Did you ever have a conversation with someone who wanted to share a wee bit too much personal info a wee bit to early in your relationship? Mayhap, you didn’t really want to know about your new friend’s gynecological status or something along those lines? I have an ongoing disagreement with my editor about the topic of how much information should be delivered to the reader in the first few chapters. My editor’s perspective runs thusly, “the reader needs to know the basic problem, life situation and pertinent character history to he/she can feel grounded in the story and not overly confused.”
My perspective runs more along these lines: “I want to be confused as a reader. I want to be dropped right into that story and learn the salient bits as I go along.”
You see the conflict here? I feel the first way is too formulaic, reveals too much in the beginning that I want to discover later. The second way, however, can leave the reader confused and prone to putting the book down and never picking it back up. Balancing the two views is the path wherein genius lies and unfortunately, I haven’t attained that status yet!
What about you? Do you like to know the set up from the beginning or are you content to be adrift for a while? Would love to hear your opinion. giving away an Amazon gift card this month!
We’re not quite in Silicon Valley, but you can see it from our backyard. Kidding! In the great cerebral think tank that is our high tech Silicon Valley, we’ve got Stanford, we’ve got Hewlett Packard. There is Oracle and of course, we’ve got your Google and Pixar. This heady, high powered, profit driven culture, lends itself to an intense, soap opera style TV series, doesn’t it? I was surprised to hear that the HBO writers have decided on a different tact with their new series ‘Silicon Valley.’ They’ve banked their success on a comedy, a la The Big Bang Theory.
You’ve got your geeky software engineer, a dot com millionaire and a new music app that could be worth millions. The show will no doubt play on the stereotypes (engineers lacking social skills and greed driven titans) but will the series make Silicon Valley a place where viewers want to hang out? Time will tell, but one thing is certain. Producing a comedy is risky business. One person’s funny is another person’s idiocy. As HBO goes out on a limb and reaches for that elusive laugh, it’s just the kind of risky maneuver that Silicon Valley was built on. Kudos on that gusty move!
What did you think of the show? Are there any comedies on TV that you enjoy now or have in the past? What makes them funny in your view? Would love to hear your comments. Giving away an Amazon card this month.
Oh sure. It’s great fun to examine our heroic qualities, but let’s face it. We’ve got issues, people! That’s why the villain in fiction stories are so darn important. They’ve got to be incredibly bad, yet relatable! If there isn’t some tiny piece of naughty that we can understand, that villain is no good, purely cardboard. I’ve taken one of those “which villain are you?” quizzes and sadly, it’s too true. Was I a brilliant archnemesis type with fearsome mental prowess? Er, no. Was I a villain with ferocious powers that makes mortals tremble at my feet? Um, not really. Who am I? Drizella. You know, Cinderella’s ugly stepsister. Sigh.
Sadly, this is probably truer to life than I’d like to admit. Drizella is not exactly drop dead gorgeous. Check.
Drizella is prone to ugly feelings of envy and discontent. Check.
Drizella can be mean. Oy. Check.
So which villain can you relate to? I would love to hear your thoughts. If you have a moment, you can hop on this website and take a fun quiz to find out which Disney villain is the best match for you. Please tell me there are other Drizellas out there! Giving away an Amazon gift card and book this month.