Day 24 – Conspiring to Inspire
My novel PLANET ATE and its spinoff ALIEN ENCOUNTERS may have an extraterrestrial threat in them, but the main antagonist is the government itself. Countless cover ups and hidden truths are holding the keys to survival, but finding the facts prove to be a difficult task for the heroes of the story.
Conspiracy is what inspired the idea behind me writing these. I wanted to account for some of the many theories out there, and take it to a whole new level. I’m fascinated by how convincing some of these ideas are, and though I’ve personally thought many of them to be ridiculous theories, I have to admit there are some I may have bought into.
So what kind of conspiracy stories do I enjoy? Here’s a few of my favorites:
The TV series 24 will always hold the title. I’ve loved that show since episode 1, and haven’t missed a beat. At times it goes a little overboard with Jack Bauer’s ability to survive, but that’s the best part of it all. I’m excited to see what they do without him as the main character when 24 LEGACY starts next year.
Another series that influenced me is THE X-FILES. When I was a kid I enjoyed the show, and now that it came back I’m eager to see more. From the campiness at times, to some awkward humor, it keeps the story fresh. You may go into one episode laughing at how ridiculous it is, and the next terrified of what is going on. It is the perfect embodiment of what the government is capable of.
Finally is Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series of books. ANGELS AND DEMONS, THE DAVINCI CODE, THE LOST SYMBOL, & INFERNO are must reads for anyone who is into this sort of thing. Sure the movies were good (and yes I’ll be reviewing Inferno sometime soon), but the books really intrigued. Though there always seems to be a year and a half to two year gap between Brown’s releases, I feel they are worth the wait as he captures a real feel and as many facts as he can in order to tell a convincing story.
What are some of your favorite conspiracy theories, movies or books based on them? Do you have any theories of your own you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment and post. Use the hashtag #scrypthalloween and you will be placed in the running for one of my book giveaways!