Thursday, December 2

Collective creation, the great forgotten in literature

Jorge Díaz, Antonio Mercero and Agustín Martínez receive the Planeta Award.

Jorge Díaz, Antonio Mercero and Agustín Martínez receive the Planeta Award.

The trio of writers and screenwriters Jorge Díaz, Antonio Mercero and Agustín Martínez, who until Friday night, when they won the Planeta Prize with the book ‘The beast’, hid behind the pseudonym Carmen Mola, consider that “collective creation is not so valued in literature“as in other arts.

In an interview for EFE of the planetary trio, Agustín Martínez explains that “in other arts such as painting or music collective creation is more assumed than in literature” and attributes this circumstance to the fact that among writers “the fight of egos“is” more present. ”

They do not believe that the fact of “having come out of the anonymity closet” is going to mean the end of Carmen Mola: “We will continue combining Carmen Mola’s books with our projects personal as writers: the only difference is that now we can stop lying to our friends, “says Jorge Díaz.

‘The beast’ has meant taking a further step in the career of Carmen Mola, until now more focused on the pure noir novel with a series starring the police officer Elena Blanco. With the winning novel of the Planet they wanted Carmen Mola to “grow up” with “a hybrid between the noir genre and the historical novel, although it retains many of the elements of the previous novels, that black atmosphere, the plot of ‘thriller’, the style, “Martinez rejoins.

And Jorge Díaz adds: “We had made detective novels, but we wanted to try the historical genre and a different type of novel, which reflected the times that we have had to live recently with the pandemic, but, as we were not sure of what the future would be like, but the past, we turned our eyes to the 19th century “. In that sense, adds Antonio Mercero, “Carmen Mola’s readers will recognize her in this book through a search for a police plot and the portrait of society’s violence, in this case from the 19th century, but the repercussion of the award will cause other audiences to join in. ”

The three underline that working with six hands “more than a difficulty it is an incentive“because” you always learn from your peers and talent is not multiplied by three, but by five or ten. “In that” rapport “that everyone wields, Díaz highlights a primary quality:” The humility of accepting that an idea that you think it’s great it won’t be so great if the other two dismiss it. ”

‘The gypsy bride’, on the way to tv

That naturalness with which they work as a team as writers and at the same time individually as scriptwriters has made two of them, Jorge Díaz and Antonio Mercero, working on the television adaptation from the first installment of Elena Blanco’s saga, ‘La novia gitana’.

The work is already in preproduction, could begin filming in January and hit platforms in the fall, in what could be called “a fun round trip between the novel and the series.” They never thought of a specific actress for the character of Elena Blanco, because, as Díaz warns, they are aware that “then there is a ‘casting’ director, and so many people work in television work that you can’t get into things like that “.

Jorge Díaz and Agustín Martínez, co-writers of the series ‘Víctor Ros’, do not believe that a parallel can be established with the winning novel of the Planet, beyond having happened in the 19th century. ‘The beast’ is set in Madrid in 1834, when the city was ravaged by a cholera epidemic and the fence that surrounded the city since the time of Felipe IV still exists. “At the time of ‘Víctor Ros’, at the end of the 19th century, there was an important leap in society, the fence is no longer there, and that world is much closer to the one we know today,” says Díaz.

‘The beast’ is written with a omniscient narrator in the third person and in the present, “to give more speed to the narration,” notes Mercero; and that narrator, as Díaz says, “although he is not a camera, he tells what is happening in the scene.”

The promotional tour for the Planeta award must be adapted to each individual’s personal projects. Agustín Martínez has just made “a series with Netflix that will be released early next year and the third season of ‘The hunt’ for TVE”, while the other two will begin with the scripts for ‘The gypsy bride’. Furthermore, Jorge Díaz has begun to work on a personal novel; and Mercero, who is also immersed in an individual novel, will begin to adapt ‘The Purple Network’, the second installment of the Elena Blanco saga, which will also be adapted for television.

Totally “virgins before the experience of a promotional tour in Planet”, what the three of them are clear about is that it will turn them into “hotel and train writers“.

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