Has anyone else been more critical of television shows, movies, what-have-you since becoming writers? I find that I cannot just sit and watch a television show or movie anymore without over-analyzing all the characters.
(Plot is important too, of course, but that also reflects my writing style. I tend to focus on the characters first and then the plot.)
For instance, Rachel and I have been binge-watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because they are awesome (hey, don’t laugh — they were, and are, a huge part of our childhoods!). We have the first couple of seasons of the newest version of the show from Nickelodeon along with the first season of the 2003 cartoon. We tend to find ourselves discussing the characters’ personalities and motivations (along with the fact that Nickelodeon April O’Neil is a really special snowflake and how she can be annoying) while watching.
We did the same thing when we watched Michael Bay’s first live-action TMNT movie (not as bad as we thought after watching it the second time, but definitely not a favorite). We had to keep pausing the movie the first time we watched it to yell and laugh at the screen for bad characterization, plot holes, and visible cameramen.
I suppose it’s the same thing when we read books. Some character may do something that I really didn’t expect or agree with, and I start thinking about what I would have done differently had I been the writer.
Thinking on it now, this all gave me my start as a writer. Fanfiction was my first foray into writing because I wanted to play with the characters, to see what I could do with their personalities. It’s all one big circle.