A writer and blogger who focuses on television and books. Also, he likes hummus.
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The Use of Voice Overs in TV Shows: Effective or Distraction?
There have been a number of TV shows that have used voice overs. Such examples would be Veronica Mars, Burn Notice, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs and Dead Like Me. Do voice overs add anything to the story lines or are they merely a distraction? Why are voice overs used? Should they be used more or less often? Are there examples of TV shows that have used voice overs, but weren’t really effective? On the flip side, are there TV shows that could have used voice overs to help add depth or clarity to the story lines?
Is society uncomfortable with suicidal literary characters?
Mental illness in general is a delicate topic in today’s society. Mention the word suicide, and people instantly get uncomfortable and disturbed. Is it socially acceptable for a writer to write a story about a person with a mental illness who is suicidal? Should we encourage writers to write about potentially controversial topics and themes, or should they stick with those that are more conventional and would make readers more comfortable?