Renew StarCrossed!

by | May 19, 2014 | News | 21 comments

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!!!

21 Comments

    • Brenda Hiatt

      Thanks so much for asking! If you go to the main http://starstruckseries.com page, you’ll see buy links there for Starstruck and Starcrossed. Book 3, Starbound, will be out in just a few weeks! 🙂

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    • keithdb80

      So can we assume you have signed the petition?

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      • Brenda Hiatt

        I certainly did. Hope everyone else who’s been visiting here has, too! 🙂

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  2. Stephanie Beers

    As a huge #StarCrossed fan and stargazer, your support for this cause gives me such joy! I will definitely be buying your books as this sci-fi with romance genre is my favorite. I was hooked on star-crossed in the first 5 minutes of the pilot and now I live and breathe it. I am doing everything in my power to make sure this amazing show doesn’t end here! Thank you so much for this!

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  3. Brenda Hiatt

    Thanks for posting, Stephanie! As you can probably tell, I also love sci-fi romance, and especially teen sci-fi romance! So it was pretty easy to get hooked on #StarCrossed! Glad I’m able to do my small part in the effort to get another season!

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  4. Joanie Pollock

    Let us know via Twitter when you release the third book so that I can buy the lot in one hit!! Like everyone else her love sci fi and teen romance so I’m all in 🙂 Your books are going to sell like hotcakes!

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  5. keithdb80

    Joanie, Book 3 will be out late next month (June). But I have some insider scoop for you. It’ won’t be the last book. There will be another.

    Brenda hopes to have the conclusion of the Starstruck series, Book 4 (tentatively entitled “Starfall”) out by the end of the year, but no guarantees, and I think that schedule is ambitious.

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  6. Brenda Hiatt

    Joanie, I’m aiming for a June 23 release date for Starbound, but the various retailers can be a little unpredictable on when they actually make books live. Believe me, I’ll spread the word everywhere I possibly can, once it’s available! And may your words be prophetic, about the books selling like hotcakes! Thanks!!! 🙂

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  7. keithdb80

    When drafting a letter, including email, to the powers that be at CBS and/or The CW it is important to be both firm and polite. The letter should explain the consequences from you associated with their decision to cancel Starcrossed, and ask them to reconsider, while still being polite and professional in tone. You should avoid insults or taunts, insults wouldn’t help persuade you and it won’t help with them either. Below is the kind of tone I suggest taking with CBS in letters and emails to them.

    Dear CBS and The CW Executives.

    I was very disappointed at your decision to cancel Starcrossed after only a 13 episode run. The cliff hanger manner in which you ended the series, with the apparent death of the heroine in the hero’s arms, along with other possible character deaths, comes across as unnecessarily heartless and disrespectful for the feelings of fans who had grown attached to those characters.

    Starcrossed was the reason I watched The CW. It brought me to not only Starcrossed, but other CW shows such as Beauty and the Beast, which you retained for another season despite its have lower ratings that Starcrossed. Without Starcrossed to attract me to your station, I will not be watching Beauty and the Beast, or any other CW shows, so your decision affects more than just one show and is more damaging to your brand than I think you realize.

    I urge you to reconsider your decision to cancel Starcrossed. Its fans deserve more than you gave them and its fans do not deserve the totally unresolved ending you left them.

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  8. Stephanie Beers

    This is a great letter Keith! I have sent out letters already but was thinking about having a second round! I will take the advice and send another with a similar tone. Thanks for this and all your support. It means a lot to us to have yours & Brenda’s encouragement!

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  9. Claire Ledger

    Please can you tell me the address to send the emails to CBS or CW about renewing Star Crossed? I loved it over here in the UK and cannot believe it was cancelled after 13 shows!

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    • Claire Ledger

      Those links don’t work- the first one doesn’t work and the 2nd gives an option to select programme to leave feedback and Star Crossed is not listed

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  10. Brenda Hiatt

    I was able to get both links to work (I tried again just now). Star-Crossed was listed as one of the shows you can comment on at the CW site and at the CBS one, there’s an option at the bottom to select “Other/Not Listed”. Does the CW link maybe not work in the UK? That’s all I can think of.

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  11. Nancy

    Ms. Hiatt did you ever think of turning your book into a movie because I seriously enjoyed reading star struck.

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    • Brenda Hiatt

      Nancy, I’d LOVE for my Starstruck books to become movies or even a TV series! I just need to convince Hollywood… Thanks!! 🙂

      Reply

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