Tuesday, 30 July 2013

CONTEST: True Grit

I did it. That's the THE END of my current WIP, which just happens to be a YA Western.


I don't think it's a big secret, but I love me a good western. I think it's an under-appreciated genre that (1) people just don't understand and (2) in many ways, a great deal of it's contemporary manifestations have been made unpalatable for a younger audience.

While even I don't understand the allure of some Westerns (*cough* Shane *cough*), many are loaded with in the stuff that has fuelled and birthed popular contemporary genres like all the western sub-genres (including space westerns), noir, Japanese samurai, high fantasy, sci-fi, horror, you name it. Plus you come across a lot of heroes these days that have an abundance in common with the classic Western hero. Anyway...

Now, for the contest!

One of my favourite westerns is True Grit by Charles Portis, and while I haven't seen the 1969 version, I was overwhelmingly impressed by recent Cohen adaptation. Maddie Ross is really everything you could want in a young female protagonist. She's a strong, bold and independent young woman who confidently tackles her mission in a calloused and cruel, male-dominated world.



So, that's what on offer: a book and adaptation package.

The ever-impartial random.org is going to choose the winner. To be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment telling me you want to win.

If you've already read, watched and fallen in love with True Grit,
we can arrange another prize.

That's it. Pretty easy, right?

This contest is TOTALLY INTERNATIONAL and will end
SUNDAY, August 11th, 2013 at 11:59 GMT.

So please check back afterwards to see if you've won!

9 comments:

  1. I loved the True Grit remake and I, too, love me a good Western (I wrote one *cheeky plug*)

    So I'd like to win!

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    1. What is it called? Do feel free to link to it.

      Best of luck with the contest.

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  3. Yes! I want to win :) :)

    I love Hailee Steinfeld too. Can't wait to see her in Ender's Game. She won awards for True Grit, right?

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    1. Hailee's performance in TG is truly standout and I think she represents the character of Mattie Ross. However, while she won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer and took home awards for many smaller, regional awared, I think she personally only received nominations for the other big awards. Though I still rate her record as nothing but success.

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  4. I want to win! Basically I've only watched True Grit when it comes to westerns but loved it and very interested in reading the book!

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    1. It is SUCH a good book. Let's hope you get your paws on it!

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  5. I would love to win! Westerns were my childhood. Come on lucky random.org

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    1. Oh, what was your favouite from your childhood?

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So, what do you think?