Saturday, January 31, 2015

Why I Changed My Mind on the All-Female Ghostbusters

            Back in August, when I first read the rumors of the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. As a massive Ghostbusters fan, I was vehemently against the idea. Not because I don’t like women (almost all of my friends are women) but because 1.) that’s never what I pictured for a third Ghostbusters movie, and 2.) I was bummed that an entire generation of boys would be left out of the fun of Ghostbusters.
           But then, today, I was talking to my sister-in-law. She’s a teacher, and she was telling me about one of her sixth grade students. She’s a girl, with purple hair. She almost always has her arms crossed, and she’s almost always looking at the ground. She doesn’t talk much. But, she’s obsessed with science fiction and fantasy, especially Dr. Who. In fact, talking about sci-fi films and TV shows seems to be the only thing that makes her uncross her arms, look up, and, well…speak to people. My sister-in-law always makes sure to talk to her about the latest episode of Dr. Who, because she lights up, stands up a little more straight, and smiles, discussing the storylines excitedly.
            Driving home, it struck me: I bet this girl will really like the new Ghostbusters.
            It may even mean as much to her as the original meant to me.
            When I was in eighth grade, I wasn’t exactly a social outcast, but I wasn’t Zack Morris, either. I was knee-deep in puberty, I was six feet tall and a ludicrous 95 pounds, and the girl I liked didn’t like me back. Basically, I was depressed about all the things you can be depressed about when you’re 14. Then, I discovered Ghostbusters, and suddenly I wasn’t so depressed (or self-conscious) anymore. That one movie led to my love of films, my love of Saturday Night Live, my love of Bill Murray, my love of writing, and, most importantly, my love of comedy. That one movie changed my life, set it on a different course, and I’m forever grateful for it. It’s brought me an immeasurable level of joy for over 18 years.
            If the new Ghostbusters can mean the same thing to that purple-haired girl, or any girl, I’m all for it. Of course I am. It seems unbelievably stupid that I ever thought I wasn’t. Movies, especially Ghostbusters, mean the world to me, and if this new one can have that kind of impact on someone—regardless of the fact that it’s not what I thought a third Ghostbusters would be—bring it on. 
            I never thought I’d say this, but I’ll be the first one there opening night.
            To be honest, I actually can’t wait.

Friday, November 28, 2014

STRIKE fan art!

Check out this awesome STRIKE fan art!  But wait, it's not just art--it's a short movie!

Fan-made STRIKE: THE HERO FROM THE SKY animatic!

How cool is that?  It reminds me of when they do animated storyboards of scenes in movies before they film them.  Maybe someday...

But in the meantime, that's the first time the STRIKE characters have been in motion! Pretty cool!

That was made by an artist who goes by the name of systemcat on deviantART. She put a lot of work into it, and it came out great. You can check out her work here:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My new FREE Ghostbusters 3 fanfiction novel!

My new Ghostbusters 3 fanfiction novel is available for FREE!  You can download this fanfiction novel by clicking here: Ghostbusters 3: Tournament of the Demons ebook

It's available for Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or any ereader. You can also email me at charliewoodbooks (at) gmail (dot) com for a copy in any format you'd like, including a format specially made for Kindle.

If you don't want to downloand it, you can read the whole thing here:

Hope you enjoy it!

Note: This is a fan-made project, free for all to read. It has no connection to Sony or Columbia Pictures. It is completely not-for-profit.

It has been over twenty years since the Ghostbusters saved New York from Vigo the Carpathian, and in terms of the paranormal, the city is quiet—so quiet, in fact, that there is now only one Ghostbuster, Raymond Stantz, who is answering the sporadic calls about ghosts, spooks, and demons from his home. 

However, when Ray, Egon, and Winston mysteriously go missing, a new team of Ghostbusters (led by college student Oscar Venkman) must come together to rescue them, protect New York City, and save the world.

But it may not be that easy--an evil, all-powerful demon named Breygron the Watcher is living in New York and posing as the city’s mayor…a mayor who just happens to be Dr. Peter Venkman.