5.31.2012

Dreamcasting & Writing: Everybody, Participate

This is something for the whole blog to participate in.

First, dreamcasting

Some of you are already familiar with the practice of dreamcasting.  It's where you take a show or film or book and replace (often white) characters with actors/singers (often of color) whom you'd prefer to play those characters.  At the Bar and on Ars Marginal, for example there's plenty of dreamcasting going on.

But this game is going to be a bit different. Instead of an established show, film, or book, I want commenters and Narrators to pair up AM & BW actors/singers whom you'd like to see work together in an original story (e.g., whom you would like to see play Jin & Jasmine in Robert Darrien's series?).

Second, writing

I'd like to see more Blasian media, however, the tired, struggling, can-these-two-cultures-work-together meme has got to go.  Obviously, we can work together; we have more than enough historical precedents to show that.  Can we get a new plotline now?  Is that okay?

You're not restricted by genre.  You can go sci-fi/futuristic or out-of-this-world fantastic; you can do gritty, indie, or noir.  You can do historical romance, steampunk, horror, or thriller.  Whatever you can do...do.

I will feature the best-seeming projects in individual posts.

Fashion Tip

The struggling indie actors/singers will get the most consideration.  Pair Rain, Russell Wong, Alicia Keys, or Nia Long up with someone, and I'll probably shrug.  Utilize actors/singers like Edward Hong, TJ Medel, Adrian Zaw, ShaSha Jones, Blair Wingo, or Benita Krista Nall, and you'll have my undivided attention.

Questions?  Comments?  Dirty looks?

32 comments:

  1. The next two novels I'm developing actually has some Blasian themes. Not sure on casting yet but I'll post a synopsis of the plot thread once I have it fleshed out a bit more.

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  2. I have a sci fi/romance? novel stuck in parts on a laptop that being fixed. Honestly, I''m not so sure if its really that romantic and pretty much writers block. *Sigh* If I had to do an off the top dream cast I'd pick Azealia Banks(because she's freaking beautiful)and Lee Byung-hun. When I saw him in I Saw the Devil I was hooked. He'd be a scientist and she'd be an intern at the lab that has to save him from his own creation. Or something like that.

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    1. It doesn't have to be romantic.

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    2. @GM: Lee Byung-hun was so fine in "I Saw the Devil." So damn fine. I couldn't remember his name.

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  3. i'm writing a short of a AM/BW romance with no mention of "can these two cultures get along" BS in it. Huzzahh

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    1. Are you now? I can't wait to see it either.

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    2. Great to hear, and I can't wait! DYING to see fics where people are just together, with none of the tired-old bag of drama.

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    3. @ Eddy

      Can we get some more details, btw?

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  4. Okay so the following is an excerpt from an upcoming novel that I'm working on. Names and details are subject to change:

    "The problem with running from your past is that you can never run far enough."

    Yoshi Takashi had thought he put his past to rest. In a former life, he was Japans most notorious master thief known simply as the Reaper. With the unique abilities to render himself invisible and alter his body mass (go from intangible to virtually unbreakable), he was the best and was virtually unstoppable. However, after running afoul of the Yakuza and the death of his older brother, Yoshi faked his death and relocated to the states. Attending college, he's found a new life and even a new love in one Monique: a poli sci major, outspoken social justice advocate and a volunteer for Congressman Warner's campaign.

    Yoshi's past comes back to haunt him when the local mob with connections to the Yakuza discover his identity, they blackmail him to use his abilities to assassinate Warner at a public rally. If Yoshi refuses, Monique will be their target. With less than 24 hours, Yoshi must figure out a way to save the congressman and protect the woman he loves.

    Action adventure sci-fi/fantasy/comic book style story.


    Cast: I pictured Peter Le (or someone with his look/build) as Yoshi and Telisha Shaw as Monique.


    The plot is very rough but that's what I have in the works.

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    1. That's quite a heart-racer you got there.

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    2. Shout me when that book drops, Neo!

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    3. Indeed...shout it from the rooftops. The Narrative will promote that ish to kingdom come. Peter Le? Telisha Shaw? Say what????

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  5. As always, I'm with Neo.

    Roxy, Ryo, married assassins, independent contractors. That is all I can contribute.

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  6. In order to do my individual features, I'll be needing names & details, people.

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  7. Aww! When I was in 8th grade I wrote this super awesome blasian story. its sci fi though. Think if I rewrite it you would give it a chance? :3

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    1. Also, are you still accepting pictures of cover for ebooks? I wouldn't mind taking some.

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  8. Prompted by this challenge, I've developed an idea (probably won't get to start working on it until after I go up for tenure in Fall 2013). But here goes:

    WWII-era/Historical Romance

    Primary Cast
    Magdalena Santos - Sharon Leal
    Japanese Colonel Moriyoshi Yamaguchi - Ken Watanabe
    Captain Salvador Abcede - Christopher de Leon (Filipino Actor)
    Commander Ernesto Mata - Michael Paul Chan (Chinese American Actor from The Closer, among other things)

    Setting: January 1942 - The Japanese has attacked American military bases in the Negros Oriental Province of the Island in hopes of setting up a central location to fight the Americans while seizing control of other parts of Asia to create The Empire of Japan during WWII.

    Synopsis: Magdalena Santos is from one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Negros Oriental when the Japanese attempt to seize control of the island. She and her family along with several other residents of the province flee to the Kanloan Mountains for safety after having their homes and crops of sugarcane burned down by Japanese soldiers. Now living in a makeshift refugee camp coordinated by Colonel Ernesto Mata from the USAFEE Division, the people are running low on food, drinking water and supplies for shelter. Mata must remain at the camp to prevent a civil war due to a long history of violence encounters between the Cebuano and Negrense ethnic groups. Instead Mata enlists the help of guerilla captain Salvador Abcede to lead small attacks against the Japanese in order to cut their supply lines other islands in the Visayas region and secure food and other essentials. Abcede's challenge is gathering enough men willing to work together with their historical enemies to fight against the Japanese. Abcede is from a Cebuano clan and doesn't speak the Negrense language - Ilonggo. He needs a translator who he can trust won't send him and the fighters into harm's way which only leaves Magdalena who speaks both Ilonggo and Cebuano and seems willing to do whatever she can to avenge her family and retrieve their stolen lands. Reluctant to have a woman, much less a very desirable Negrita woman along for the mission worries Abcede as her beauty can serve as a distraction but with no other option, Magdalena is taught the basics of shooting a gun, using a knife and trekking through the forest.

    By March 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army has full control of the Negros Oriental province but with Emperor Hirohito's orders to seize control over Indonesia, Singapore and other parts of Asia, Colonel Moriyoshi Yamaguchi is ordered to seize full control of the island of Negros to improve coordination of the Japanese Army's supply lines. This is proving to be a difficult task made challenging by the geography and terrain of the island and sporadic guerilla attacks by the Filipinos who refused to surrender even when they were abandoned by MacArthur and the rest of the Americans. Yamaguchi, a seasoned naval pilot is out of his depth commanding ground forces and has no experience with guerilla warfare. His only saving grace is that most of the Filipinos surrendered when the Americans left so the only thorn in his side has been small-arms guerilla fights.

    Magdalena gets separated from Abcede's troops during a fire fight with Yamaguchi's forces and is caught rummaging for food in an abandoned Japanese camp in Canloan City. Yamaguchi considers the capture of Magdalena the lucky break he needed. He would interrogate her to learn the whereabouts and tactics of Abcede so he could get off this godforsaken island but he hadn't banked on falling in love....

    Abcede is determined to get Magdalena back as much as Yamaguchi is determined to keep her. Meanwhile, no one could anticipate the trouble surrounding all three of them as the war in the Pacific theater progresses and new alliances are formed leading to betrayal, accusations of treason and murder.

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    1. Oh no! The evil Japanese again! :(

      One cannot deny that the Japanese Imperial Army committed some heinous crimes during WWII. Like they say, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I'd read this story in a heartbeat as I love history.

      I'd take Yakusho Koji over Ken Watanabe 100% of the time though. ;)

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    2. Seriously...if you scribble it, Middle Child Press just might publish for you.

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  9. Ummm... I'd dreamcast real life people, so this wouldn't work. I'm working on four different novels. Two have unintentional or I should say, DEFAULT Blasian coupling. Summaries forthcoming.

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    1. I'm looking forward to your summaries Hateya!

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    2. @EccentricYoruba,

      Oh no, Miss Young and Brilliant. You absolutely must beta-test these stories BEFORE the summaries come out. :D

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    3. @Hateya

      Oh no, Miss Young and Brilliant. You absolutely must beta-test these stories BEFORE the summaries come out

      <333! I'll be waiting for those summaries. I have a few to share as well but none of them are Blasian, at least not in the mainstream Blasian way.

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    4. I don't even know what "mainstream Blasian way" means and I don't want to. I want to read your work no matter what. Every spare breath I have I'm using to research and write. You'll be called for beta-testing duties soon enough.

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  10. Are you still accepting submissions for Dreamcasting?
    I'd like to do a 'Casino Royale' type story with
    an Asian James Bond and black Vesper Lind.

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