Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bad Boys on Celluloid: My Top Five Movie Crushes by Tanith Morse

I have a confession to make. I’m a sucker for bad boys. Always have been. It started when I read Jane Eyre. Mr. Rochester was my first major fictional crush. I mean seriously, I read the entire novel over three feverish nights and couldn’t stop squeeing over how damned perfect he was. It was the start of a lifelong obsession with bad boys and I am always on the lookout for my next "Mr. Rochester" fix.

The hero of my novel Super Dark is Lee Weaver. He’s mad, bad and dangerous to know. He’s also sexy as hell and will do anything to protect his girl. He has all the qualities I look for in a bad boy, and yes, writing him was a bit of wish fulfilment on my part *sighs*. I love stories with dark, tortured heroes who are borderline obsessive about the women they love. My current fictional crush is Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox from Beautiful Disaster, but that’s a story for another day, lol!

Right, where was I? Oh yes. Here are my top five movie crushes and why:

  1. Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands – Johnny is the ultimate gothic hero and his portrayal of Edward in this 1990 movie is sublime. Okay, so for most of the movie he’s a complete sweetheart, but he does go a bit crazy towards end when the bad guys try to take Winona from him. The ending is a killer and I never fail to cry my heart out.
  2. Gary Oldman as Bram Stoker’s Dracula - In this 1993 movie, Gary’s portrayal of Dracula as a fallen angel was an utter revelation. He completely reinvented the count as a romantic hero and paved the way for future vampire films such as Twilight. For the first time the audience actually sympathized with Dracula’s plight and we rooted for his romance with Mina to work out. Great movie, wonderful cast. Highly recommended.
  3. Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club – This film just blew my mind back in 1999. Wonderful performances all round but Brad Pitt is on another level. His portrayal of Tyler Durden set a whole new precedent for bad boys and spawned a whole generation of copycats dressed in leather jackets, Hawaiian tops and sunglasses. Fight Club is in my top ten best movies of all time.
  4. James Dean as Jim Stark in A Rebel Without a Cause – James Dean is the original bad boy and this 1955 movie has it all – romance, teen angst and a whopper of a performance from Dean as the voice of dissatisfied youth. I’m so sad this was his last film.
  5. John Travolta as Danny Zuko in Grease – Everyone’s favourite hip shaker is still one of the most iconic bad boys ever. The ending where John Travolta and Olivia Newton John sing You’re the One That I Want is just amazing and the chemistry between them is off the hook. Grease is easily one of my favourite films Olivia’s good girl gone bad makeover has since been copied in countless teen movies. An absolute classic!
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Super Dark
The Super Dark Trilogy Book One
Tanith Morse

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Little Willow

Number of pages: 256
Word Count: 83,000 Words

Cover Artist: Tanith Morse

Book Description:

For fans of Stephenie Meyer comes a chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page. Super Dark is a tale of passion, guilt and redemption with a whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees twist!

Darkness stalks seventeen-year-old Sam Harper. Ten years ago on Halloween night, grotesque creatures snatched her best friend Elliot and Sam narrowly escaped with her life. Now a decade on, the police investigation has ground to a halt and Elliot's whereabouts remains a mystery.

Traumatized by her ordeal, Sam finds it hard to make friends. She is mistrustful of authority and changed schools more times than she cares to remember. To her, the world is cruel and unforgiving.

Then she meets the enigmatic Lee Weaver. With his gorgeous face and magnetic presence, he turns heads wherever he goes. Sam has never wanted anyone as much as she wants Lee, but there are things about the alluring stranger that don't add up, leading Sam to ask unsettling questions about her past. Soon she discovers the boy of her dreams is keeping a terrible secret: one that threatens to destroy everything Sam holds dear.

Super Dark is a seductive love story that will keep you guessing right until the final page.

About the Author:

Tanith Morse grew up in Wandsworth, south London. From a young age she developed a great love of horror films and gothic romances. Her favorite director is Tim Burton and her favorite authors include Charlotte Bronte, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins. When she isn’t writing, Tanith enjoys directing short films for the festival circuit and looking after her cat, Mambo. An avid tea drinker, Tanith can be found hanging out in cozy London cafes in search of new brews to tease her taste buds. Super Dark is her first YA novel.