Between the Lines: Series haunts YouTube, gathers spooky enormous numbers

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 8:28 PM

When was sixteen in two thousand-tenth, she and her actress mother, , brainstormed with producer-director to form a company called Coat Tale Productions and launch a supernatural titled “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.” Officially, it’s Hagen who's credited with creating the series.

Between the Lines: Series haunts YouTube, gathers spooky enormous numbers

What’s that elderly saying about anything being possible? Attempt this digital-age case study of a YouTube supernatural Web series that turned into two best-selling books, was optioned and is in development for a TV series.

When was sixteen in two thousand-tenth, she and her actress mother, , brainstormed with producer-director to form a company called Coat Tale Productions and launch a supernatural titled “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.” Officially, it’s Hagen who's credited with creating the series.

The premise: The adopted Sunshine Griffith (played by McKenzie) and her mother (played by Rose) have moved from TX to WA state to start a new life. Unfortunately, their house is possessed by spirits and demons intent on doing a whole lot of harm, particularly to Mom. To “document” the eerie happenings and assistance solve the scary mysteries of what and why, Sunshine videotapes the unusual phenomena and posts them on YouTube in brief episodes (about two minutes).

In its first year, the indicate racked up more than four million hits, mostly from a core audience of ’tweens and youthful teens, and hasn’t slowed down. Presently the series has one hundred ninety million views on the (). It's been described as “a 21st-century Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Veronica Mars.”

“(Coat Tale) was soon approached by an agent, asking Paige to write a book based on the series,” said publicist Rhalee Hughes, speaking for the publisher, Weinstein Books. Veteran YA novelist Alyssa Sheinmel was brought aboard to work with Hagen on the book’s legend line and with McKenzie on the writing, as she did for the sequel, “The Awakening of Sunshine Girl.”

The resulting hardback edition of the first book, “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl,” appeared in March two thousand fifteen and has sold 100.000 copies, while the newly released paperback version of that title recently reached The NY Times best-seller lists (Weinstein Books, $10, three hundred eleven pages). The magazine Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Sunshine’s adventure is filled with bumps in the night and shadowy figures, alluding to a larger mystery and larger world that's plenty to proposal imaginative readers who grew up on ‘Goosebumps.’ Sunshine discovers some things about her past that set her on a path she could never have imagined.”

The new hardback sequel, “Awakening,” had an initial press running of 100.000 and was released March one (Weinstein Books, $16, three hundred four pages). “Alyssa and Paige wrote the first two books together,” Hughes said, “but presently that Paige understands the ropes more, she'll do the third book by herself.”

How does Hughes clarify such viral success? “(The episodes) can draw in audiences quickly and they can binge on them,” she said. “They’re fast satisfaction. Supernatural is huge, and (Coat Tale) has tapped into a younger YouTube audience than most of the other (ghost story) authors. Paige (who lives close Portland) is adorable and her fans like her. Plus, we’ve had tremendous support from booksellers in keeping the books in grand placement (in their stores). I realize the script for the TV series has already been written.”

Visit McKenzie at .

Two tales of the Titanic

Let’s dovetail a new historical novel with some dining history:

The date was April fifteen, one thousand nine hundred twelve. While the British passenger liner RMS Titanic slowly sank into the icy waters of the N Atlantic after striking an iceberg, the desperate crew fired eight distress rockets into the inky sky, hoping for assistance from another ship a few miles away, the SS Californian. But the rockets were ignored and more than 1.500 people perished. An international scandal followed.

After years of research, former Australian merchant navy officer David Dyer speculates on what may have happened aboard the Californian that fateful night in “The Midnight Watch” (St. Martin’s, $27, three hundred thirty-six pages; on sale Tuesday, April five).

As for the dining part, the all-things-food-and-drink website The Daily Snack looked at some of the that were salvaged from the wreckage and ended up as displays in various museums (). The luxury liner didn’t skimp on quality and choice: First-class passengers dined on the likes of salmon with mousseline sauce, filet mignon, chicken Lyonnaise, lamb with mint sauce and roast duck. The fare in second and third classes was more pedestrian: rice soup, roast beef with brown gravy, fish, steak and kidney pie, capon, corned beef and the like.

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