Friday, March 1, 2013

Fab Friday: Janet McLaughlin's GET PSYCHED

Today we've got a special treat for our Honestly YA readers -- a giveaway of Janet McLaughlin's GET PSYCHED, the first in her series to celebrate this month's release of the sequel, PSYCHED OUT. But first she's got a post keeping with our theme of book to movie adaptations. So take it away Janet...

Over the years I’ve read horror stories about how the novel writer loses control of the script. How the book they wrote is not the movie playing itself out on the big screen.

Fortunately, there are exceptions. My favorite is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. This classic recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. I’d just finished reading the book when the movie came out. (Oops! Giving away my age here!) The casting was perfect, the actors exactly as I pictured them.

On a more current note, if you’re name is big enough and you’ve sold millions of books, you can be assured your book will translate into film almost verbatim. Case in point—The HARRY POTTER movies. Screenwriters who adapted the books didn’t dare eliminate any scenes. Millions of young theatergoers made sure of that.

Millions of females-of-all-ages made it clear to the producers of the TWILIGHT Saga that they were not happy with the adaptation of the first book. The rest of the movies were much closer to the books. THE HUNGER GAMES producers seemed to learn from the others’ mistakes. At least I thought it was well done.

So, my question is: What would you do if a producer read your book and wanted to adapt it to the big (or little—let’s not forget TV) screen? Would you jump at the chance, not caring if you didn’t recognize the end product? “Just get my name out there!” Or would you be more cautious and ask for some kind of involvement/approval of the script? Would you even get that kind of consideration? Unless your books sold in the millions, it’s not at all likely.

I would like to think that I would choose the integrity of the story over the exposure and shear joy of seeing my characters come to life. But if I’m being honest, I don’t think I would. I can easily imagine myself sitting in a dark movie theater, so many butterflies floating around in my stomach I’m almost lifted out of my chair, surrounded by my family, watching my name flash across the screen. I figure I could always write a disclaimer later!

But who would play my protagonist? She’d have to have curly red hair, be able to do cheerleading stunts, have visions of future events, and save the day. Okay, she can dye her hair and fake the psychic and brave part. But those cheerleading stunts? There’s no faking them. Oh right. That’s why they have stuntwomen. I wonder if they’d let my granddaughter do them. After all, she was the inspiration behind the cheerleading and she’s pretty awesome. She could dye her hair red. Yep. I have my answer. Show me where to sign!

Janet McLaughlin has been involved in the communication field most of her life as a writer, teacher, and/or editor. She is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Florida Writers Association and is an avid fan of cheerleading competitions, especially those involving her grandchildren. She lives in Florida with her husband Tom. Her other passions involve tennis, traveling, walking and meeting people. GET PSYCHED is her first novel. The second in the series, PSYCHED OUT, premiers this month. You can learn more about Janet on her blog and on Facebook.

And now for the giveaway, a copy of GET PSYCHED, the first book in the series! Entering is easy peasy. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! 
There's more at stake at this year's two-day National Cheerleading Competition than taking first place. Lives will be changed and possibly even lost if 15-year-old Zoey Christopher doesn't take action. She knows she'll need help, but who to trust is the problem. No one knows about Zoey's gift and she wants to keep it that way. Being fifteen is tough enough. Being fifteen and psychic — as Zoey would tell you if she trusted you — really sucks. At practice the night before the competition, Zoey gets a vision about a fellow cheerleader whose life is in danger. Later, she gets more sensory hints: a cheerleader surrounded by smoke and a panicking crowd; a vendor covered in ashes. To further complicate her life, she meets Josh, whose very touch sends her sensory system into overload. Circumstances force Zoey to tell Josh, and her friends Becca and Mike, about her visions. The foursome band together to stop the fire that threatens to destroy the hotel/convention center and the lives of so many of her fellow cheerleaders.

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Kimberly said...

Great post! I think you're right that sometimes we would let them do whatever they wanted to our book (within reason, of course) to see it made into a movie or television series/movie.
I remember Nora Roberts talking once at a conference, and somebody asked her how she felt about a particular book that was made into a television movie. He asked how she felt since they ruined her book. She basically replied that they didn't ruin her book. The book was exactly the same! LOL.
Of course Nora Roberts seems to have a pretty hard skin. I'd probably cry like a baby in front of everyone.
Your book sounds great, and I'll have to get it for my girls (and me, of course.)
Thanks for visiting Honestly YA!

Melissa Landers said...

Thanks for visiting with us, Janet!

Janet McLaughlin said...

Thank you both! And thanks, Kimberly, for wanting to get it for your girls (and you!). :) My daughter's name is Kimberly and her daughter, Lauren, was the inspiration behind the cheer scenes in GET PSYCHED. I followed that child all over the states. I guess you could call me a Cheer Grandmom. :) BTW, Lauren is now a member of the All Girl National Cheerleading team from Indiana University. They've won the National title two years running. :)

Kimberly said...

You must be so proud of Lauren! Congrats to her and her cheerleading team!
I love when inspiration happens because of people you love and admire. That's the best kind! :-)
Good luck with your book and Lauren's team.