Monday, September 22, 2014

Themes that Rocked the Challenge - Classic Monsters with Mina Burrows!

Today’s featured Challenge participant, author Mina Burrows, rocked with a theme of classic monsters!

What made you choose classic monsters as your theme for the Challenge?

I had a few themes in mind this year, but ended up asking my blogger friends for their opinions. They helped me pick the monster theme. I’m a huge fan of classic literature and am fascinated with classic authors and the original monsters they created. Monsters like Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. These beasts and their stories have mystified fans for years, and I thought it would be cool to highlight them.

Which monster was your favorite?

This is a tough one to answer. Out of this year’s A-Z posts, I think the Orc was one of my favorite monsters. These creatures, or a version of them, have been referenced in classic literature like Beowulf and then of course reinvented thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien. Orcs are menacing, man-eating, elf-like beasts and I just love them!

Many came from movies – care to guess how many monster movies you’ve seen over the years? How many of the films you featured have you seen?

I can’t even begin to guess how many monster flicks I’ve seen. I know I saw a ton when I was a kid, but I’m not sure if those count when I can’t remember much of the movie anyway. I believe I saw most of the monster movies from my A-Z posts, including almost all of Universal’s mash of monsters. Off the top of my head, I haven’t seen the latest Godzilla film (*smacks forehead*) and The Creature of the Black Lagoon.

Which letter was the most difficult?

Y. I wanted to choose Yeti, but that was another way to say Abominable Snowman so I couldn't do that one again since I used it for my A post. I ended up choosing Yule Cat, which I thought was so cool when I discovered it. Come to think of it, Yule Cat would be a great story to retell or write a spin-off in some cool way.

Are you a gamer? Did any of your monsters come from RPG’s like Dungeons and Dragons?

I used to play a ton of video games. Now I play stuff with my kids like Lego Star Wars and Harry Potter. Zombies are probably my favorite with respect to gaming. I’m a huge Resident Evil fan. When I decided to post on Dragons for the letter D, I knew instantly I would discuss Dungeons and Dragons. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about that game realm, but I had a wonderful time learning about it from Timothy Brannan’s blog, The Other Side. He has an amazing depth of knowledge about monsters, witches and the D&G realm. He's incredibly talented.

Do you think the Loch Ness Monster is real?

Yes I do! There is too much unknown lurking in bodies of water like the Loch Ness that I think it's completely plausible. That and there have been many sightings. In general, the Scottish Highlands is known for its legendary tales of magic and mystical forces like fairies, druids, witches, stone circles, gods and Nessie too. I think there may be some truths to the legends.

How many Godzilla films have you seen?

Gosh, I've forgotten how many. Several, when I was younger because I had two older brothers who made me watch stuff like that all the time. I was the youngest, so I didn't have much choice it what we watched so I’m glad I liked it.

Do you have a theme in mind for next year’s Challenge?

Not yet. I've been thinking about it too. I’ll probably do what I did this year and come up with a few ideas and let the readers pick. When you get audience or reader participation, you get people involved in the process and somewhat expectant or excited about what's to come.

That’s a good idea. Although I’d be worried what they might choose for me… Thanks, Mina!

Co-host Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Best-sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, and his blog can be found HERE


Anonymous said...

Great interview, Lots of people here in the UK believe there is a monster at Loch Ness, Perhaps one day it may emerge.
Good idea how to get your theme for the next A to Z Challenge.

Mason Canyon said...

Never really thought about all the classic monsters, but the A to Z Challenge was a great way to showcase them. The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic you should see.

Jo said...

There was a recent cartoon on Facebook of Nessie's vote being collected with regard to whether Scotland should become independent or not.

Mina Burrows said...

Thanks Alex. That was fun. I really did enjoy the theme too!

@NashvilleCats - Yeah. Wouldn't that be cool if it did emerge?

@Mason - I know. I need to see it. It's on my list.

@Jo - LOL. I'll have to look that that one. I'm betting Nessie's for the independence.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Mina! You ROCK! And so did your theme!
Thanks for sharing!

J.L. Campbell said...

Mina, that's quite a wealth on knowledge you gathered for the A-Z and by the sound of it you've been gathering for a while now. :)

cleemckenzie said...

You did have a great theme! Yule Cat? Never heard of that one before. Sounds like a holiday monster. I look forward to seeing what amazing theme you'll come up with in 2015.

Mina Burrows said...

@Thanks Heather!

@JL - Yeah. That's true. LOL!

@CLee - Thanks. Yeah Yule Cat was a strange one. :)

Unknown said...

Very smart to let the readers pick. Makes your life simpler.