I love action scenes that books bring to life.
It took many decades before the silver screen could render Lord of the Rings with anything close to the magic and mayhem blobs of ink on a page illustrated on my brain.
But for every Lord of the Rings or Mad Max: Fury Road, Hollywood’s CGI pigout disgorged a vomitarium of eyeball bile – crud like Transformers Age of Extinction or the wholesale displacement of real car crashes by twerked versions of Grand Theft Auto.Worse, when these digitally knit bits obey no laws of physics or mortality, they eliminate the drama of a life and death struggle.
Worse, when these digitally knit bits obey no laws of physics or mortality, they eliminate the drama of a life and death struggle.
An author (with the possible exception of Dan Brown) who inserts such unbelievable sequences would be laughed off his pages.
It’s gratifying to know there are authors like Lee Child whose action scenes still get the adrenaline flowing with a Jack Reacher nose-crushing elbow and this review I came upon of Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey.
The reviewer states plainly the opening sequences roll out like an action packed film where an ice hauler’s crew is zapped “into a throbbing ooze of flesh and machine.”
It’s no secret. I love actions scenes in print. My little brain got awhirling and came up with this idea. Why not invite writers to send me their action scenes – 500 words or less. I’ll post as many good ones as I get on this space or link them to your blogs. on
The No. 1 best action scene wins the 2016 John Matsui Kick ‘Em Where It Hurts prize – basically a mention on this blog + tweets. And as the big retailer’s say: not redeemable for cash.
Please post your action scene on this blog, link it to this blog or email me a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.