writinglessons: The Good Fight

I spent a few days watching episodes of The Good Fight with my cousin recently. She’s pregnant and the baby had her sleep cycle on ridiculous, so scripted tv programs were a perfect way to bide the time.

She (my cousin) informed me that The Good Fight (TGF) was a spinoff of The Good Wife. Neither shows had ever been of interest to me and with an already stacked to-watch-list, I didn’t think I should add TGF to my schedule. Boy, am I happy I did.

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Source: Variety

The show is set in the city of Chicago and specifically in the offices of the city’s most prestigious all-Black law firm. You’d think it would be a show about black people and the crucial or tangential issues involving them.

Instead, and quite cleverly, the story is really about three female attorneys trying to find their way at the firm. Two of those attorneys are white (yes, I know it’d obvious from the poster above).

Their race, while sometimes important, is far from crucial to what makes the show so incredible. Its the complicated relationships between themselves and the characters they encounter that produces the tension, conflict and pleasure of this program.

Take Ygritte Maia (lady number 3 in the poster). The complexity for her lies in her relationship with her parents and particularly her father.

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My Favorite Reality TV Shows of 2016

Yes, I watch reality television. Quite a bit of it actually and in 2016, I’ve enjoyed the shows I watch immensely. I wasn’t able to get to this in 2016, so forgive me for slapping it up in 2017.Image result for reality tv

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My Fave (scripted) TV Shows of 2016

I suspect there’s a different version of me. The one who’d rather watch a tv or movie adaptation than read the book on which the production was based. Yes, I watched the Dune films instead of simply reading the books. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Game of Thrones books, but will probably never sink into those hefty tomes. The one exception has been The Expanse by James S.A. Corey and yes, the books are much better than the tv show, which is excellent!

I’ve greatly enjoyed watching television in 2016. Frankly, my increased consumption of scripted tv shows was in an effort to better understand the art of storytelling. My hope was that this would translate into better writing for me. I think it has but even if it hasn’t, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some good quality tv!

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#writinglessons: Aftermath Season 1 Episode 1

I confess – I watch entirely too much tv. Yes, fine, I’ve said it. *covers face in shame*

To justify the amount of tv I consume, I try my best to learn what I can from shows and figure out how those lessons can be applied to my writing in a positive way.

Does that make any sense? Or am I just trying to make excuses to watch more tv?

Uh … yeah.

So, I watched the first episode (pilot) of Aftermath from Syfy and it left me … wondering.

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#WritingLessons from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

I love science fiction and watch it religiously.  Luckily, there are quite a few sci fi franchise options to indulge in, one of which is Star Wars.

Recently, I was on an American Airlines flight and got to watch Star Wars VII for a second time. The first time I watched it, the movie was boring to me. I watched it as a regular consumer of creative content but didn’t feel any attachment to the characters or the story.

So, given that experience, I wasn’t interested in a second viewing, but I am so glad I did it because I learned a lot about storytelling from watching the movie again.  And as a novice writer, I’m happy to take good tips from almost anywhere. (I lie. I’ll take ’em from anywhere.)

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