V is for Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows. It only ran for three seasons which is a bummer but you can watch all those seasons on Netflix which rocks.
Veronica is the daughter of Neptune's former sheriff who now runs his own Private Investigation business after he lost the election.
Veronica's best friend was murdered. Like her father she doesn't believe the man convicted of the murder actually did it.
In between trying to solve the mystery of her best friend's murder Veronica solves mysteries for fellow students at Neptune High.
Fans of Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and the Maggie Quinn, Girl vs. Evil books will like Veronica.
Here's what I learned watching Veronica Mars.
1. Suspense. There are some pretty suspenseful moments in this show. Thank goodness for Netflix so I don't have to wait a week for the next episode.
2. Tension. This show is full of tension.
3. Plot and subplot. Basically the structure of these seasons is that there is one big mystery to solve each school year but then there are little mysteries uncovered along the way. Even when she is tracking down a her classmate's lost dog she we are usually reminded at some point in the episode of the bigger mystery. We always know Veronica wants to solve the big mystery even as she's solving smaller mysteries on the side. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what a character wants when dealing with subplots. But that doesn't happen in this show.
4. Always watch what other characters are doing. Veronica is observant. When writing a scene observe the scene like you are solving a mystery. What are all the characters doing? Is anything out of place or does anyone's behavior seem funny? Show that.
5. Not everything is what it seems.
What is your favorite TV show? Has it made you a better writer?