As a writer, I occasionally bend reality to fit my needs but some things absolutely need to stay true. Since we don’t have cable I’ve become addicted to hulu.com. If you haven’t checked this site out, it’s awesome! A lot of new shows on tv are played a day or a week after they air on hulu (for free). As I’m slightly addicted to Burn Notice now I don’t have to miss my hottie Michael Westen every week. Okay, moving on and wiping the drool from my face.
Hulu also airs old shows that went off the air. There’s a show that shall remain nameless that went off the air in 2006 that I recently discovered. Basic rundown of the show. It’s about a group of FBI crisis negotiators and the FBI’s hostage rescue team (HRT). In the first episode one of the FBI’s crisis negotiators traded herself for the hostages. That would never, ever happen. Like ever. Unless that person wanted to get fired of course. Still, I can live w/ that mainly because I’ve seen it done before on tv so it’s almost as if that faux pas is accepted. The second episode however just pissed me off. The negotiator convinced one of the hostages to go back into the hostage situation. That would never happen. EVER. I might watch another episode, only if I’m bored or perhaps for blog fodder but that second episode pretty much lost me. I’m all for creative license in fiction but there are some things that need to stay true to life. This showed how little research the writers had actually done and it irked me something fierce. No surprise the show isn’t on anymore.
What about you? What’s forgivable in fiction? Not paranormal stuff, but basic contemporary fiction whether it’s romantic suspense, historical, or erotic? What’s not? I really hope I’m not guilty of some of your ‘nots’!