Shows That Inspired Spellbound
Starring Edward Norton
Adrian is more of an illusionist than a magician in Enchantment. I like how he and Gray rely less on magic, and more on their human abilities. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of magic.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlett Johansson
This movie about rival stage magicians is dark, morbid, and twisted. In other words, I loved it! Even more than The Illusionist, the stage performances in The Prestige were an inspiration for the third Spellbound book.
Starring Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, and Skeet Ulrich
This is one of my favorite witchy movies. Loner characters appeal to me, especially when they can call on their inner strength to battle evil the way Sarah Bailey does.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer
I was sold on this show the moment Harold, the boy magician, took a chainsaw to his young assistant and she started screaming as though she were really being killed. Adrian and Gray have a similar scene when Gray ends up on stage as Adrian’s unwilling volunteer (thanks to her pushy new friends).
Starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie
Labyrinth was a huge inspiration for the series, especially Duplicity. Adrian’s fixation on Gray reminded me of The Goblin King’s obsession with Sarah. I listened to the soundtrack a lot while writing Spellbound Two.
One of my favorite scenes is when Sarah loses her memory temporarily and appears dressed in a gown at a masquerade as Jareth (aka: The Goblin King) watches her while “As The World Falls Down”
plays in the background.
Labyrinth has such killer lines. People gush over “You complete me,” from Jerry McGuire, but those lines can’t hold a candle to “You have no power over me.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and, my favorite witch, Alyson Hannigan
I saved the best for last. Buffy is by far my greatest inspiration. I saw it for the first time three years ago at a time when I was burnt out with the lack of progress I was making finding an agent for my historical romance novels. (Agents kept telling me my language was too modern.)
What seemed ridiculous to me at first quickly became an addiction. The sky was the limit in Buffy’s world. Watching the show made me feel like I had permission to let my imagination go wild. It’s always been wild in my head, but I felt like there was an audience out there who wouldn’t wonder what was wrong with me.
Series: Spellbound #3
Author: Nikki Jefford
Reading level: Young Adult
Release Date: April 6th 2013
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Barcelona. Summer escape. Or so Graylee Perez thought until her old adversary, Adrian Montez, brings his magic show to Spain.
Gray seeks out a Spanish wizard to help banish Adrian from her life once and for all. Instead, she tumbles headfirst into a love spell with the arrogant warlock.
After Gray follows Adrian to Paris, she must face her true feelings and decide if Adrian’s worth fighting for.
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