Confession: I found out about Twilight after one of my best friends told me about it.
She said it was a book about a girl who fell in love with a vampire. She said other things about it, too, but only one thing registered with me: vampires.
I've loved vampires all my life. So of course I bought Twilight. After reading it, I was like, "Wait a sec... Didn't my friend say they were going to make a movie?"
I Googled it. Lo and behold, yep. A movie was in pre-production.
Then Edward Cullen got cast. The movie was filmed, edited, and distributed in theaters worldwide. And this guy...
started living this life:
Which makes me think about something casting directors mention frequently. You see, unless you're really, really, really famous, you have to audition for movie/TV roles. Casting directors are the first line of defense for producers and film directors. They get to see the talent, and pick which actors go to the next round of auditions. Or even better, who gets the part.
One thing they're on the hunt for is the "it" factor.
Same goes for agents and editors. Your manuscript has to have "it" in order to make them offer you either representation or a book deal.
But what is "it"?
Why have vampires been so, so popular throughout the years?
Why did Robert Pattinson beat out a bazillion other dudes for the role of Edward Cullen?
Why do certain books get published, while others don't?
I know my answers to these questions. I know why I buy certain books, and completely ignore others.
Now what about you? What gives a book the "it" factor to you?
And more importantly, did you laugh as hard as I did when you saw that first pic of Robbie P??? :)