|Cover of "SPECTER"|
Ok, so why are we talking about Japanese theater and my novel? Well because some of the best and most elaborate world building I have done has come about from my listening to soundtracks from plays made by Suemitsu, the man who wrote and directed Lilium. By itself, Lilium is amazing - sad, scary and mind twisting all at once. But, paired with its predecessor TRUMP, Lilium becomes the second installment in a world where the truth is muddied by the perceptions of each individual character. TRUMP makes it clear that Lilium is not only sad - it's tragic; it's not only scary - it's terrifying. I have not watched TRUMP in its entirety because I plan to watch it all once I buy the DVD. I will admit to watching the first 15 minutes (which are up on Youtube) a good 30 or so times. I understand basically everything going on and I can't wait to watch the rest of it for sure. But just the music played in those first 15 minutes has helped me detail a setting and visualize a character and his/her character traits. It was just recently that I learned a third installment had been released and that all together, about 6 or so plays are meant to be released in the series. The third installment is SPECTER and it's just my luck that I happened upon a preview of the soundtrack on Youtube. And basically: IT'S AMAZING. Go ahead, click on the soundtrack and give it a listen, I'll wait :)
|Cover of TRUMP|
It's these secrets that I love about these characters and the world in which they live in. It's my belief that these secrets are what breathe life into my characters (because who doesn't have secrets?) and drive my plot forward. While Suemitsu's plays revolve around characters who are vampires, my story has no vampire not does it question immortality. My characters are human beings, struggling to accept their own human nature while also attempting to move forward with their lives. These characters are constantly tormented by the aftermath of their pasts. It's not that in their pasts they were terrible killers or anything like that, they literally did nothing. And the fact that they did nothing is what torments them.
|LILIUM characters in the opening sequence|