Pennywise in Italy?

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Cattivotenente

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Hi everybody. Sorry for the clickbait title, but it has more that some truth indeed. First of all, I asked the staff before posting here, and I’ve got green light. So, I would like your opinion, folks! I’m a writer and I needed a shapeshifting creature for my next novel (second of a series), which will be published next may in Italy (only there and only in Italian, I’m not spamming here). The plot required a boggart-like monster; now, being a Stephen’s huge fan and not a Rowling’s one, the idea came to my mind and I couldn’t resist: I used a Pennywise’s kind being. It’s a declared quote, I wrote it plain and clear in the credits, thanking S.K. for his inspiration through the years, since I was a kid. Of course, I didn’t just take Stephen’s creation and put it in my novel, I used a younger version, a newborn monster just awaken from a long sleep, and I characterized it in a slightly different way (no mention
!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!
of alien origin, less control over its powers, etc…) and, most importantly, I merged it in the city where the story is set: Naples. So, instead of a clown named Pennywise, we have a Pulcinella mask (and other forms like “Munaciello”) named “Jerry” (that sounds alike “Derry”); even the transformations in scary shapes are in the mood of Naples’ inhabitants and their terrors.
So, here’s the question: as fan, do you like the idea of such a use of a Stephen’s character? Are you intrigued to see a monster of Penny’s kind acting in Italy, using the local folklore to engage children and scare people? Just consider that I would have used a shapeshifting-fear eating monster in my book anyway, even without all the quotes, Easter eggs and referrals to IT that I enjoyed so much to write.
So, please, let me know what you think about it! Thank you and sorry for the long post.
Long days and pleasant nights.
(Marco Cardone)
 

Cattivotenente

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Feb 1, 2019
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Go for it Cattivotenente! As long as it is different enough not to be Pennywise. Make it unique. Welcome and have fun, mal
Thank you for your opinion (it' what I was looking for, need to understand if it's exciting, indifferent or even offensive for a fan). To be honest, I think I've done quite a good job, treating our mutual friend with all the respect it :)D) deserves and, though, letting it well recognizable. The novel's parts in which it is present could almost be an IT's spin off, but the different location and the creature's age change enough to make clear we're not talking about Pennywise.
If you're in the mood, let me also know what do you think about the cover, anyway (I didn't decide it, my publisher did):


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doowopgirl

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Hi everybody. Sorry for the clickbait title, but it has more that some truth indeed. First of all, I asked the staff before posting here, and I’ve got green light. So, I would like your opinion, folks! I’m a writer and I needed a shapeshifting creature for my next novel (second of a series), which will be published next may in Italy (only there and only in Italian, I’m not spamming here). The plot required a boggart-like monster; now, being a Stephen’s huge fan and not a Rowling’s one, the idea came to my mind and I couldn’t resist: I used a Pennywise’s kind being. It’s a declared quote, I wrote it plain and clear in the credits, thanking S.K. for his inspiration through the years, since I was a kid. Of course, I didn’t just take Stephen’s creation and put it in my novel, I used a younger version, a newborn monster just awaken from a long sleep, and I characterized it in a slightly different way (no mention
!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!
of alien origin, less control over its powers, etc…) and, most importantly, I merged it in the city where the story is set: Naples. So, instead of a clown named Pennywise, we have a Pulcinella mask (and other forms like “Munaciello”) named “Jerry” (that sounds alike “Derry”); even the transformations in scary shapes are in the mood of Naples’ inhabitants and their terrors.
So, here’s the question: as fan, do you like the idea of such a use of a Stephen’s character? Are you intrigued to see a monster of Penny’s kind acting in Italy, using the local folklore to engage children and scare people? Just consider that I would have used a shapeshifting-fear eating monster in my book anyway, even without all the quotes, Easter eggs and referrals to IT that I enjoyed so much to write.
So, please, let me know what you think about it! Thank you and sorry for the long post.
Long days and pleasant nights.
(Marco Cardone)
Welcome to the board. I suppose as long as it's not a blatant rip off and well done, then it's good.
 

Cattivotenente

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Feb 1, 2019
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Welcome to the board. I suppose as long as it's not a blatant rip off and well done, then it's good.
Thank you very much. I can see that the main concern is about being or not a (ugly) copy, and I'm glad for this. I was afraid of much more critical reactions. So, I'll collect for what I've sown, and I'm ok with this.
 
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