Raythe says …
Can Anyone Do Better?
That was actually the title of a review someone wrote of yet another gay vampire movie I subjected myself to called Vampires: Brighter in Darkness (and if the title doesn’t cause you to go: wha? when they fight the giant scorpions with their hands you’ll really start to wonder.
No, I’m not kidding. Scorpions. Hands. And they hiss a lot like cats …)
Kat’s already told you about our watch-a-thon of Vampire Boys and its terrible sequel (we literally had to stop watching because it was so painful), but, hope springs eternal for me, I keep looking for something better.
I LOVE VAMPIRES (not a surprise). And I’ve been waiting desperately for a GOOD full-out gay vampire movie/series since I read Interview with a Vampire and watched for every flicker of homoeroticism in the movie version between Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
The thing is, I don’t think I’m alone. I’m actually POSITIVE I’m not alone in being willing to pay good money to watch/own/repeatedly go to the theatre for a GOOD gay vampire movie. Alas, I am still waiting (though at least V:BID actually TRIED to put romance in it, which is the essence of a good vampire story, while VB had me watching through my fingers it was so bad).
When I was contacted by a real, surprisingly big name producer for an option on The Artifact (now called The Bodyguard) I was seriously flattered and doing a happy dance, of course. Who wouldn’t be? This was before I learned how rare it was for options to be actually exercised. But I digress …
After my initial thrill, then I thought about the bad production values of most gay movies. And then I thought: would they even keep it gay? Because I’d been conditioned to think of the stuff I like (and write of course) as fringe, strange, etc. even when all of you prove its not.
When I researched the hell out of options, movie making and the rest, I discovered that the writer is the LAST person to have control of the movie version. And that bothered me even more. If a movie of The Bodyguard was made, what if it was as low quality, poorly acted, poorly adapted, and cringeworthy as the gay movies I’d seen?
I’d totally be embarrassing myself, devaluing the work, and disappointing the fans even though I would have had no control over it.
Raythe Reign allows us to do bigger projects like the manga, the audiobooks, the art, etc. It’s put a lot of people to work doing what they love. But I have this dream of it doing far more.
I want to be able to answer the person who titled their review: Can Anyone Do Better? And answer them: YES, WE CAN, because Raythe Reign members helped make us into a true multi-media company that makes topnotch stories in all mediums, including film.
It might be a completely crazy dream to think we could make a movie, but Raythe Reign was a completely crazy dream when I first started it.
So can you guys recommend any GOOD gay movies (paranormal, please, I am so not a contemporary romance fan)? And tell me what you think makes movie sex HOT and… not cringeworthy. Because if we do this thing, we’re going for the gold.