Monday, November 10, 2008

There are lots of different ways to do storytelling . . .

But I think this is one I will never understand. Apparently there's a great deal of turmoil surrounding the current season of Heroes. I know nothing of current television, but this article in the New York Times caught my eye. There are definitely a few cooks in the kitchen when it comes to making books, but this is something else entirely.

I can imagine this would be something like novelist hell: A third of the way through the book, the executives were concerned about the direction of the ratings thus far--"too many characters," they say or "people are saying they can't follow the episodes' plots"--so the novelist tries to correct things, but he's already set things in motion, headed inexorably toward certain conflicts. Thus, halfway through the season, the author pads down to his office/kitchen in his pajamas, souvenir Author's Guild mug full of coffee, for another afternoon at the keyboard (yes, this is what editors think). Only his laptop is locked. Someone from HR appears from the bathroom and informs him that he's got fifteen minutes to pack up his things ("But this is my house!"). Meanwhile, a fashionably dressed 23-year-old is casually seated at the author's kitchen counter, sipping green tea from a stylish mug. "We've decided to take the book in a new directi0n." The 23 year old glances up from his iPhone and waves. . . .