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A Post About "Creative Ownership"

ROBIN HOOD, a novelization by David B. Coe Today's post can be found at http://www.sfnovelists.com, the group blog on speculative fiction that I maintain along with a group of over one hundred published authors of science fiction and fantasy.  The post is called "ROBIN HOOD and 'Creative Ownership'".  I hope you enjoy it.

And for those of you who are wondering, ROBIN HOOD, my novelization of the Ridley Scott movie, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, will be released next Tuesday, April 27.  The movie is scheduled for release in theaters on May 14.

And for those of you who'd like to try to win a signed copy of the book, there is a contest underway at my website right now.  So visit the site, answer the very simple question on the contests page, and maybe you'll win!


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 23rd, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I hadn't really thought about what goes into writing a tie-in. I don't think I could do it.

I'm really looking forward to the film; Robin Hood has been a love of mine since I was little. Even before I saw the Disney version. ;)

I will be on the lookout for your book, too!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lizziebelle. I'm looking forward to the movie -- there's definitely some cool stuff in the script.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the book.

Actually, was on a flight to San Francisco on the 14th and had a layover in Denver. Looked around the book store and even asked the clerk to look up to see if they had a copy of Robin Hood.

Guess this bookstore also didn't have a time machine... :)

So, I’m starting off with a little self-promotion.

You? Say it ain't so! :)

The over-analyzing caveat...is that because there are what? 7 story ideas (read that somewhere once) and there is some general form that fantasy novels take. i.e. You've discussed the reality within the fantasy where things can be fantastical as long as they fit within the story.

Just my nit-picky point is that (and that doesn't even include editor's and publisher's input) do you really have complete ownership of your stories? Sure, more than a novelization but not 100%...

That'll teach ya to ask for comments! ;)

Have a great weekend, David.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I actually think that ownership comes from character more than anything else, which is why a) writing someone else's characters is so hard, and b) my way into the book at last was through the people I used as POV voices. So, yeah, I think you can own your stories. That's not to say yours isn't a legitimate question. I also think the "There are only 7 story ideas" thing (or whatever the number is) only works if you zoom out form the story so much that you have a bare-bones, one sentence summary. "Boy meets girl, falls in love, loses girl, gets her back." That sort of thing. On that level, yeah I'm sure that every book or movie or play ever made could fit into one category or another. But as soon as you zoom in a little, and get into a detail or two, that homogeneity is exploded.

And, Hey! I don't self-promote THAT much! Not like some people (I'm lookin' at you Sarah Palin....)

Thanks for the comment, H. You have a great weekend, too.
Apr. 24th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Hm, another website to follow. Between this and Magical Words, I feel as if I'm taking an advanced course in writing for my genre. Thanks!
Apr. 25th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Glad you're finding the sites helpful! Let us know if you find a place that will give you credit for reading our sites; maybe they'll pay us.... ;)
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Baha. Probably not, but if my WIP becomes a published bestseller and we should ever meet at a conference or convention, I'll be sure to buy you a drink. :)

Now if only my keyboard would stop dropping random letters, I would stop feeling so unintentionally stupid. The above sentence alone almost sounded very, very bad. *facepalm*
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