Do these same rules apply to Hollywood? Who tells the creators of reality television programs their characters are flat and one-dimensional?
Believe me when I say I find people fascinating. I’ve always enjoyed reading biographies and watching television shows that delve into the psyche of an individual. I watch people wherever I go. I eavesdrop on their conversations. (Sorry. I can’t help it!) I also watch and analyze their mannerisms and body language.
I try to figure out what makes these people tick.
Understanding why a person acts the way they do helps me to create believable, memorable characters that walk off the page. I love to plunk these individuals in the middle of a story, give them a problem, surround them with friends and relatives, and then sit back and watch the mayhem begin.
That said, I rarely watch reality TV programs. I have a hard time believing these are real people in real situations. To me they’re in the spotlight for one reason: they want their 15 minutes of fame. And that’s SO one-dimensional. If fame and fortune is all that makes these people tick, I want more. I need more. I'll turn the channel until I find a real person or character.
Do you agree or disagree? Am I missing the point of these programs?
Today is day 7 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour. I’m visiting with M.M. Gornell, and we’re talking about this very topic. Leave a comment (either here or on her blog) and you will be eligible to win one of three e-copies of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, the first book of my Muriel Reeves Mysteries. The winners will be announced December 9.
Good luck in the draw and happy reading!
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