Deadpool

The Deadpool film is probably the most accurate transition of a character from comic to screen that I’ve seen, and hugely enjoyable and funny.

The only problem I had with it was purely a personal issue with flashbacks. Most of the story is told in flashbacks, which because of the way my mind works makes the actual forward moving story seem slight. But this is just a personal thing, and won’t stop me watching it again when it’s out on DVD.

It also feels right at the rating level it is, and the calls to have a children’s version don’t really make any sense to me. Deadpool’s never really been a children’s character, and a younger skewing version would either be ten minutes long or have to be redone from scratch. You’d have to have the action be far more cartoonish, changing the entire tone of the film, and it wouldn’t be how I see the character.

Early on in his comic history Deadpool evolved into basically a cartoon character transposed into the slightly more realistic comic world. Surrounded by violence that was harmless in a cartoon, from which he’d always heal, it left more of an effect on the world around him.

The film takes this one step further, making the violence that much more real, and visceral, while maintaining Deadpool himself as a cartoon character. Reducing the violence, and other adult content, to a more child-friendly level, feels like it’d rob the film of its character.

Remember, Wolverine: Origins was only PG-13, and look at what happened to Deadpool there (shudder).

Warning: I don’t mean actually go and look at Wolverine: Origins, because I don’t necessarily hate you that much. Just recall it. And if you haven’t seen it, I in no way want to be responsible for inflicting that on you. Go see Deadpool instead. Provided you’re old enough.

Pricing Change

At the beginning of the year I changed the pricing on my eBooks (and forgot to post about it). Most that were $2.99 are now $3.99, and this’ll be the price point for my novel length stuff for the moment (although some series starters may be $0.99 or free).

This is just an experiment to see if it makes any difference, giving an impression of value to the object by the higher price. $3.99 is apparently the new $2.99, and the optimum price point for eBooks. According to some. It’ll probably take more than changing the price to get any traction, but it’s a relatively easy experiment to set up.

And when Smashwords have their Read an eBook week promotion it’ll be easier to put them at 25% ($0.99) rather than 50% ($1.49).

Novellas I’ll probably price at $1.99, and shorter works at $0.99.

You may notice that the pre-order of The Monster in the Mirror, which I mentioned in the previous post, is a novella at $0.99. It’ll rise to $1.99 sometime after the release date (maybe the day after), but I’m planning to price pre-orders slightly lower in the lead up to release. So if you’re interested in it, you can get it half the regular price by pre-ordering.