Monday, March 9, 2009


I'm watching the TV show Heroes right now. The first season of Heroes was fantastic in my book. They had me watching every week. Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.

Last season was ehhhhh. I didn't get into it as much as I did the first season.

They have been trying to come back the second part of this season.

The reason it worked for me and why it's starting to again is because of characters. Strong characterization can suck me in anytime.

I've seen characters take on new life. I've seen characters who could have been totally unsympathetic become, if not heroic, interesting to watch. Dexter anyone? Sylar from Heroes? Heck, Clooney's original character from ER was a drunk.

A lot of that is the actor who portrays them.

As authors we don't have that advantage of actors to bring our characters to life. But we can do that. With writing. Quirks. Characteristics. Actions that speak more than words. Careful consideration. Fabulous dialogue. All those things can make the character pop from the page.

An author's toolbox is full. And here's hoping I use it on this next story. I hope to stretch myself.

Mechele Armstrong aka Lany of Melany Logen


Karen McCullough said...

HI Mechele --

I'm with you on HEROES. I loved it the first season; was totally hooked. They lost me completely the second season and I stopped watching. My daughter said I should try it again now and I have, but I'm still not sold on it.

The plot isn't grabbing me and it seems to be dominated by some of the least interesting characters, although I am intrigued by what they're doing with Sylar.

They could take a lesson from LOST on how to recover from a second-season slump.

Mechele Armstrong said...

It's really disappointing because I was so so hooked that first season.

Sylar is the most interesting character. It's sad when you starting going they really need to kill X off. *sigh* I hope they find their footing.

N.J.Walters said...

Like you, I think Heroes is back on track this season. I'm enjoying it a lot more than last season. I only hope they keep it up.