Sunday, August 28, 2016
When is Bad Writing Good Writing?
After our Sharknado-fest yesterday, got interested in what a group of sharks is called. And no, I'm not going for the tired old lawyer or politician jokes. No, it's called either a gam, herd, frenzy, school, frenzy, or shiver. Naturally, the first thing I wonder is, "Couldn't they just agree on one name for a group of the beasties?" Myself, if I was in the water and saw a batch of them, a shiver seems the perfect description.
But I didn't stop in here today to pick nits about name-calling. After watching the three 'Nado flicks yesterday (There's a fourth one available on DVD, but I don't own that one yet--but I will.) we joked about the awful writing and acting for the shark-infested movies. But was it really? First question we have to ask ourselves is, "Were we entertained?" And the answer is, "Hell, yes!"
So, it gets back to the age-old problem of, okay, this movie, book, TV show, or whatever is a top-notch, well-crafted work, but did I get my money's worth? If the answer is no, then perhaps it wasn't so well-written after all.
Just something to consider.
Keep writing, friends.