What the Winchesters did for me. TV and character.
Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me today at Sinfully for another one of my monthly author columns. Today I thought I’d chat about TV characters and how they can improve your writing.
A few years ago when I was working the EDJ (evil day job) full-time, and writing during every spare possible moment, I didn’t watch much TV. I tended to watch sitcoms when I could since those episodes were usually about thirty minutes long. I did go to the movies every weekend and was pretty up to date on those, but the idea of sitting down in front of the TV on a specific day for an hour every week to watch a TV show was laughable. My ever changing work schedule alone would guarantee I missed an episode or three.
And then came Netflix.
Welcome to the wonderful world of TV binging. I knew just where to start. For years, friends had been telling me about this TV show called Supernatural. Something about brothers hunting monsters. The family business. Lots of plaid. The guys were gorgeous and the premise sounded like fun. Bring it on.
Several weeks and seven seasons later, you could say I was hooked. Actually, you could say I was a wee bit (read a lot) obsessed. Not so much because of the storyline, but the characters. As a writer, and someone who’s always adored creating characters, I was enthralled with the Winchesters. In those seven seasons I watched these two characters get dragged to hell and back. Literally. These characters grew and evolved from season to season. They were complex, constantly forced to sacrifice and give, and when there was no more to give, give some more. I cried for these guys. Ugly tears. Dean stole my heart and trampled on it with his one single man-tear. They made me laugh, made me worry, made me scream at them in frustration. There was colorful language involved. I won’t lie.
It occurred to me that I couldn’t think of another show that had ever run me through such a range of emotions like this. (I’ve heard of Game of Thrones. I’m not sure I’m ready for that level of emotional compromise). That these characters were so real, they’d become a part of my life. It hit me then how freaking fantastic the writing on this show was, especially where these characters were concerned, and having the perfect actors sealed the deal. No one can play Dean Winchester like Jensen Ackles, or Sam Winchester like Jared Padalecki.
Supernatural opened the gateway to a new world of TV and fandom that I’d never experienced. I have a weekly schedule now, but that’s beside the point. Watching Supernatural made me even more aware of character. I mean, in this show there is nothing that hasn’t been done to Dean and Sam Winchester. To the point where—and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way—I think “please Supernatural gods give these boys some happy in the end” because sweet baby Jesus, really?
Supernatural is a love story. A love story between two brothers. Not that kind of story you dirty birdy. A story about the bond between two brothers who fall and stumble, who make mistakes, terrible mistakes, but are always willing to sacrifice whatever it takes for each other and those they care about. They can be pigheaded, stubborn, sweet, and funny. They’re weary and have felt pain like no one else, but they keep going, together. Every week I patiently wait for a new episode and I’ll continue to do so for Dean and Sam Winchester.
What’s your favorite TV character and why?
Love In Retrograde
Available 11th May
Published: May 11, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the Society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.
Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.
Meet Charlie Cochet
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
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