Monday, October 25, 2010

Things That Make You Scream!

It's the start of the last week of October. Can you believe when I post next week it will be November 1st? And don't forget we have Jennette Green here next Monday. She'll be giving us a great writing tip and we'll be giving a book away for a lucky commenter.
So MAKE SURE you check back in next Monday---November!!!

Okay, confession time here.

There are two shows I watch. Castle and Brothers and Sisters. Two weeks ago when I was watching Brothers and Sisters I found myself scraming at the television. Yes, my husband will verify that I was very loudly yelling--straight at the television.

What was I yelling you ask?

Well, before I tell you I have to set up the scene. Justin and Rebecca thought they were half-brother and sister. But with the chemistry those two had one knew they really weren't. And they weren't. They knew they had different mothers, but then they found out they had different fathers. So, they could fall in love. And they did. But then there were problems. Justin's a recovering addict, Rebecca has issues with her mother. Actually, Rebecca's mother was Justin's father's mistress for over 30 years. Yeah, I know, that's too much information. So, fast forward to now. Justin and Rebecca are divorced. (they were married in season last season and divorced.) But they still love each other.
So, Rebecca comes over to Justin's house because of an issue with her mother. Anyway, she just needed to talk to Justin. So they chatted for a couple of minutes then she said she coudn't do this anymore and started to leave. He stopped her and told her she needed to stay, that he still loved her.
She looked at him.
He looked at her.

This is where I come in. Yelling-remember?
"Kiss her! Kiss her, Justin, kiss her!"

Then he kissed her.

Ah. I smiled. I did.

Isn't that the type of reaction we want when people read our books? We want the reader to be invested in our characters! So invested that the reader screams at the characters! Well, they don't have to scream, but you get the point. We want them to feel and connect with the people we have created.

What about you? Is there a book or television show that has caused you to react out loud when the character is or isn't doing something you think they should? We would love to hear about your losing control incident!!

Lindi Peterson
Happy Endings Are Just The Beginning


  1. I've never really yelled or talked to TV characters, though I have told my husband often what I thought of them. My family thinks I'm crazy when I chuckle at the book I'm reading or if they look over and I'm full out crying (doesn't happen often 'cause I don't like sad books).

    Books have always affected me deeper than TV shows. I think it's because I can get into the character more in a book than movie due to the interanl glimpse a novel gives us into the characters.

  2. Dianna,

    I once cried on the Marta train on my way to work reading a Danielle Steele book.
    I don't know who was looking at me, but I didn't care.

  3. I was just crying last night over a book - gotta agree with Dianna, I rarely pick up books where I know the subject matter will get to me, but in this case I really wanted to read this author's book. I'd much rather laugh out loud with a book though (yes it happens, and when it does it surprises me too). :)

    Lindi, I can relate to the TV thing. I love watching TV with people so we can all chit chat about it. But, the other week, for reasons I won't bore you with, I watched one of the new episodes of Beverly Hills 90210. I had never seen the new series before and wanted to compare it to the older version. My family however, wishes I hadn't. lol My jaw never closed the whole entire show. Has anyone else watched any of these "high school" shows?

  4. This has happened many times with various books. Maybe not yelling but a huff or a moan will escape my lips. Of course, my husband looks at me like I'm crazy. I love a book that gets me charged up!

  5. Eva,

    I was a big fan of the old 90210. I haven't seen the new one. My daughter watches all of them. Her age group loves the old shows like that.
    I'll watch an episode of Hannah Montana now and then. I always laugh and like you Eva I love to laugh.

  6. Ciara,
    Husbands do tend to look at us crazy huh? I guess they just don't get the emotion! It has to come out.

  7. TV?! What is TV?

    Lol, I'm so out of everything now, I keep missing my favorite Dancing with the Stars. I haven't yelled at a tv show in a while...

  8. Lindi, you are so funny! But I've done the same thing with movies.