the cobwebby basements of their souls. 

And when I write her stories, I’m hunting those same ghosts, seeking whatever would make someone commit horrible crimes, trying to name the fears and tears that drive us away from our best human impulses and toward what looks like madness. Also seeking what someone would have to do to help those ghosts cross into the light, because Jaguar’s job is about that.

I have the sense this is good in a few ways.  I like to keep the stories fast-paced and entertaining, but I also believe we all want ways to explore and overcome our own ghosts, which are mostly composed of old fears and tears. 

Of course, the equipment I bring to the task is different than what ghost hunters have.  I don’t do EVP or thermal imaging.  In fact, I go in without weapons, bringing only the stories I have of a world that can be equally composed of nightmares and miracles, along with my best ability to translate experience into words.

Fortunately for me, Jaguar loves her work, and will keep on getting into trouble as long as she can.  And I’m more than willing to keep telling her stories because she’s one of my favorite imaginary friends, always amusing or dazzling me, always teaching me something new.

 

Barbara Chepaitis is author of eight published novels and two nonfiction books.  Her most recent novel is The Green Memory of Fear, fifth book in the ‘fear’ series featuring Jaguar Addams.  She is also director of the fiction writing program at Western College of Colorado’s Master’s program in creative writing.

 

Website:  http://www.wildreads.com

Blog: aliterarylunch.blogspot.com

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaguar-Addams-and-the-Fear-Series/135879429815445

 

The Guild's "Game On" Tops iTunes Music Video Chart

After premiering at Comic Con two weeks ago, the official release date for The Guild's newest video, the Bollywood inspired "Game On", finally hit today.  After being available on iTunes for a few hours, it had already topped the music video charts, beating less geeky (and more annoying) like Katy Perry's "California Gurls".

For those of you who don't know, The Guild is a webseries written and starring Felicia Day (from Dr. Horrible's Sing-along-Blog) about gaming and MMORGs.  Last year's "Do You Want to Date My Avatar" music video also became a hit on both YouTube and iTunes.  If you haven't watched The Guild, you can catch up via DVD of the first three seasons, Xbox Live or through their website - http://www.watchtheguild.com/

Long live the geeks!