by Trish Milburn
I'm a happily married woman, have been for fifteen years. But I have to admit I'm harboring a great passion for another. Who is this object of my affections?
YouTube. Yes, that fabulously wonderful waster of time. If only they'd had high-speed Internet and YouTube when I was in high school. I could have fed all of my various celebrity crushes to my heart's content. Why do I like YouTube so much? I'm so glad you asked.
1. Fan Videos
When I find a TV show or movie I like, I tend to obsess about it. That's just my personality. I can remember yearning for each week's episode of The Young Riders when I was younger. If I'd had YouTube then, I could have watched endless fan videos during those long days between episodes. There are actually a lot of talented fan vidders out there, who can edit video and set it to songs that help tell the story and evoke emotions. Here are a couple of examples.
From one of my new favorites, the BBC's North & South mini-series:
The last 50 seconds of the video are very inspiring to me as a romance writer. This example also illustrates Reason No. 2, below. I really like the song "Ache" by James Carrington. It's a beautiful song and so fits this story.
Other times, the vidders use music from the actual production they're celebrating, as in this case for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The video is about Will and Elizabeth, and the vidder uses "One Day," their love theme.
Oh, and I just have to put in a Buffy & Angel example, just because. :)
And here's a cute one for Stardust, a movie I watched recently and really enjoyed. I think I'll cast Charlie Cox as a hero in a future book. Plus, I really like Lifehouse, the band singing the song, "Hanging By a Moment." They're a great band to listen to when you're writing romance.
2. Discovering New Music
I've discovered new bands and songs that I like through watching fan videos. One such band, now one of my favorites, is HIM, from Finland. I found them when their song, "Vampire Heart," accompanied a fan vid for the show Blood Ties. But one of my favorite songs and music videos by them is "Pretending." Plus, I think Ville Valo, the singer, isn't too hard on the eyes either. :)
Sometimes vidders like to mix things up with fun results, like in this example of a trailer for Pride & Prejudice done Harry Potter style.
And this ode to the Justice League on Smallville set to music from Pirates of the Caribbean.
So, any other YouTube junkies out there? Or am I alone in my obsession?