I'll Become the Sea: a Romance novel
My wife has written a wonderful novel. It's called I'LL BECOME THE SEA (you can buy it here.)
It's a Romance Novel. Strike that -- it's being marketed as a Romance Novel. And while it does have some traditional elements found in a Romance story, please understand, there's a lot going on in this book, including family violence, urban school decay, Jungian psychology and heavy metal.
I love it for the same reason I love David Goodis and Jim Thompson books: they used pulp crime-novels to write deeply personal stories with existential ideas.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who would like I'll Become the Sea, but they wouldn't necessarily read a Romance novel. Too bad, it's a well-written, deeply personal story that uses the form in a smart way.
It's like my friend Geoff says, it doesn't matter if Alan Moore is a genius, some people just hate comics books. (He said it a lot better, like he's trying to convince someone to read Swamp Thing.) Or it's like how my friend Brian laments the fact that he has friends who love good ensemble comedy performance but refuse to see Return of the Living Dead because they'd never watch a horror movie. (Did I just compare my wife to Dan O'Bannon. You bet I did!)
Me? I love comic books, especially ones that play with the genre and introduce subversive ideas. I love the way bands like Metallica and System of a Down use heavy metal to deal with themes about war, alcoholism and class struggle. I love watching the movie "Q: THE WINGED SERPENT" and seeing Michael Moriarity deliver an Oscar-worthy method performance, in a cheap movie about a dragon terrorizing Manhattan. I love the way Joss Whedon used Buffy the Vampire Slayer to get at the horror of high school and adolescence. Or that Charlie Chaplin made movies like Modern Times and said there wasn't any commentary, it was just slapstick comedy. And look at this 1959 interview where Rod Serling outright lies to Mike Wallace, claiming that his new show "the Twilight Zone" is not designed for social criticism, it's "strictly for entertainment." Wallace agrees and says that Serling has given up on writing "anything important for television."
If you like this sort of stuff, then you should check out my wife's book. Or read her blog. Or follow her on Facebook.
* RECENTLY ADDED: You can read the glowing review from Romantic Times.
Lastly, I love that the book has a kick-ass soundtrack.
I love this writer.