I’ve always enjoyed the classic mysteries like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventures. Every now and again though, something new comes along and I think “Wow. I wish I’d written that.”
I’ve just seen the trailer for the new series of Dexter, due to air in the US in October (we Brits will have to wait). The premise behind Dexter is simple. A blood splatter analyst with the Miami Metro Police Department just happens to be a serial killer in his spare time. The idea might sound simple but there are many wonderful twists to the stories and the character of Dexter Morgan. I’m an addict. I’m a fan of the books by Jeff Lindsay and by the TV shows, despite the fact that they’re almost unrelated these days.
A few nights ago, I watched the film Crash. I’ve seen it several times and will no doubt watch it again. If you haven’t seen it, this film is about racial tensions in Los Angeles. One of the things I love most is that there isn’t a stereotype to be found in a cast that includes (among others) detectives and criminals, a district attorney and his spoilt wife, a Hollywood director and his wife who fall foul of a racist police officer, a wonderful Persian-immigrant shopkeeper and Hispanic locksmith. The way these characters interact and the seemingly unrelated events unfold is little short of genius. The film deservedly won three Oscars.
At the moment, I’m deep in edits for Silent Witness which releases in March 2012. While I’m working on those, I’ll be aiming to produce a book about which a writer says “Wow. I wish I’d written that.”
What about you? Is there anything you wish you’d written? Do share. I'd love to know!