The Last Thing My Editor Wants to Hear

Bloggified by Jake on Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Well, I still can't name names--actually, maybe I can, but I don't want to jinx anything so just to play it safe I won't--but we weighed offers, counteroffers, and counter-counteroffers and finally agreed on a deal that will bring My Teacher is a Superhero to a bookstore near you tentatively in May of 2010, with the sequel hot on its heels in July. The deal is for a four book series, so I'm now at work trying to plot out the overarching story arc.

My plan for the whole series to conclude with a revelation that will completely change everything you've read and cast it in a new light. When trying to think of a way to illustrate what I meant, I think I came up with the worst possible example.

Watch this scene from the conclusion of 1985's Teen Wolf. Michael J. Fox's team has just beat their arch rivals, the team with the guy who's Teen Wolf's bitter nemesis. What makes it so touching is that the Beavers won without Michael J. Fox turning into the Wolf, but instead by using teamwork and a renewed confidence in themselves. To top things off, the sexy blond who only dates the most popular guys homes in on Michael J. Fox, but gets rejected as he expresses his fondness for the mousy brunette who's been his friend all along, but promises to be so much more.

Awww, wasn't that sweet?

Now go back to the 37 second mark and look at the guy at the top of the screen in the red shirt and blue jeans. See how his pants are unzipped and he's exposing either his white underwear or maybe worse? Every time you watch this scene for the rest of your life, you won't think about the valuable life lesson we all learned about being ourselves. You'll think about some extra sitting in a crowd scene eagerly awaiting his chance to jump up and let his junk hang out with the passionate hope the editors wouldn't catch it.

And that's what's going to happen when you read the final book of my series. Not that some guy who's an extra exposes himself--though I might be able to work that in--but that you'll no longer be able to see the first three books in the same way and will reread them with a completely different understanding.

Oh, you know what's a better example? The Prestige! The second time you watch that movie, it's a completely different film because Christian Bale's character is seen in a whole new way and practically every line of his dialogue has a new meaning. Yeah, can we just forget I even said anything about Teen Wolf?

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