Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Guest post with author Tabitha Vohn

Today I'm handing you all over to the capable hands of author Tabitha Vohn.  Enjoy yourselves!

Actors, Fiction, and Unreality; Confessions of a “Fan”

A guest post by Tabitha Vohn

Let’s face it: we’ve all had wild crushes on celebrities. Admit it; most of us are guilty of the posters tacked to our childhood bedrooms, the “love letters” sent to a fan mail address, maybe even of wearing the ubiquitous t-shirt with the object of our desire staring out at us intently from ironed-on eternity. But if most of us were honest, wouldn’t we have to admit that our infatuations lie not in the actual person but in the characters he or she portrays?

It took me a long time to come to the realization of why I was so wild about certain actors and musicians. Actually, it took me until the dawn of Youtube and the accessibility of online interviews to get a real flavor for some of these celebs I’d been crushing on. One in particular was in this musical that I loved. The character was tragic and heartbreaking and I’m a sucker for the Byronic hero types. But then, to see the same man joking crassly about f-ing another actor onscreen in another film just killed it for me. What a douche! How disappointing.

But then I had to ask myself, why should it be?? Disappointing or disillusioning, I mean. Why is it so easy to transfer the infatuation that we have with a fictional character to the actual person portraying them? Is it because we want to believe that actors are composites of the characters they play, that those qualities that attract us must be buried somewhere inside them, because otherwise, how could they act so convincingly? Or is it because there’s some sort of psychological comfort in feeling that you know all there is to know about that fictional person? Sure, they’re perfect because you got to discover all of their flaws from a safe distance, because you know the beginning, middle, and end of that person, and the rest is left up solely to fantasy; unlike reality, they can never disappoint.

The more that I’ve read about the broken lives of the actors I’ve admired (especially the Old Hollywood alumni), or of the torrid wasteland of existence that seems to encompass all rock stars’ lives, the easier it’s been to let go of the fantasy. It’s been a healthy disillusionment. It’ s made me realize that we-as a society- are so celebrity/fame saturated, yet rarely does anyone take the time to peek behind the curtain and notice who’s turning the wheels. Who spins the dreams? Who sells the fantasies? And to what end?

That being said, when I was approaching this current novel, I was tempted to ask myself-what if? What if you could meet the celebrity who was your first crush, the one you hold in your heart from childhood like you hold a cherished teddy bear? And what if they were exactly who you imagined them to be? What if you had the chance not only to be with them, but to step inside the film that you loved so much and be their character’s love interest? What if all the unreality was suddenly made real?

That’s what Tomorrow Is A Long Time hopes to accomplish. It’ my love note to two actors whose characters are particularly dear to me and to one writer whose stories always strike that tender place in my heart. I hope you’ll read it and enjoy it.

About the author:

Tabitha is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today.

She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.

On Writing, Tabitha says,"I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well."

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