August 9, 2012
Yesterday, I promised more examples of well-written voice and multi-faceted characters. I think great examples of this can be seen in the cable tv series, The Wire.
PARENTAL WARNING: This series is NOT for kids. With graphic violence, terrible language, etc., this is a GROWN-UPS ONLY series!
In this grown-ups only series, David Simon, a former police reporter, has crafted a plot about a police wiretap investigation of suspected drug dealers. He has created characters so rich, that the viewer finds him/herself caring about some of the so-called "bad guys" and loathing some of the so-called "good guys." What he has really done, however, is show the rest of us, that our nation's drug and crime problems can not be solved with the status quo. You may choose to watch it for the social commentary, or you may choose to watch it for stellar examples of crafting believable voice and fully developed characters. If you choose to watch it as a lesson in writing, I suggest you settle in and watch the entire series, (over a couple of weeks) starting with the first season. This way you can appreciate not only the story arc, but the character growth and change over time.
Happy reading and writing,