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Sonya Bateman – Guest Blog & Giveaway

Today Ladies & Gents, I have Urban Fantasy author, Sonya Bateman, gracing us with her presence to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Master Of None! I have a copy here in my hands that I’ll be reading shortly, so look for a review soon, but in the meantime… let’s have some fun getting to know Sonya and about Master Of None. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the guest blog!  

 I’ll pass my blogging reigns over to Sonya, welcome to SVR! 😀  


Sonya Bateman

Movies: The Other White Meat  

[We interrupt this guest post in progress for an obligatory mention of the book in question. MASTER OF NONE: One unlucky thief. One unlikely genie. One very odd couple. Recommended by several bloggers, a few other authors, some readers, and my mom.]  

Every writer has a humongously long list of books that they love, that have influenced them, that have made them sit up and gasp, “I wish I was this brilliant!” (Or, conversely: “Ugh. I can do sooo much better than that.”) Writers read, a lot, and I’m no exception. My list of beloved, influential authors and novels would probably span the globe if I printed it out. Okay, it would at least span the block. (Hey, I live in the country. It’s a really long block.)  

But I have an equally long list of movies that I love, that have influenced me, that have made me gasp, “I love this!” (or: this is sooooo bad. Somebody give me a camera and a group of college students.)  

It’s not that I have aspirations to Hollywood. Of course, I wouldn’t say no if anyone wanted to make a movie out of Master of None (and cast, say, Justin Long as the unlucky thief, and maybe Dwayne Johnson as the djinn, and Rosario Dawson as the female lead…no, I haven’t thought at all about this). But I don’t want to direct, or produce, or *shudder* act. I just love movies. They’re another form of storytelling, and for me, they’re just as influential as books.  

So instead of telling you how The Chronicles of Narnia shaped my childhood (actually, I read a lot of Stephen King as a child. Make of that what you will.), or how I admire the timeless classic prose of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky (um…yeah, I really can’t wrap my head around that stuff), I’m going to share some of my favorite movies that have contributed to my own storytelling experience. Maybe some of your favorites are on my list!  

P.S. If any of you are personally acquainted with Justin Long, please tell him that he’d make an amazing Gavyn Donatti. *G*  

FANTASY/SF: Labyrinth ~~ The Dark Crystal ~~ A Nightmare Before Christmas ~~ The Crow ~~ Wall-E ~~ The Incredibles ~~ Aliens ~~ The Iron Giant ~~ Legend ~~ Forbidden Kingdom ~~ Star Trek TNG: First Contact ~~ Pitch Black  

HORROR: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 3: Dream Warriors ~~ The Sixth Sense ~~ Stir of Echoes ~~ The Ring ~~ Saw ~~ Pan’s Labyrinth ~~ 1408 ~~ Midnight Meat Train ~~ Sin City  

THRILLER/ACTION: Die Hard ~~ Live Free or Die Hard ~~ Batman (Michael Keaton) ~~ Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, and 3 ~~ John Q ~~ Gladiator ~~ The Thirteenth Warrior ~~ Fight Club ~~ Falling Down  

ROMANCE/FEEL-GOOD: Brokeback Mountain ~~ The Breakfast Club ~~ City of Angels ~~ Stand By Me ~~ Annie ~~ Mr. Holland’s Opus ~~ West Side Story ~~ Meet Joe Black ~~ Philadelphia  

COMEDY: Galaxy Quest ~~ The Birdcage ~~ Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog ~~ Nothing To Lose ~~ Liar, Liar ~~ Rush Hour ~~ Accepted ~~ The Blues Brothers  SO BAD, IT’S GOOD: Streetfighter ~~ Mortal Kombat ~~ Army of Darkness ~~ Student Bodies ~~ Clue ~~ Little Shop of Horrors (Rick Moranis)


Thanks Sonya, that is a great list of movies!  🙂  

  Giveaway Details:

 Sonya Bateman has generously offered one reader a signed copy of Master Of None! Giveaway is open to USA , Canada & Internationally. Sonya will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments. Question:   So what movies have inspired you or stuck with you over the years? For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry) OR a question for Sonya (+1 entry)

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  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
  • Contest is open to USA, Canada & Internationally  and will run through April 24th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on April 25th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

April 15, 2010 - Posted by | Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Sidhe's News & Updates


  1. Hi Sonya,

    I think the movies that I always go back to watch over and over again are Pretty Woman, Top Gun, An Officer and A Gentleman, Flash Dance and Horse Soldiers.

    How did you come up with the title for your book?

    Comment by Sandy G | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Sandy,

      Great movies! I love Pretty Woman. 🙂

      The title came from a brainstorming session with my agent. I had originally titled the book something else (and it makes me crazy that I still can’t remember what it was! But I think it had the word ‘thief’ in it somewhere…) – and whatever it was, wasn’t catchy or memorable. Obviously, since I can’t even remember it! *G*

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 15, 2010 | Reply

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    Comment by Sandy G | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. Movies? Obvious ones like Matrix & superhero movies (X-Men, etc). Also, Never Been Kissed is amazing as is Pretty Woman.. oh, I could go on forever. I love movies. : )

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    Comment by Christa | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. Movies never seem to stick with me as much as books do. That said, I’d say I’ve been influenced by Some Like It Hot, Ladyhawke, Mary Poppins (which was my first!), A Room With a View.
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    Comment by Kimberly B. | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. I am not sure if any movies inspired me, though I have learned many things. I watch a lot of action, adventure and catastrophe movies, so it is an interesting education to say the least. One movie that sticks with me is Titanic. It had incredible emotions.

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    Comment by Robin K | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  6. The movie didn’t inspire me, but it has been yy favorite movie of all times – Steel Magnolia.

    So many different personalities in that movie, yet those women were friends and would clearly stick up for each other.

    Olympia Dukakis and Shirley McClaine forever kill me in that movie, and I never get tired of watching it. Sally Fields still makes me cry at the funeral scene. Just thinking about it makes me tear up.

    Clairee Belcher: [quoting her gay nephew] All gay men have track lightin’. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve.

    Clairee Belcher: Ouiser, I’d recognize this penmanship anywhere. You have the handwritin’ of a serial killer.

    I had it in VHS, then got it on DVD.

    Comment by Elaine R | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t watched Steel Magnolias. Now I’m definitely going to have to! I love those quotes. 😀

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi Sonya,

    What a great movie list. I would add, Last of the Mohicans. The theme of loyalty, friendship and love is a powerful one for me, plus the music is so beautiful.

    Another personal favorite about love and friendship is Boys on the Side with Whoopi and Drew Barrymore. It has some wonderful humor but is ultimately a tear jerker.

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    Comment by Cathy M | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  8. Oh, I was just talking about LadyHawke on another site – loved it. There are so many but Lord of the Rings is a big one. Also, Legend, Beastmaster, Forever Young, First Knight, Highlander, Braveheart, Princess Bride, The Mummy, Independence Day, Men in Black, Terminator, Alien, Matrix, Jurassic Park…just to name a few lol.
    I also love Stephen King.

    Do you have a favorite author?

    I am an old follower

    Comment by catslady | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • I have soooooo many favorite authors! Terry Pratchett is way up there on my list, as are Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Also, Gena Showalter is awesome. There are many, many more that I love.

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  9. Tbe Princess Bride! The Last Unicorn, Fried Green Tomatoes, Shawshank Redemption, Love Actually, Underworld 1 & 2 =)

    Hi Sonya – what movie in particular would you most like to see a do-over of, the best idea was done wrong?

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    Comment by Katie A | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Wow, how could I forget to mention The Princess Bride? 😀

      I wish Terminator 4 had been handled better (much, much better). The android who believed he was human could’ve been an AMAZING character… but he wasn’t. Sigh. I may have to play with that idea myself. 😛

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 15, 2010 | Reply

      • But the actor who played the android, Sam Worthington, is so HOT, I didn’t really care, lol! I was too busy drooling over him. 😀

        Comment by sidhevicious | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  10. Shawshank Redemption is a movie that I’ve seen probably 100 times. I’ll watch it no matter what point it is at when I run across it. I’ve probably saw it a couple dozen times before I made myself sit down and watch it from beginning to end. This is one of the few movies that I’ve not read the book on. Normally, I find the book much more enjoyable but did not want to ruin what I always felt was a great movie so never read this book.

    Comment by Lisa Richards | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Lisa, I would actually recommend that you go ahead and read The Shawshank Redemption – in fact, all four novellas in Different Seasons are amazing (and three of them have been made into movies: that one, of course, which is Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in the book; Stand By Me, which is based on The Body; and Apt Pupil, which I haven’t seen the movie for, but it’s the same name). The story that wasn’t movie-ized, The Breathing Method, is also wonderful.

      Different Seasons is King at the top of his game. Great stuff. 🙂

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  11. I love Chronicles of Riddick, Amelie, Dare to Love, Howl’s Moving Castle and Harry Potter. There’s just something different about those movies. They really stand out for me.

    Comment by ki mi | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh, Howl’s Moving Castle is fantastic! I love Miyazaki. *G*

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 15, 2010 | Reply

  12. I am already a Follower.

    The movie that has always stayed with both for the acting and the storyline (I have also read the book) is To Kill A Mockingbird.

    I know there are a great deal of movies out there but I noticed that you haven’t mentioned any older movies in your list ? There are so many classics. How about another section telling us which classics you love?

    I totally agree with the selection of Miyazaki ! I have all his movies on DVD. I am just sorry there aren’t more of them. He was the one who got me started on Anime.

    All the best

    Carol T

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    Comment by Carol Thompson | April 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Classics? Hmm… well, there’s a few classic Christmas movies I love. 🙂 It’s a Wonderful Life is probably my favorite holiday classic. The Sound of Music is a great classic movie, and I agree on To Kill a Mockingbird.

      With Miyazaki, my favorite is Princess Mononoke. *G* Those tree spirits are just so adorable!

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  13. The movie i can see over and over again and i still love it is the trilogy of Lord of the rings, even if its really long i absolutely love it!

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    Comment by ambika | April 16, 2010 | Reply

    • I was so enchanted with The Fellowship of the Rings, I watched it in theaters 4 times (once at the drive-in) and then bought the DVD. *G*

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 18, 2010 | Reply

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  15. The movie Armageddon, Never been kissed, and the Pirates Trilogy has stuck with me for years…love those movies.

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    Comment by van p. | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hi Sonya!
    thanks for sharing – I’ve heard a lot of good things about your book and can’t wait to see for myself 🙂
    my favorite movies are 50 First Dates, Pretty Woman and Seven Pounds.
    wish you all the best,

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    Comment by Ina | April 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you, Ina! I recently watched Seven Pounds and it was fantastic. I cried buckets! 🙂

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  17. Any South Korean movie with a sad ending has really inspired me. At first I was very shocked that some culture dared to be happy with sad endings, and it really bugged me that I didn’t completely hate the ending myself. I soon found that I sought out Korean movies with sad endings. They really know how to make one, they’re sad but full of hope and love nonetheless. I learned that you don’t have to stick with the norm, the average, or the easy way out to satisfy people.

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    Comment by Marianna G. | April 17, 2010 | Reply

    • A well done sad ending in a movie can be a beautiful thing. 🙂 I need to watch some South Korean movies!

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  18. Great comments and questions so far! Keep ’em coming. 🙂

    Just to throw my two cents in, lol, here’s a list of some of my favorite flicks over the years that I re-watch whenever I can.
    Beaches, Mouse Hunt, Gladiator, Last Of The Mohicans, Troy, Brave Heart, Knight’s Tale, King Arthur, Chronicles Of Riddick, All 4 X-Men, Twilight, New Moon, Star Trek, All 3 Underworlds, All the Harry Potter films, TLOTR trilogy, Pirates OTC trilogy, Eight Below, and I could go on forever!

    Comment by sidhevicious | April 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh wow, you hit on some great one! X-Men, Harry Potter, Knight’s Tale … many things I forgot to include! LOL

      Thanks again for having me on!

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  19. One of the main movies that has stuck with me the most is Almost Famous. I just really love that movie and the stories it tells. I have lots of favorites but that one really stands out to me.

    My question would be – what did you do first when you found out your book was going to be published?

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    Comment by Donna S | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  20. Aloha Sonya!!

    There are 2 movies I always watch over and find inspiration from. Shawshank Redemption and Once Were Warriors *sigh* amazing movies and I still feel all the emotions as if it were the first time seeing it.

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    Mahalo for a great post! I really like all of your movie selections Sonya!!

    Comment by Chas @ LLL in the 808 | April 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Adding Once Were Warriors to my must-watch list. *G* Thank you!

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  21. I love the Indiana Jones series, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and the Star Wars series. I can watch those over and over. When I think of a romantic movie, LadyHawke always comes to mind.

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  22. I love watching South Korean dramas such as Full House, Boys Over Flowers and Save Your Last Dance For Me.

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  24. A movie that has stayed with me over the years is Gone with the Wind. I can pop that DVD in at anytime and just sit back and watch.

    Comment by Bethie | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  25. Did you do anything special on your release day?

    Movies that have stayed with me over the years – Ladyhawke, Stargate, The Mummy, Last of the Dogmen, Lord of the Ring trilogy, The Replacements, Chronicles of Riddick

    Comment by Daelith | April 21, 2010 | Reply

    • I think I might have. It’s all a blur now… LOL

      Oh! I remember. I went to three stores to see my book on a store shelf for the first time. One of them actually had it in stock. That was pretty awesome. I took pictures. 🙂

      Comment by Sonya Bateman | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  26. favorite flicks that have stayed with me? back to the future, bill & ted’s excellent adventure, dazed and confused, clerks, edward scissorhands, ghostbusters, nightmare before christmas, neverending story, willow, the labyrinth….

    any of these i could watch every day and not tire of them…

    Comment by kisah jackson | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  27. +1 just a few of the movies I can’t tire of: While You Were Sleeping, Assassins, Fight Club, Anne series, Pretty Woman.

    +1 I would like to ask Sonya if she likes Disney adaptations? (the Disney version of Aladdin was one of my alltime favourites cartoon even as a teenager)

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    +1 I follow you on Twitter (@Stella_ExLibris)

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    +1 as well as on Goodreads! 🙂

    Thank you! 🙂

    Comment by Stella (Ex Libris) | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  28. This might sound silly But Footloose really influenced my life. I was only 10 when that movie came out and I wanted to be Ariel so bad and where those hot red boots. Soon as I turned boy crazy, I went a little wild, Thanks to that movie. lol +1

    I’m a new follower. +1

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    Comment by Christine H | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  29. The movies that I never tire of watching are: Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Gunnies and The Sound of Music.

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    Comment by Spav | April 24, 2010 | Reply

  30. PS i love you and the notebook

    i watch those and never get tired of them , or not want to cry

    Comment by tamibates | April 25, 2010 | Reply

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