This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to act as the Guest Speaker at the January General Meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County (or the SFABC, if you’re into the whole brevity thing…). I was invited by the group’s president, Philip De Parto, after meeting him at last summer’s BookNJ event at the Paramus Public Library. Out of the over ninety authors at the BooksNJ gathering, I was one of only a handful of writers whose material was sci-fi related. Needless to say, we hit it off immediately, and eventually I ended up on the guest roster for his organization’s monthly meetings.
The SFABC get-together was great fun. All of those in attendance are eager consumers of film and literature, and when you get a room full of people like that together, you never truly run out of stuff to talk about.
While my presentation focused a bit on my published work and current projects, the discussion quickly turned to film, with a great deal of time devoted to Bela Lugosi, the Watchmen comic book versus the film, and of course, Avatar. I was even joined by MovieSucktastic Podcast co-host Joey Guida during the second half of the meeting, turning it into a casual round table discussion of bad movies and the nature of film criticism. The latter was a very interesting topic to share views on, especially considering the accessibility of personal opinions and review in this age of instant communication. Everyone had something to contribute, and as usual, Joey was there to correct me when I got the occasional name or date wrong.
A great time was had by all, especially since my opinion of Avatar didn’t inspire any acts of spite or malice. Just some great genre fans with a passion that they enjoy openly sharing with others. If you happen to live near around the Bergen County, New Jersey area, I highly recommend attending a meeting. Just be sure to tell them I sent you.
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