No sir re bobby! It explains everything perfectly. While this book is based on the series it was actually written before the series and just recently published. Like all books and shows they both have their differences.
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Hopefully all those voters will check out the book on which it was based, Angel of Vengeance. While the adventures of Mick St. John provided pretty decent television, it was quite a bit more enjoyable following Mick Angel around the dirty Hollywood streets. John, past, present and future… Mr. Dark: Tell us a bit about how you went from the novel, Angel of Vengeance, to creating a TV show based on the story instead of publishing the novel? Trevor Munson: After working in Hollywood for a while, I decided to take some time away to try my hand at writing novels.
Having gone down a promising, but ultimately dead-end road with a previous unpublished crime novel, I decided the best route to publication for Angel of Vengeance was to return to my Hollywood roots by adapting the finished manuscript into a feature screenplay and work backwards to publishing the novel.
You speak to many of them in the afterword of the novel, but the one that interests me most is the dramatic shift in tone. The book is very solidly a noir tale complete with the lingo, the femme fatale, the gumshoe, but the series had a completely different, modern detective show style. TM: I knew going in that things would have to change in order to create something palatable enough to air on CBS.
From the start, they loved the main character and the vampire world, but they wanted the show to feel more contemporary and elegant as well as have a strong romantic angle.
What Ron and I came up with was, in many ways, a lighter, more romantic version of the dark, noir Los Angeles underbelly I had created in the book, but I was okay with that because I knew no matter what happened or what changed in the course of development and production, I would always be able to refer back to the original vision I created in my novel. How hard was that for you, and has that changed your mind about submitting your creations to Hollywood instead of sticking to literature?
TM: Not gonna lie. It was hard. Hollywood is a tough business, and every triumph seems to come with its share of pain and hardship. The first time around I made the mistake of tying my general daily happiness to whether or not I was having a good day in Hollywood. To date, I can count my good days in Hollywood on two hands, so that should indicate about how happy that worldview made me. When the show came about and I made the decision to come back, I decided it was only worth doing if I had a thicker skin and better perspective on things time around.
The year that followed brought some really great experiences and some really unpleasant ones, all culminating in the cancellation of the series. I love writing writing scripts and watching my characters come to life on screen. TM: Absolutely. From the start I wanted to write two or three novels in the series. Would you keep the literary adventures as different as Angel of Vengeance, or could we see a sort of merging of the TV world and the novel world?
TM: Mostly, I want to keep to the world created in the novel. Which direction do you prefer, and why? TM: I like all three for different reasons.
Writing a novel feels like the truest form of writing. At times I very much enjoy the experience of being the sole creator and writing exactly what I want without the filter of anyone else between me and my audience. Writing a movie is more like writing a blueprint for the final story that is only realized when it is filmed.
Television is a much more structured world and generally just more of a daily grind. Further, writing can be a lonely business, and in television you get to work and interact with a staff of other smart, talented writers. I also very much like that in television a writer gets to see his or her work come to life in a matter of weeks versus the months or years it often takes with features.
All in all, I have to say I like working in all three forms and enjoy the creative flexibility that comes with moving back-and-forth between them as each new project dictates. The variety helps keep things interesting. TM: That honor would have to go to Angel Heart. I saw it as a teenager for the first time, and it was the first movie that ever struck fear into me beyond the duration of its running time.
I remember being really scared as the final credits rolled and the main character takes the elevator downward. The feeling stayed with me for weeks afterward when I thought back on the movie.
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