Back in January, when I first saw a preview for the upcoming TV series StarCrossed, I have to admit it kind of freaked me out. You see, that same week I happened to be in the process of releasing book #2 of my Starstruck series, which was titled…Starcrossed! Now, that title’s been used on lots of books and movies over the years, probably ever since Shakespeare first coined the phrase “star-crossed lovers” in Romeo and Juliet. But this new show wasn’t just going to share my title, it was going to be about aliens…in high school! Just like my Starstruck series! I was so weirded out by that, I made my husband watch the first few episodes before I did (partly because I was out of town the whole month of February) and report back. He recorded the show, though, and when I got home in March I started watching it, starting with the first episode.
And…I got hooked. I mean, there’s a reason I love writing YA sci-fi romance! Other than “aliens in high school,” StarCrossed the show had almost nothing in common with my my own Starcrossed (except for Emery’s nickname being “Em,” while my own heroine, Marsha, also goes by “M,” another freak-out moment!) But StarCrossed (the show) had plenty of other things to draw me in: an interesting premise, harking back to the earliest days of racial integration after the famous “Brown v. Topeka” court case; lots of cool sci-fi stuff; angsty teens; and, most of all, compelling characters. Whether as a reader or a viewer, it’s always, always the CHARACTERS that will make or break a book, show or movie for me. Give me interesting, many-layered people and then make me CARE about them and I’m hooked.
That’s exactly what StarCrossed offers and why I was so, so, SO upset to learn, the very same night I caught up to the season finale, that they’ve canceled the show! I’m really hoping the outpouring of tweets and emails from #Stargazer fans will make the network reconsider (or convince another network to pick it up), because I am SO not ready to say goodbye to these characters! I NEED to know what happens to Sophia and Taylor and Drake and Emery—and especially yummy Roman! (Who reminds me a lot of my own hero Rigel, but that’s a subject for a different post…)
So come on, network execs! Listen to us #Stargazers and #SaveStarCrossed!!!