Last weekend Nerd Like You got very lucky indeed – we managed to score a very cool interview with the authors of Fringe: September’s Notebook…yes the book we handed out 5 Nerds to last week, the only book to so far score so well (we are a tough bunch over here so when a book gets 5 Nerds, you know you have to drop what you are doing, pick up a copy and get it read stat).
The lovely Tara Bennett and very awesome Paul Terry bared their souls and told us *top secret secrets.
*Please note that I am using the word ‘secret’ in the loosest of terms, though I like to think some secrets were shared.
Please also note that this interview is chock-full of juicy nerdy awesomeness – so much nerdy awesomenesss that if you are a fan of Tara’s, Paul’s and especially if you are a fan of Fringe then by the end of reading this interview a giant smile may become a permanent fixture on your face. – There, you have been warned…
Tara Bennett and Paul Terry: The Interview
Please can you tell our readers about yourselves? Who are you, what planet do you hail from and what do you nerd out over?
I am PT, and I hail from Planet Nerd. I geek out about – among hundreds of other things – sharks, David Lynch, monster films, Devin Townsend, Rhys Darby, writing music, Darren Aronofsky, Mark Z. Danielewski, Dean Learner, The Prisoner, fizzy sour jelly candy, and Tina Fey.
And I am Tara Bennett from Planet LV426. I nerd out over TV shows (Buffy, Angel, BSG, Pushing Daisies, Lost, Fringe), movies (Aliens, original Star Wars, etc) and books like The Hunger Games, The Night Circus, and too many more to count. I have an addiction to British chocolate (which PT happily obliges) and a strange obsession with otters.
What is the best thing about writing companion books?
We love the tangible, tactile experience of books and magazines – they still beat an electronic reader/Kindle hands down for an immersive, engaging experience. When it comes to publications that in some way support a show that you really admire, it’s a huge thrill to be able to be involved with this side of the industry. I love how companion pieces give the fans something extra to their experience of a franchise. Sometimes that experience is a ‘making of’ with cast and crew interviews, and that was what most of the magazines I’ve been the editor of have involved.
However, what I’m so thrilled about it that my first two books that I’ve had the honour of doing with Tara have approached the concept of a companion guide from very different angles. The LOST Encyclopedia was written in-world, as though everything actually happened on the island. But with the Fringe book, we really got to craft the kind of companion that has been our dream book, conceptually. Having it be written and compiled from September’s perspective – there was a huge amount of trust from the show with that, and the whole experience, especially as it evolved to be a part of the show’s on-screen mythology, has been just a massive honour. Tara and I have this short-hand with each other which a wonderful way of working together – we know the way each other’s brains/hearts works, so with projects like this – where you have to sort of feel your way through the process, and ultimately make it an emotionally satisfying experience for the fans. I feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to do these books with Tara.
I agree. As a kid, I was enamored with film and then television so I was always buying “making of” magazines, book and novelizations of the franchises I loved the most. Reading about how creative minds make their visions come to life led to my own degree in film and television production. I worked in that arena for almost a decade and then began writing on the side. I ended up going back to those early writing inspirations, and my passion for sharing the stories of other passionate creators, and turning it into a new career, which I am blessed to do now.