Thursday, March 21, 2013

Which Sleuths Would You Kickstart?

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One of my favorite TV sleuths made national headlines last week when a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Veronica Mars movie broke all kinds of records by hitting its 2 MILLION (in Dr. Evil voice) dollar funding goal in under 24 hours. Now, people the world over are pontificating on what that means. Will more darling projects get opportunities to shine thanks to ardent fan support? Is this the new entertainment paradigm where THE PEOPLE decide what they want to read/see/hear instead of some fast-talking, shareholder obsessed executive? I don't know.

But, I have considered all kinds of possibilities for seeing a few of my favorite characters get a payday for some, um, boutique projects just because they're awesome.

Jazz - I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga

The Project: An style website for people with deranged individuals in their family tree. You know, in case you're curious about someone in your bloodline being a violent sociopath.

My Contribution: Probably low. $25 dollars or less. Wouldn't want to ever be identified as a top backer here. You never know who's watching.

Meg - TEN by Gretchen McNeil

The Project: A prototype of a life jacket with an on board motor (think of The Rocketeer, but in water). The compact device would be perfect for, say, escaping a freaky murder island.

My Contribution: Mid-range. $100. I pride myself on not going to freaky murder islands. BUT, since I'm afraid of heights, how else am I going to be like The Rocketeer? I'm in.

Cody - REALITY CHECK by Peter Abrahams

The Project: A Find-My-iPhone like app for tracking misplaced girlfriends.

My Contribution: Um, $0. While I'm positive Cody's intentions for such a powerful application would be pure, I see this going horribly wrong. I'm talking Stalk-A-Crush wrong. Sorry Cody, your project is NOT getting funded.

What about you? Any sleuths you'd like to help get a worthy project Kickstarted? Share below.

Lamar "L. R." Giles writes books for teens and adults. FAKE ID, his debut Young Adult Thriller, will be published by HarperCollins in 2014. He is represented by Jamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife.


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