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Kudos for Good Writing

Of course I love to read, but I'm a fan of good writing for the movies, television, or anywhere else it applies (like advertisements). 

Just last night I was struck by the fact that some of the best writing being done now is on the series done for HBO and Showtime.

I was burnt by a short lived series called John From Cincinnati that was on HBO. It was a series about God, aliens, family, and most importantly, surfing. However, it was cancelled after the first season leaving a zillion unanswered questions. I can see why it was cancelled since it was very much out of the mold of mind numbing pablum that the general public demands. It required a lot of thought and didn't serve up any easy answers. Nonetheless, it was a phenomenal show and I highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind putting in a wee bit of effort to try and understand the ideas behind it. Plus, you may spot something i didn't and be able to share your insights with me.

I've told you before of my fondness of True Blood. Unlike the books, the series just seems to get better as it goes on and doesn't bounce around as much. The books appear disjointed and at times the author completely disregards the timelines she has created,which can cause a but of confusion. This is one of the times when a screen adaptation actually surpasses, or at least enhances, the books since you can now envision the characters she discusses. I think the writers of the small screen versions have done a great job of taking the basic idea behind a single book and turning it into a season long series.

Boardwalk Empire is one that I waited until the second season to start watching, primarily because I wasn't sure that it would make it to Season 2 and I didn't want to get disgusted again. I watched Season 2, and then bought Season 1 on DVD so that I could catch the back stories. It is absolutely phenomenal. Steve Buscemi is a great actor, he always has been in everything he has played, but they have finally managed to find a role that is big enough to allow him to be a non-typical leading man. However, it isn't his acting that makes the show it is definitely the writing. The characters are complex and deep, the story lines fold and unfold, and history is interwoven with fiction. I did hate the turn that Season 2 took at the end, with the loss of a great character, but we'll see how the show develops next season.

That's enough for today, other than to urge you to read my books. I'm still hard at work on the second book in both the Junebug and the Noah Chance series as well as working on another novel and occasionally piddling with my zombie screenplay.

The books should be available in printed form soon but in the meantime you can find them all at my author's page on Amazon.com and on BarnesAndNoble.com for the Nook reader at here, here and here.

Sookie Stackhouse – A Great Job of Using Place and Character

Anyone who wants to be an author also needs to be a reader. 

I am and always have been a voracious reader, just as Junebug is in Junebug and the Body. I read almost every kind of book that is out there and recently began reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, brought to the screen in the HBO series True Blood.. The novels are set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, La. but if you listen to the distances and references in the books it is obvious that, in the author's mind, Bon Temps isn't far from my home town of Natchitoches, La. 

One day I want to meet Ms. Harris and ask her if she ever lived around here because she has done a fantastic job of capturing characters and the ambience of the area.

I was reading one section today and wanted to put it here because I think the language and  feel it evokes is great. The language isn't flowery and probably couldn't be considered prose, but it is on the money as far as accuracy.

This is from Dead as a Doornail. The setup is:

Sookie is at the hospital visiting a man who is also a shape shifter, technically a were-panther. The man was shot from ambush by an unknown sniper. In the last book he had indicated that he would like to marry and protect Sookie.

"My Gran would have urged me to accept Calvin's offer. He was a steady man, was a shift leader at Norcross, a job that came with good benefits. You might think that's laughable, but wait until you have to pay for insurance all by yourself, then laugh."

It's a short passage, just a snippet from a longer paragraph, but Ms. Harris has caught a very, very real part of the psyche behind the men in that part of Louisiana taking a particular job. Good benefits.

It is these type of real world details that make her books sing with realism, even when dealing with vampires, were-people, and witches.

I'm putting an Amazon link at the bottom of this post to the 8 book boxed set. I wish I had bought it at the start because I would have saved money