My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is a mishmash of books, movies, writers and TV shows that have in one way or another taught me something about writing and helped me be a better writer. Some inspired my own stories and a few taught me what not to do. Each post is a one minute lesson on writing. Also stop by the IWSG blog for some writing inspiration for April.
This one if for your Heather M. Gardner. The TV show, The X-Files, broke new ground on TV. It was a strange show with a dark atmosphere, some dark humor and opened the door for all kinds of speculative fiction. It also was a show that gave new meaning to faithful (didn't say rabid, Heather) fans and one of the most
infamous 'ships' in TV history as fans wished for Mulder and Scully to get the romance thing going. The duo investigated all types of strange phenomenon that may or may not have to do with paranormal or alien influences. This show opened the doors for such favorites to come like Supernatural, True Blood and other shows of speculative fiction. If you want to know more about The X-Files please visit Heather M. Gardner.
Lesson: Humanity speculates about the unknown. Readers as well as TV viewers enjoy all kinds of speculative fiction so let your imagination soar. Try to think of something unique. Some romance and sexual tension can add depth and raise the stakes in a story. Even if writing a dark story, a little humor adds something to the tale.
Scully: Mulder, toads just fell from the sky!
Mulder: I guess their parachutes didn't open.
Scully: You have seen this before, I can tell. You lied to them.
Mulder: I would never lie. I willfully participated in a campaign of misinformation
Mulder: You know, they say when you talk to God it's prayer, but when God talks to you, it's schizophrenia.
Do you believe in aliens? Were, are, you a fan of The X-Files? What was the best part of the series, the humor, the relationship, the plots or the spooky atmosphere?