I admit it. I like television. I watch a lot of it, thanks to the miracious invention of TiVo. Magical hour happens when the kids are in bed. I grab my mounds of laundry, sit in front of my talking educational box and begin to learn.
Just what am I learning by watching singing teenagers, a vampire love triangle, and brain-eating zombie's? I am learning how to pace a story. I am learning how to bring tension into every scene. And I am learning how to increase the stakes.
Today's shows are geared towards audience's whose attentions are not easy to keep. Sometimes I wonder if an amazing book like Pride and Prejudice would work in today's market where teenagers and a lot of adults expect instant gratification.
So where does that leave us as writers? Somehow we need to find a balance of writing as good as the Greats while incorporating the fast paced styles of today.