Friday, March 27, 2015

One Event, Two Possibilities: Two Alternate Timelines used in Two Comedy Shows

Alternate timelines were frequently used in shows for dramatic purposes in science fiction shows.  Star Trek, Eureka, Farscape, and Doctor Who all used alternate timelines, usually resulting in the worst of possibilities that the character must fix.  However, comedy shows mine the concept for humorous purposes, showing what could have happened in each scenario.  Sometimes the ultimate outcome is the same, but the way in which the characters arrived at the ending could be completely different.  Some of the episodes have titles that are references to Sliding Doors, a drama-comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow about a British woman who creates two alternate timelines, one in which she catches the train, one in which she doesn't, and the resulting alternate timelines. 
In Frasier, titled “Sliding Frasiers,” Frasier Crane decides has to decide whether to wear a sweater or a suit to a speed dating service.  In the first scenario, Frasier decides to go with the suit – and doesn’t even get to go.  Instead, a beautiful clumsy woman named Monica bumps into him as he’s leaving and he falls to the ground, spraining his shoulder.  Not wanting to miss in opportunity to spend time with the woman, he forgoes going to the speed dating.  In the second timeline, he goes speed dating and the results are disastrous with a particularly annoying woman.  Frasier comes home dejected.  In the first timeline, he goes to a Valentine’s benefit with Monica, but he lays his affections too thick, and she breaks up with him.  In the second timeline, he is open to a blind date, but it turns out to be the annoying woman he met speed dating.  Both times he drives home alone…only to hear a caller from a recorded previous show tell him she’s available and where she works.  Both cars turn to find her.
In Scrubs, in the more bawdy style that the show is known for a butterfly lands on a lady’s chest and J.D. and Turk staring at it, bump into Nurse Laverne, who was holding drinks.  The janitor decides has to clean up the mess and can’t help Elliot look for a stuffed animal.  Turk needs his lucky do-rag which he left at home, and Carla goes home but returns when Elliot asks for her help and J.D. makes things worse because the maintenance staff all hates him.  A patient that Dr. Cox and J.D. are treating makes them think that he is suffering from a GI bleed, but because J.D. was given the lead, he misses that the patient actually had but later he codes and Turk has to perform surgery without his do-rag.  The patient dies.  J.D. wonders what would have happened if the day played out differently.  In the second timeline, the butterfly lands on the chest of an overweight man.  Turk and J.D., disgusted, turn away and the nurse does not spill her drinks.  The janitor in turn has time to help Elliot.  Carla goes home and does find the do-rag and brings it to Turk.  Elliot goes on her own instead of with J.D. and because the janitor vouches for her with the rest of the maintenance staff she finds the stuffed animal.  J.D. is sent to get a coffee by Dr. Cox, and since he hears doctors talking and tells Cox to order a C-Scan and they catch the real reason the patient died, and Turk goes into surgery with his lucky do-rag…and the patient dies anyway.  J.D. remarks that no matter how much you do, there are certain things you cannot control, but you always wonder, what if things turned out differently. 

                Both shows emphasize how a tiny change can lead to bigger changes, what with Frasier choosing the sweater or the J.D.’s reaction to where the butterfly lands.  What both shows also emphasize is that even with two different timelines, there are circumstances that will make the timelines align again.  Frasier left alone in both timelines, the patient dies in both timelines.  Still, with real life following a singular narrative, we watch this and wonder what if we could have both days and see how each turns out? 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #40

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

40. Chris' mom has a job as florist.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)
39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.

Come back next week for another tidbit!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vlogging as Fictional Dramatic Narrative

                In 2006, YouTube had only been around for about two years.  Due to the ease of use of recording from webcams and uploading videos to the site, many people became video bloggers, or vloggers.  On June 16, 2006, the YouTube channel lonelygirl15 began and dealt with Bree, a teenage girl who initially posted just everyday things about her life.  But on a discussion board about the show in early August 2006, a fan decided to know every single little thing about the show, and other fans joined in the effort.  It was then that some fans noticed some discrepancies in the videos, which led them to believe that the vlogger was a fictional person.  For a short time, everyone was watching the lonelygirl15 videos to determine if they were a real series or just a fictional one.  By late August, lonelygirl15 was said to be a fake by major reporters investigating the story.  While interest from major media faded after that revelation, lonelygirl15 continued for another two years with an ongoing storyline of Bree being caught up in a cult called the Order. 
                While initially set up as real, lonelygirl15’s use of the vlogging format as fictional dramatic narrative opened up new possibilities in dramatic content.  While fourth-wall-breaking has been a staple of movies and TV for years, now there was a justification: these videos were meant to be recorded by someone who knew he or she was recording.  Secondly, the interactivity, whether real or implied, of viewers responding to the videos and the subjects in the videos responding back, gives a closeness not found in other dramatic media.  In other dramatic media, the viewer, while certainly enjoying the product, is removed somewhat from the story.  The use of fictional dramatic vlogging, therefore brings an intimacy with the viewers not found in other more traditional media.
                The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was one of the most well known fictional vlogs that used the format well to tell a complete story, that is, an updated version of Pride and Prejudice.  Lizzie Bennet in the first episode speaks directly to the camera and shows T-Shirt with the opening line from the original book, the T-Shirt in question being given to her by her mother.  Lizzie Bennet acknowledges she is a grad student living at home with her sister Lydia and her mother, who desperately wants to get married.  As an example of the interactivity, “Lizzie Bennet” did Q&A videos where she answered real questions from real fans.  The show ran for 100 videos over several different channels, including one by Lizzie’s sister Lydia and another three which enable the creators to tell stories from Pride and Prejudice that are not directly related to the main character.  After the series ended, the same production team worked on an adaption of Jane Austin’s unfinished novel Sandition, followed by Jane Austin’s Emma.   They are currently working on The March Family Letters, an adaptation of Little Women.
                Another notable fictional vlog updates Much Ado About Nothing to a fictional New Zealand high school, in this universe called Nothing Much To Do.  There are three channels associated with telling the story.  The first two are Nothing Much To Do, which is Beatrice’s site, Benaddicktion, Benedict’s site. Both of the sites have Beatrice and Benedict talking directly to the camera and are frequently joined by their friends, also speaking directly to the camera.  The third channel is Watch Project, which involves minor character Ursula’s attempts at more documentary style videos, which capture more of the action of the group, for example, she takes a video of the costume party that Pedro throws for the character, whereas Beatrice’s and Ben’s videos they do not show the party outright but talk about it in there videos; Watch Project also features amateur detectives Dogberry and Verges in their attempts to sniff out a case.  The show lasted 81 videos across several channels, and the production company Candle Wasters have finished filming a new Kickstarter funded series called Lovely Little Losers, based on Love’s Labor’s Lost.

              The fictional vlogging format, also called vlogseries, is an interesting offshoot of vlogging, using the format to tell a dramatic story from beginning to end.  With adaptations of Jane Austin and William Shakespeare, the format is just beginning.  Hopefully more and more production companies will release dramatic content in the vlogging style, telling more fascinating stories in that style in the future.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #39

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

39. Lydia's dad has a job as a realtor.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.
38. Romance is for Other People Cover (View Here)

Come back next week for another tidbit!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Do the Endings for Part 1 of Movies of Book Franchises Really Work? (SPOILERS!)

Warning!  This blog contains the spoilers of the final movies and books in a series.  You have been warned! 
                When the movie for the final Harry Potter book was announced, the producers said there was too much story they did not want to get rid of in the final book.  This is curious, since quite a bit was taken out of the fifth and longest Harry Potter book in its respective movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  The last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, became Part 1 and Part 2.  This trend did enable the writers, producers and director to keep more of the story in the movies, but it was also looked at a cash-grabbing idea: split the book into two movies, thereby the audience will have to go twice and spend twice in order to see the whole movie.  There’s also the curious case of where to end, because it’s only half the story.  In this blog we will examine the curious endings of the 1st part of the movies based on the books, because it is not the natural place to end.  
               For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Dobby the elf has saved Harry, Hermonie, Ron and some of their friends from Bellatrix Lestrange and the Malfoys at Malfoy Manor.  At the last second, just as they are about to disapparate (sort of an instant transport) away, Bellatrix throws a knife…which hits and kills Dobby.  Dobby dies in Harry’s arms and Harry buries him.  The last scene has Voldemort finding the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand ever.  Things are looking bad for our heroes.  In fact, they quite have their work cut out for them.
                The next franchise that thought it would be a good idea was the Twilight Saga, specifically Breaking Dawn, which was also split into Part 1 and Part 2.  The Twilight Saga books and movies, though popular, also had the unfortunate distinction of not being critically admired, so it makes a stronger case that it was a cash-grabbing move.  In Breaking Dawn, Part 1, Bella has had a difficult pregnancy, due to the fact her baby is half-vampire.  She dies giving birth, but not before her vampire husband Edward bites her to turn her into a vampire in order to save her.  At first, she is thought to be dead.  Jacob, the werewolf also in love with Bella, tries to kill the baby but imprints on the baby; when other werewolfs come to attack, Jacob saves the family from destruction.  The final scene is Bella being healed by the vampire venom and waking up a full vampire.  This one ends on higher note, with Bella, thought to be dead, waking up in the vampire state.  The werewolfs also were driven off.  The danger has passed for now, but more to come in the final installment.
                The Hobbit is the short prequel to the much larger and more expansive Lord of the Rings.  While many were looking forward to the Hobbit, it was then announced the Hobbit would be made into two, and then three movies.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the first movie.  At its ending, Azog, an evil Orc, has chased the dwarfs and Bilbo the Hobbit into the trees.  Thorin the leader charges at Azog but he is knocked down.  Bilbo saves Thorin and then all of the dwarfs are saved by the Eagles.  Now in safety, Gandalf returns and revives Thorin.  Thorin finally accepts Bilbo as a member of the group, when he previously did not.  The final scene is Smaug awakening.   In the Desolation of Smaug, the dwarfs and Bilbo try to rekindle the mountain’s forge, to hopefully bury Smaug in melted gold.  Instead, Smaug escapes the mountain and flies toward Laketown, the village that had helped the group earlier.  Bilbo wonders, “What have I done?”  The first movie felt like a more natural stop, but the conflict between Bilbo and Throin was not in the book.  The second one, which is in the book, is however much more of a cliffhanger and not a natural stopping point for the movie. 
                The Hunger Games franchise also split the final book, Mockingjay, into Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 1 ends with Katniss finding out the one she loves, Peeta, who had been secretly rescued after being under the capitol’s control.  As soon as Peeta sees Katniss, he tries to choke her to death, but someone knocks him out in time.  Katniss finds out Peeta has been mentally conditioned to kill her.  The last scene ends with Peeta in insolation, strapped down as they try to undo his conditioning.  Peeta is saved yes, but his mind is damaged, perhaps forever. 

                The first parts of movie have a difficult time finding a proper ending, because they have no choice but to end in the middle.  Finding a logical stopping point means that many times, it ends when the characters are at their lowest emotionally, such as in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Mockingjay, or just right in the middle of things, as it feels with the Desolation of Smaug.  Breaking Dawn feels like a new beginning, as Bella came back to life, but it still tells only half the story of the book.  Perhaps that is always the first part’s downfall: it only tells half the story, and we are left wanting the rest, leaving the movie unsatisfied.  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Romance is for Other People Front Cover (Tidbit #38)

Hello Everyone!  Here is the front cover!  :)   




Any guesses as to who is who, left to right?  If you like the cover, please share the link with other people.

As you wait for the release date, enjoy the tidbits below!  Another tidbit will be released next Wednesday!   Thank you!

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.
37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #37

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

37. At theater camp, Chris and Lydia had lead roles.

The cover will be revealed in one day, on March 11, 2015!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.
36. Lydia and Chris went to theater camp together.

Come back tomorrow for the cover!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #36

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

36. Lydia and Chris went to the theater camp together.

The cover will be revealed in two days, on March 11, 2015!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
35. The story starts in late September.



Come back Tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

3 Sets of Siblings Headlining Their Own Separate Shows

             In the business of Hollywood, it is rare to become successful.  Many people work years and years in the business and go virtually unknown to many people.  But what is rarer still is to become successful and then watch your brother or sister become as successful as you. But this is what exactly happened to these three sets of siblings.  They each had their own successful headlining show, a show in which each one of the siblings (twins in one of the cases) were the main star and played the main character on the show. 
The first sibling pair is Fred Savage and his brother Ben Savage.  Fred Savage played Kevin Arnold on the nostalgic show The Wonder Years, which ran from 1988 to 1993.  The show told of a normal boy, Kevin, growing up in the late 1960s, a time of great cultural change. Kevin has a gruff father, an upbeat mother a hippie older sister and a brother who torments him.  His best friends are Paul, his smarter, geekier friend, and Winnie, his love interest.  The show was known for being a 30 minute comedy that was made like a drama, with a single camera and tackling serious subjects like the Vietnam War.  Ben Savage starred in Boy Meets World as Corey Matthews, which lasted from 1993 to 2000.  Boy Meets World was a much more traditional sitcom, set in the present, but it also was about a boy growing up and maturing.  Like Wonder Years, Corey had a mom, dad, and a brother and a sister, though the focus of this show was much more on the Corey’s relationship with his best guy friends, loner and orphan Shawn Hunter, and his relationship with his girlfriend Topanga Lawrence.
The second sibling pair is Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel, and their series are quite different from each other, though both use the element of comedy.  Emily Deschanel stars in Bones, a crime drama started in 2005 and is currently in its 10th season.  It is a crime drama (with a healthy dose of comedy) about anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Deschanel), who examines bones brought by FBI agent Seely Booth.  Besides their regular cases, much of the main plot deals with Bones and Booths’ romantic tension.  Zooey Deschanel’s show is a 30-minute comedy, started in 2011 and is currently in its 4th season.  It focuses on a bubbly, offbeat girl who moves in with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston, and the directions each of their lives take. 
The final sibling pair actually isn’t a pair.  In any case, they are twins Tia and Tamera Mowry and their brother, Tahj Mowry.  Tia and Tamera Mowry are play identical twins in the comedy Sister, Sister, which ran from 1994 to 1999.  It focused Tia and her mother Lisa finding out about Tamera and her father Ray, and all four of them deciding to live together.  Like some other twin shows, this one made the twins have opposite personalities: Tia was the smart, mature one while Tamera was the impulsive, irresponsible one.  Tahj Mowry starred as T.J. Henderson in Smart Guy, which ran from 1997 to 1999.  It was about a preteen who is smart enough to start high school.  He has a windowed father, a jock older brother and levelheaded older sister, both of whom attend high school with him.  Both shows were part of The WB’s comedy lineup in the late 1990s. 

These siblings all had remarkable skills individual, enough to headline their own show.  Their siblings’ show sometimes had remarkable similarities and sometime has remarkable differences.  Check out these shows for these fascinating actors and actresses and the engaging roles they play.  

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #35

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

35. The story starts in late September.

I am busy all day tomorrow, so I will back on Monday for the next tidbit!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Come back Monday for the next tidbit!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cover Reveal Next Wednesday 3/11/15!

I can confirm that next Wednesday, March 11, I will reveal the cover for Romance is for Other People!  In the count down to the release, I will continue to do tidbits on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday and the cover will be revealed on Wednesday.  There will be tidbits every Wednesday after the cover reveal.   In the meantime, enjoy the already revealed tidbits below:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.
34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #34

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

34. The play that Chris & Lydia are auditioning for in Ch. 1 is A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Major announcement in next post!

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".
33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.

Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #33

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

33. Chris and Lydia have known each other since they were three years old.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.
32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".

Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #32

Hello Everyone! Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

32. Chris and Lydia's mantra with each other is "Best Friends Forever".

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.
16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.
17. Chris' parents and Lydia's parents are close friends with each other.
18. Chris and Lydia did not dance together before the story starts.
19. Chris and Lydia live next door to each other.
20. Chris character profile: (View Here)
21. Lydia character profile: (View Here)
22. Jeremy character profile (View Here)
23. Amanda character profile (View Here)
24. Both Jeremy and Amanda play on basketball teams.
25. Amanda has a best friend named Katie.
26. Chris's mom has a tense relationship with her sister, Jeremy's mom.
27. There is a fictional movie called Beautiful Disaster.
28. There is a fictional band called Psycho Boyfriend.
29. The main characters attend William Henry Harrison High School.
30. Chris and Lydia live on Hathaway Street.
31. Chris and Lydia live about a mile away from their school.

Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!