Thursday, April 24, 2014

Interviewing Soman Chainani, Author of A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES

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CONGRATULATIONS
to Soman Chainani!!!

Last year, Soman broke out with a hit debut novel, 
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL.
Last week, the sequel,
A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES,
finally came out.

IN ONE WEEK, AWWP
IS A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER!!!!!


This screencap is directly from author Soman Chainani and used with permission!

WANT EVEN MORE 
GREAT NEWS!?

Last week, Publishers Weekly listed
A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES
as having one of the 
ALL TIME BEST FIRST LINES
in 2014!!!!

(That line being...
There is an uneasiness that remains after your best friend tries to kill you...)


CONGRATULATIONS ON SO 

MANY AWESOME ACCOMLISHMENTS, 
SOMAN!!!


TO CELEBRATE...

Soman has stopped by with an amazing interview that talks about the current book, teases at next year's finale, AND shares a special deleted scene from A SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL that you've never read before!

ENJOY!!!

~*~

Check out my review of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL and last year's great interview and guest post with Soman!

Look for my review of A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES soon!
I am so excited to sit down and read this one, ahhhhh!!!!
~*~

An interview with 
Soman Chainani



Soman Chainani's first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been on ABA's National Indie Bestseller List for 11 weeks, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. 

As a writer and film director, Soman's films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, and the coveted Shasha Grant, awarded by a jury of international film executives. 

When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Now he loses all the time.

Check out Soman's website and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr!
You can also take an epically awesome quiz to find out 
if you'll be accepted into the School For Good or the School For Evil!


One thing that really sells THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is how you've managed to turn our concepts of "good" and "evil" upside down and examine them from the inside out. Can you tell us a little bit about how you balance the dichotomy between the two?

I’ve never been a fan of labels, because they require the conscious mind to hem things in with a word. Experience itself can’t be labeled Good or Evil, any more than a person can. So I think the trick with this series is that I never actually label a character’s actions in my head. I just make Agatha and Sophie as full and well-rounded and real as I can, and leave it to the audience to decide if they’re Good or Evil. 

Case in point – Agatha is surely the emotional heart of the book, but she makes terrible mistakes. She trusts Sophie far too often, she’s way too submissive to Tedros once she acknowledges her love for him, and she’s often a bit taken with Tedros’ looks over his personality. Some readers will point to this as a flaw in the book or the storytelling. But protagonists don’t have to be perfect, even at the end of a story. They needn’t have learned every possible lesson. In fact, they shouldn’t. Agatha has a long way to go – and I can’t even guarantee she’ll make it to the end of it, let alone emerge a perfect human being.

I was fascinated by the unusual way you chose to "complete" the fairy tale at the conclusion of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. Without spoiling things for everyone, can you talk a little bit about how you had the idea to do something so creative?

I wanted an ending that would feel complete, but raise a million questions for the volumes to follow. At the same time, I wanted an ending we’d never seen before. What’s funny is that the same type of ending is now starting to pop up in other stories – movies, TV shows, etc. – but that’s likely because it is an ending that seems to dovetail with our increasing rejection of pat Happily Ever Afters between princess and prince.

I was shocked when I saw that THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL was the first book in a series because there were no loose ends. Can you spill the beans on what adventure readers will embark on in A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES?

That was the key – to make readers think the story was over, and then make them realize that there were still questions to be answered. Don’t worry – I didn’t manufacture a random villain to draw them back into the world and just have some kind of Pirates of Caribbean-style hijinks against an invented enemy. Book 2 is about digging deeper into who these girls are. 

[SPOILER ALERT} 

Is Agatha truly happy, having left Tedros behind? Is Sophie fully recovered from all the awful things that she did as a witch? You might think the girls have found their happy ending… But all the reasons they haven’t are found within their characters.



Now that A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES is officially out, can you share any tidbits about the third book for voracious readers already raring for more?

It will be MASSIVE in scale, just in terms of its scope and world – because we’ll get a bigger view of the Endless Woods (where Books 1 and Books 2 were all set at school.) Other than that… I’ll have to leave the surprises for October 1, 2015 when the book comes out.

Have you seen any recent fairy tale movie/television adaptations? If yes, which ones and what do you like most about it/them?

I really loved the first 20 minutes of Frozen – dazzling stuff, before it grew more conventional. I recently rewatched Disney’s Sword in the Stone, which is a beautiful adaptation of TH White that rarely gets its due. Sofia Coppola is supposed to direct The Little Mermaid for Universal, so I’m dying of curiosity to see what she does with that (I always secretly wanted her to direct SGE).

What important lesson(s) have your fairytale characters learned that you wish the traditional fairytale version of the character could have learned from?

Lovely question. I think one thing the characters in SGE have learned is that Good and Evil can look like each other so easily. Imagine if Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc. were told that from the beginning? Neither would have ended up in a coffin, waiting for a prince to kiss them.


Play fortune teller: choose one tale, and take us into the future, past where the story ends: does all turn out Happily Ever After? Any unexpected occurrences?

Ohhhh, Bonnie… Let’s just put it this way. Stay tuned for Book 3. I’ll answer your question in spades.


Quickfire Stuff: This or That?


-City of Atlantis or Camelot?

Camelot. So much testosterone, sweat, and posturing. Love it.


-Knight or assassin?

Knight. See above.


-Go about in the Emperor's "new clothes" (i.e. nothing) or wear a smelly, crusty donkeyskin for the rest of your life?

Ha. Thank goodness I work out. Because I’m not wearing a smelly anything for the rest of my life.


Quickfire Stuff: Would You Rather...?


-Be woken up by the Town Musicians of Bremen or a fire-breathing dragon who's just discovered you in her gold hoard?

I’d take chances against the dragon, counting on quickness and wit to get me out with some gold stuffed in my pants.


-Follow a wil-o’-the-wisp or face a troll?

Trolls. You just need to answer a riddle to pass a troll and I’m quite fond of riddles, even if asked to the threat of death.


-Be cursed with 10 curses in a row or be cursed 5 times from now until eternity?

Brilliant. Definitely the 10 in a row. The sooner I get back to life unencumbered the better.


What important lesson(s) have your fairytale characters learned that you wish the traditional fairytale version of the character could have learned from?

Lovely question. I think one thing the characters in SGE have learned is that Good and Evil can look like each other so easily. Imagine if Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc. were told that from the beginning? Neither would have ended up in a coffin, waiting for a prince to kiss them.


What important lesson(s) have your fairytale characters learned that you wish the traditional fairytale version of the character could have learned from?

Lovely question. I think one thing the characters in SGE have learned is that Good and Evil can look like each other so easily. Imagine if Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc. were told that from the beginning? Neither would have ended up in a coffin, waiting for a prince to kiss them.

B O O K   T R A I L E R:




    And now, a super special never-before-seen 
    DELETED SCENE 
    from 
    THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL 
    by Soman Chainani!


    And just for you, Bonnie, here’s a deleted scene from THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL. We had to cut it for pacing, but I loved its bawdiness and miss it sometimes. But I’ll feel better now that it will live here on your blog.
    ~Soman Chainani


    Remarkably enough, Sophie was much further along towards solving the riddle.

    Her first-place rank in Uglification had silenced the hobgoblin taunts and reminded the Nevers they were still dealing with a villain who had vanquished a Golden Goose and beaten all of their Special Talents. Throwing her nervous looks as they slogged to the belfry, the Nevers arrived to find Castor looming over two horned billy goats.

    "This is Biggle," he said, pointing to a white goat with black streaks. "And this is Boggle,” he nodded to a black goat with white streaks. "Your challenge is to make them attack each other!"

    The students stared at Biggle and Boggle, nuzzling each other sweetly as they shared a bale of straw. 

    "They're snuggling," gaped Hort.

    "Forgot that part," said Castor. "They're brothers."

    Everyone tried Castor's Henchmen Training Tactics to make the two brothers fight. Vex tried to ‘command’ them, but animals don’t understand Nevers. Ravan tried to ‘taunt’ them by kicking their hay around, but the goats just took a nap. Hort ‘bribed’ them with a carrot, but Boggle pinned him down while Biggle ate it. Hester 'bullied' them by knocking their heads together, but Biggle spit in her eye and Boggle peed on her foot. Finally the goats had enough of all this and rammed Beezle around the belfry ("Devil's goats!" he screeched).

    "You're the sorriest pack of losers I've ever seen," growled Castor. "And that's sayin' something considering your school ain't produced a winner in two hundred years!"

    Everyone stared at their shoes, shamefaced.

    "Henchmen have to know you're their Master. Then they'll do whatever you ask, even if it means fighting their own blood. Now most creatures respond to a few basic moves --"

    While Castor demonstrated, Sophie tuned out and chewed the School Master's riddle.

    What does a villain never have that a princess cannot do without?

    Her first instinct was "Rumplestiltsken," but that didn't make much sense. "Class" was her second, but there were plenty of villainous queens with good breeding. Villains lacked proper skin care regimes, but that didn't mean they could never have one. Same went with pink dresses and cucumber juice.

    Crap riddle-solver this one is, came a voice.

    Total crap, said another.

    Sophie saw the two goats staring at her. Like the goose, they could apparently hear her thoughts.

    What's the answer, then? Sophie asked.

    What a princess got that a villain don’t? said Biggle. Easy.

    Good bowels, said Boggle.

    When in doubt, poo it out, said Biggle.

    They burst into hoary laughter. Biggle clutched his stomach. Carrot gave me rumbles.

    Then why'd you eat it you tosser, said Boggle.

    Biggle scowled. Should have shoved it up Weasel Boy's --

    Now my tummy's turnin', said Boggle

    What I'd do for Mummy's tea, said Biggle and passed gas noisily.

    When they gonna let us do our business? said Boggle, ripping his own fart.

    Sophie held her nose. Once again, her ability to hear animal thoughts had yielded more trouble than use. Did every 100% Good Princess have to deal with this?

    Evers feed us good, said Boggle.

    Evers are pretty and clean, said Biggle.

    Evers can solve riddles, said Boggle.

    Not like this clown, said Biggle.

    Sophie's chest tightened. Did she put on too much blush?

    Dumb bird ain't ever gonna solve that riddle, said Biggle.

    All that chat of cucumbers and diets, said Boggle.

    Needs an Ever, said Biggle.

    Needs a good poo sounds like, said Boggle.

    The goats collapsed in bleating laughs. Sophie's hands tightened into fists.

    Why we even here, moaned Biggle.

    Numpty Nevers.

    Nosy Nevers. Why we here? Biggle called out.

    Yeah Clownface, yelled Boggle. Why we here?

    Sophie whipped around. Because we're going to kill one of you. And we're trying to decide which one.

    The goats stopped laughing. They looked at each other nervously. Then at Sophie.

    Have you, uh, decided? choked Biggle.

    Sophie nodded.

    Which one? trembled Boggle. 

    Sophie smiled. The weaker one.

    Well I'm stronger! bellowed Biggle.

    No I'm stronger! howled Boggle.

    You lying, stinking --

    And just like that, the two brothers attacked each other, sparking a braying, murderous brawl. As Biggle gouged Boggle's stomach, Boggle bit Biggle's neck, and horns slammed and splintered, Sophie turned around and put her fingers in her ears, finally able to focus on the riddle --

    Only the whole class was staring at her.

    "You made them... fight?" Castor asked, flabbergasted.

    With another first-place rank, Sophie was only a few places from overtaking Hester in the race for Class Captain. Hester sprung into action.

    "How about poison in her food?" she said, as she stomped to her room with Anadil and Dot.

    "She doesn't eat far as I can tell," said Anadil.

    "How about poisoned lipstick?" said Hester.

    "Or Black Widows in her bed?" asked Anadil.

    "They’ll lock us in the Doom Room for weeks!" fretted Dot.

    "I don't care how we do it or how much trouble we get in,” Hester hissed. “I want that snake gone.”

     ~*~
    A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
     Publication date: April 15, 2014
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    SUMMARY:

    In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected. 

    When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed. Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. 

    As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within. 

    Soman Chainani has created a spectacular world that Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin calls, “a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, and humor that will keep you turning pages until the end.”

    B&N Exclusive Pre-Order: A GRIMM WARNING by Chris Colfer

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    Recently, I was wondering when the final book in Chris Colfer's The Land of Stories trilogy was coming out. I didn't get a chance to read the first book, THE WISHING SPELL, until after its sequel, THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS, was already out. At that point, I might as well wait and read all three books close together, right?


    The wait isn't much longer now, either. A GRIMM WARNING comes out on July 8th!!!

    (Erm...and according to Goodreads, it's not a trilogy anymore, either. There's a fourth book coming in 2015. Beyond that, who knows? Better just read it now then!!!)

    When I was looking up information on the final book, I found out that Barnes and Noble is pre-ordering AUTOGRAPHED COPIES of Chris Colfer's A GRIMM WARNING. The pre-order price is currently 35% off retail. You can order on their website or go into a store and do a Ship to Home Order. I personally like doing Ship to Home because it supports my local store and gives them the money, keeping it in the community, but I benefit as well and still get the great online price. As a member, there's also free shipping, so I don't have to worry about putting together a minimum order. (I used this trick a couple of weeks ago, too, when Leigh Bardugo announced that B&N was going to have an exclusive version of RUIN AND RISING. I can't even!!!! That book....!!! I need it. NOW.)

    Anyway, I wanted to share my find with all of my fellow fairy tale lovers during FTF. I've heard absolutely AMAZING THINGS about this trilogy and I'm so eager to read it.


    Plus, Chris Colfer is just crazy talented. He's an actor (Most well-known for his role as Kurt on Glee) and he's a talented writer that doesn't hire anyone to do the dirty work for him. Plus, he has a hand in turning his books into movies now, too (i.e. STRUCK BY LIGHTNING). Is there anything this guy can't do!?


      ~*~
    O F F I C I A   I N F O:

    Title: A GRIMM WARNING
    Author: Chris Colfer
    Release Date: July 8, 2014
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18658940-a-grimm-warning
    SUMMARY:

    Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him--until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. 

    Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council? 

    When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle...or for the secret that will change the twins' lives forever. 

    The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they must bring two worlds together!

    {Mad About Nails} 2014 Fairy Tale-Inspired Nail Polish!

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    &
    I've had quite a few people comment on my nails in the past ask what I was using or wish I'd done a close-up so they could see better, etc., etc., and had a realization: Why not do a feature on nail polish? It's not book-related (Unless you're wearing the new HUNGER GAMES-inspired line from China Glaze, but I'm not even going into how wrong that is...), but it's fun. Plus, if I do this feature, I'll be more likely to re-paint my nails this week and less likely to let them chip their way to the bare bones (which would mean that I could see my nails...and if I see them, I want to bite them!).

    Welcome back to another edition of Mad About Nails!

    It's been a long, long time since I posted anything about nails.
    ...Mostly because winter once again wrecked mine. I haven't even worn any polish in about a month now because I'm using some special nail treatments instead! Next week I think I can start back up, though!

    Even though I'm not wearing any polish, it doesn't mean I haven't been keeping up-to-date with new polish coming out.

    A lot of fantasy is on the horizon, too!

    If you're a fan of gel polish...

    Look no further than the pioneer brand itself, Gelish.
    Right now, they have fairy tales in their eyes!


    Even the display looks magical and classy...and I totally want it!


    Check out these fairy tale-inspired colors:


    Pretty cool, huh?

    Looking Forward to Disney's Maleficent?

    MAC is also collaborating with Disney to create nail polish, lipstick, and more. I just did a post spotlighting it, but take a look at the nail polish:


    If you're a fan of textured polish...or mermaids...or both...

    As soon as I saw an ad in Nails Magazine for China Glaze's new Spring collection featuring mermaids, I knew I wanted every single color. The names are fun, the colors are great, and they're all matte texture!

    Just look at how pretty they look in person:

    These came out in late January/early February. I saw a couple of bottles at my local Sally's Beauty in the clearance bin already, but I also saw a display still out at Ulta recently. So check your local stores and see what you can find!

    (Look at how nice and long my nails were before the winter destroyed them!!!!
    ...and a book by Jacyln Dolamore is making a cameo, whoot!)

    Speaking of mermaid collections, Barry M is rolling out the Aquarium Collection (Check out UK blogger The Naily Mail's awesome coverage!) and Le Chat Nails is coming out with a new gel line entitled Mermaid Treasures. (At least, I think it's just gel. There's an image of a normal polish next to it, so I'm not sure. I'm going to have to do a little research!)



    I don't know about you guys,
    but I'm a sucker for themed nail polishes.
    Even if I don't need them, when they're themed like this, I suddenly do need them.
    Don't you???

    Disney Maleficent Teams Up with Hot Topic and MAC Cosmetics in 2014!

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    MAC Cosmetics x Disney Maleficent


    It's always exciting when beauty lines collaborate with the media to create new, interesting products. Around this time of year, OPI is usually coming out with movie-inspired nail polish. They recently had a new Muppets line, and I was sort of expecting them to come out with a new Amazing Spider-Man line, but haven't heard anything yet. In fact, I even thought OPI would be behind any Maleficent line to come out, since they do a lot with Disney.

    But the line is actually going to be more high-end the way many recent Disney lines have been sold exclusively at Sephora. While the Maleficent line won't be exclusive to any one store, it will be a MAC exclusive!

    Here's a sneak peek at what you'll find when the collection hits stores:



    Hot Topic x Disney Maleficent


    Hot Topic is also in on the action!

    Their website is now selling Maleficent clothing, which will be available in stores soon. If you spend $25 on merchandise from the like, you get a free Maleficent Fashion Necklace with your purchase!

    A lot of the clothing is pretty Gothic looking (It is Hot Topic, after all!), but there's also a lot of ordinary everyday wear, too. Plus, there are socks. I secretly love socks! ^.~


    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Alethea Kontis Rants about Cinderella and How it Inspired Her World Book Night Novel ENCHANTED!

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    Happy World Book Night 2014!

    One of my favorite fairy tales, 
    ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis,
    was chosen as a 2014 title!!!

    Don't know what World Book Night is?
    Check out the website!

    But in brief (Directly from their website):

    World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23 –Shakespeare’s birthday– tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.



    To celebrate the honor, Alethea Kontis has a very special fairy tale rant to share today in honor of this special occasion!

    For those who don't know, Alethea does these AMAZING Fairy Tale Rant videos on YouTube,
    In Which Princess Alethea gives the low-down on fairy tales as originally told by the Grimms, Andrew Lang, Hans Christian Andersen, and others.


    Today, Alethea is ranting about Cinderella and how it inspired ENCHANTED!

    Check it out now:

    YouTube Link


    I've previously reviewed Alethea Kontis' novella BLOOD AND WATER, her debut novel ENCHANTED, and her newest novel, HERO.

    I've also interviewed author Alethea Kontis, and interviewed ENCHANTED cover designer Christine Kettner! Alethea has also written a guest post on "Families in Fiction" for the HERO Blog Tour and written a short story for last year's Splash into Summer event entitled "Well Behaved Mermaids Rarely Make Fairy Tales!"

    Alethea has also filmed a fairy tale rant on Rapunzel for this year's A Week of Rapunzel event!

    ~*~

    New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales. Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013.
    Visit Alethea's websiteYouTube ChannelFacebook, and Twitter!

       ~*~
    O F F I C I A   I N F O:

    Title: ENCHANTED
    Author: Alethea Kontis
    Release Date: Out May 08, 2012
    Publisher: Harcourt Children's
    Received: Received for Review;
    have also read my own finished copy!
    SUMMARY:

    It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

    When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

    The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

    Title: HERO
    Author: Alethea Kontis
    Release Date: Oct. 1, 2013
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    SUMMARY:

    Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. 

    With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. 

    Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" 

    As in ENCHANTED, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.