Tuesday, March 27, 2012

SOME OF THE PEOPLE, SOME OF THE TIME

Excerpt from an interview I conducted a few months ago, which just got posted:

What’s the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?

It’s not so much one comment, per se, but the many disparate reactions that can be triggered by a single story. My first contemporary romance, Annie’s Wild Ride and, to an extent, its follow up, When a Man Loves a Woman were incredibly polarizing. People either loved the main characters, or detested them. They either understood why they did what they did, or thought it made no sense at all. No one was on the fence.

I found it absolutely fascinating how the same story could engender such conflicting reactions.

When I was at Procter & Gamble Productions, I developed a media property for them, Another World Today, which was an online soap opera where fans got a chance to vote at the end of every episode on where they’d like the story to go next. No matter how obvious a question seemed to be, we never, ever, ever had a landslide poll result. There were always divergent opinions.

It taught me there is no such thing as a story that everybody likes.


Read the entire interview at: http://thestephanieloves.blogspot.com/2012/03/author-alina-adams-interview-and.html

The above is particularly appropriate in light of this Monday's Another World Today poll results. Currently, they stand at:

POLL: Grant belongs with –

Marley 49%

Sarah 50%

What's really interesting is that, at several points yesterday, the percentages were reversed, and they may still reverse yet again. There really is no pleasing all of the people all of the time, though I - and all writers - do try their best!

(In case you're wondering where the missing one percent went above, that's a technical glitch that happens when someone clicks the vote key without choosing an option.)

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