No new Castle or Hawaii Five-O to talk about this week, but next week's episodes look dang good. But I got to thinking last night, what is it that really draws me to these shows?
I started watching Castle because it was about a writer and it was sort of like living vicariously for me. I would love to follow a police detective around for a while. But then I really started to love the characters. Nathan Fillion is adorable and plays being a writer so well. I loved the sparks between him and Beckett from the very beginning and that she was a fan of his books, but didn't want to let him know (since he's got a bit of an ego.) I've loved seeing their relationship evolve from sparks to something much deeper. So, yes, the cases are fun and have led to great moments, but it's really about the relationships for me not only between the main characters, but the whole team.
Hawaii Five-O is sort of the same. I was drawn to a Navy SEAL heading up a task force in Hawaii. I've loved the cases that show things unique to Hawaii and yes, I love all the scenery they show every week (I love you Hawaii) not to mention all the beautiful people. The explosions and car chases and gunfights are also pretty cool, but lately, I've loved seeing how Steve has interacted with Catherine. There's just something about a romance being added to the action that draws me in deep. It just brings another dimension to the table that I love and makes for must-see TV for me.
As I thought about all my favorite shows, I realized it's been that way for a long time. Scarecrow and Mrs. King, lots of action with a side of romance. Alias, TONS of spy action with a really great angsty romance. Even 24 had lots of gritty action and some romance for poor Jack. (RIP Renee).
Not surprisingly, that's how I write my books, too. Lots of action with a side of romance. The story that I'm almost finished with follows that pattern, as well, and so, for the most part, I'm producing books that I'd like to read. Or writing books in the same genre as shows I like to watch on television. Which is probably a good thing, since I'm doing something I love and that hopefully others love, too.
What about you? Do you love romance more than action? What genres are your favorites? If you're a Castle or Hawaii Five-O fan, what draws you?