SUPERNATURAL Meets CAL LEANDROS via DVD!03 Oct 2011, Posted by Blog, Books, News, Rob Thurman's Twitter, The Cal Leandros Novels in
First, not as exciting as you might think, but from an author’s POV, it’s amazing. And from a personal POV, it tickles the hell out of me and is supremely ironic.
The PR person for the French publisher is more on the ball than anyone I’ve ever seen. When she read one of Nightlife’s reviews, basically saying “If you like Supernatural, you’ll love Cal Leandros,” she took that and ran with it. She went to Warner Brothers France and arranged a cross-promotional deal with them [something I’d have to sacrifice babies to a Dark Lord and wear too much eyeliner to achieve anywhere else.] They weren’t only willing, but enthusiastic.
So…and most of my fans knowing my love/rivalry with Supernatural will see the irony…a Cal Leandros sticker is on the front of the 4th season Supernatural DVD set being released also in October in France. CAL is staring at you from Dean’s muscular neck [cool new tattoo, Dean–click to see the bigger picture.] Not only is Cal being advertised on the DVD set, but on Moonshine, they’re placing a removable paper banner with Supernatural images on it [Sam and Dean I assume…what else?]
I’ve never had promotion of this level before. It’s staggering [I literally staggered in a circle trying to process it.] France is my new favorite country. What they’ve done, what Emmanuelle and Warner Bros did…never forget it. Never will.
Of course, certain fans know why this tickled me and I found it so ironic. People constantly ask if Supernatural was my “inspiration” for the Cal series…inspiration sounds a lot like “stealing ideas” to me.
So I’d like to set the record straight right here on my blog.
In actuality, I wrote the first Cal novel, Nightlife, six years before Supernatural came out. However, [some insider info for aspiring authors everywhere] it took six years to publish...and, yet, unbelievably, came out the same time Supernatural premiered on TV. Not only that, the idea of hot brothers kicking monster ass entered my brain three years before I even wrote it, maybe four or five. So counting the idea’s conception, that’s about nine-to-eleven years prior to the release of SPN on television. So no, Supernatural is not my inspiration. Can you see why it drives me nuts when people think I’m riding on the show’s coat-tails? My stories [and hot brothers] came first.
But at the same time, I’m a fan of the show, too. It’s about brothers kicking monster ass – what’s not to love? If I write it, of course I like the idea and of course I like Supernatural while at the same time, it makes me rip my hair out when certain things are so close. It’s the ultimate Great Minds Think Alike…
–Supernatural Spoiler Alert!–
…I would have had Sam save Dean from going to Hell and never done the Apocalypse–gotten rid of the whole angel demon thing except for Crowley and Castiel and I definitely wouldn’t have killed Gabriel/the Trickster, but that’s just me.
–End Supernatural Spoiler Alert–
And again, with the Supernatural Trickster character, I also wrote Goodfellow first [a popular Cal trickster character who also crosses over, along with Ishiah, into my Trickster Novels].
It’s all definitely a shitload of irony and I’m still laughing.
Click on the pic to take a closer look and enjoy the irony yourself…and the promotion, of course. France has made me feel extremely valued, Buddha love ‘em!
Any French guys want to marry me and take me to the promised land? :>