Monday, February 24, 2020

Nothing New Under the Sun by Tara Tyler

Taking Back Beast World, Phase 2. Disney/Pixar's Onward comes out Mar 6 with a setting eerily close to BEAST WORLD. It's time to speak out again--in a positive way!

Diane is a hard worker and a wonderful promoter of books -- not to mention a busy publisher! I don't know how she does it all! Thanks for having me today, Diane.

by Tara Tyler

Seriously. Every story has been written, over and over again throughout the ages. Yet millions of books and movies are produced each year. Like, how many Spiderman and Batman movies do we need? Yet they keep coming! So how do we stand out in this world of re-dos?


Storylines may have similar bones: lonely detective solves a murder mystery, star-crossed lovers, hilarious misunderstandings, or the hero saves the day. But what makes each story special are the alternative settings, the unexpected twists, inventive technology, mash-ups, and most importantly, a unique voice.

Beast World is a fantasy adventure where teenagers rebel against the rules and stand up for themselves to make their world a better place--a familiar theme--but these teenagers are fantasy creatures! I came up with this concept while watching my youngest at football practice (2012). I loved how the smallest guy on the team was also the toughest. He wasn't afraid of the bigger guys and surprised them with his ferocious drive. And Gabe the goblin was born.

I also teach awkward teens. Newsflash: every generation of teenagers is the same: going through growing pains, figuring out who they are, making dumb mistakes, and hoping to make a difference. Assigning a species to the different cliques, I created Beast World--where Gabe the goblin wanted to break the stereotype barriers assigned to his nerdy species. I thought it was a pretty unique concept: Fantasy creatures in high school.


Disney/Pixar made their own "suburban fantasy" world--with basically the same setting as Beast World--six years after BROKEN BRANCH FALLS was first published.

Seeing the trailer came as quite a shock to me (and my readers). I didn't want to whine or complain, but I did decide to do something about it. After their lawyer basically told me I was nothing since the stories weren't the same, I felt like I was onto something. And I wouldn't let that stop me. I just had to work harder to get noticed.

Last summer, I made a lot of new contacts and had a successful Taking Back Beast World campaign. Now that the movie is coming out in a couple of weeks, I'm at it again.

It's a David vs Goliath story. I'm a tiny teacher writing (and re-publishing) on the side VS a mega-monster movie corporation. It's really no contest, so I'm promoting my books alongside their movie... Win-Win!

If you like fantasy adventure as in Disney/Pixar's Onward,
you'll love reading Tara Tyler's Beast World Series!
Maybe some day, I'll get one of my screenplays picked up--there are sure enough new media outlets. And then I'll see where the adventure takes me from there.

Just like my plucky characters, I won't give up!

What obstacles have you come across in your writing/publishing? 
Ever see a book or movie suspiciously close to your manuscript? 
Any advice for me??

Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

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Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

That sounds like a great way to make lemonade out of lemons! Love your cover. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What Elizabeth said. And considering the reviews so far for Onward, you created the better story.

Heather R. Holden said...

Great post, Tara! Finding new twists and turns for our stories is definitely the way to go. And love learning the inspiration behind Beast World. The setting you created for this series is so much fun!

Liz A. said...

It seems like they always pick up our stories via the ether to make into their awful big budget whatevers. Sigh. But a great promotion opportunity.

Yolanda Renée said...

Awesome! Congratulations! Wishing you success!

Sandra said...

Good for you, for turning a negative into a positive, Tara.
And yes. Diane is all of the above:)
Wishing you much success.

Jemi Fraser said...

Diane is amazing!!

I love your world and the stories! Great to hear how Gabe was created!! Fun :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations, Tara. Yes. Never give up. Now I need to check it out. Sounds great.

SpacerGuy said...

Well done! This is news in the making, its always exciting reading about a writers success.

Pat Hatt said...

Gotta try the best one can to make lemonade out of the lemons. Pixar movies are all rip offs though. Don't think there are any that are original in the whole bunch, or at least as original as one can get as there is nothing new under the sun. Still Cars is almost a scene for scene rip off of Doc Hollywood.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats, Tara! Really love your cover!

Mason Canyon said...

Tara, congratulations. Keep up the great work and don't ever stop or back down.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm definitely rooting for you, David! I'd like to see Goliath put in his place. Your Beat World sounds really good

Fundy Blue said...

Beast World ... I hate auto prediction!

nashvillecats2 said...

An excellent cover and a wonderful post to read.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - congratulations ... and good for you for persevering with your David v the goliaths ... onwards, but taking advantage of the opportunity the movie allows you ... good luck and yes Diane does great work for her authors and the IWSG group ... cheers Hilary

Ellen Jacobson said...

You're smart to piggyback on to the movie's release. They're really cute books!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Maybe the movie will spark a trend in the genre and yours will be the next movie.

Tonja Drecker said...

This is such a cute, exciting story! Glad you can piggy-back like that. said...

I don't think I could ever get tired of characters like Gabe the goblin (always having been the shortest but toughest). =)
Thanks for your input and inspiration, Tara.
Thank you for featuring her, Diane.

Sandra Cox said...

A Sci-Fi Detective Thriller--that has me intrigued:)

'Lo, Di:)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You're sweet!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you Hilary, I do try.

Tara Tyler said...

so much awesome support! can’t thank you guys enough for your positivity!

and Diane, thanks for making it possible for me to get the word out! can’t wait to meet you IRL - NC bound, making it happen!