The fall television season is upon us. Recently, I posted on Facebook about my excitement regarding the return of Poldark (Season 2) to PBS on Sunday nights. If you haven’t seen the show, you should. I believe you can still stream the first season on Amazon Prime. Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark is reason enough to watch it. LOL!
Anyway, someone on Facebook asked me if I watch movies and TV show for entertainment or if I am always studying plot and craft and dialogue and so forth.
But what I hope, when I go to the movies or watch a favorite show on TV or read a book, is that I will be carried away by the story and forget for a while that I am a novelist. When my internal editor clicks on, that spoils the enjoyment a little.
Poldark is based upon a series of novels by Winston Graham that were written in the 1940s. I have never read them. But the son of the author read excerpts from the books during a special about the series, and that sealed my decision to buy the first book. The descriptions of Cornwall were exquisite, to say the least.
Anyway, I have been trying out a few new shows, and I have hopes for a couple of them. Time will tell. Right now, Designated Survivor is high on my list.
As for movies, if you haven’t seen Sully, do so. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Tom Hanks does an amazing job as Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. The movie isn’t nearly as much about the landing in the Hudson as it is the aftermath, and the story is so brilliantly presented that it doesn’t matter that we all saw so much of what happened on the news. And believe me, I completely forgot I was a novelist during the movie.
I guess that is ultimately what I want from all entertainment. Grab me by the throat or the heart and carry me away with the story. Be so good that I then want to/need to/must return again and study all the reasons why I was carried away.
What show or movie has carried you away recently?