|This picture will not make you transform into a werewolf|
Monday, 26 March 2012
Respect the Genre
One of my favourite TV shows, Being Human about a werewolf, vampire and ghost living together has left me feeling disappointed this series.
Why? Because they haven't respected the genre.
Episode one of the new series, a werewolf uses a picture of a moon and not a full moon to transform. Werewolves need the real thing to transform.
Last episode of the season, a vampire gets into a house without being invited. Sure he burns but he still gets into the house thus breaking another genre rule. You need to invite a vampire in.
Despite the good writing and acting, these episodes left me deflated. Why? Because as a fan of the genre I hate it when they mess with them. When they break the rules.
Sure they can be innovative – think True Blood that’s turned the vampire genre on its head. Be thought provoking. Do things that have never been done before. But never blatantly break the rules.
Not just in TV writing, but in novel writing too. Because if you don’t like it when writers of TV shows break the rules, chances are readers of your work won’t like it if you do the same.
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