Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Theme of the Day is ... Castles

As we speak--er, read?--a group of talented young adult authoresses are spending their days lounging, chatting, and writing in AN IRISH CASTLE! I kid you not. You can read all about Operation Writing Castle (which includes a list of the authors involved) and the details on How To Rent a Castle on Ally Carter's blog. You can even follow their TeamCastle Tweets as they report back live from the emerald isle. Sigh, jealousy. I'm picturing something like this:

(Photo borrowed from the Dunluce Castle website.)

But, alas, there are more big Castle-related doings this week. Namely, the series premiere of ABC's new show, Castle. I knew this show was coming up, but had totally forgotten it until I just happened to tune in to Dancing With the Stars (which I never watch) and then happened to hear them mention Castle starting after the show. Thank goodness!

Castle is about a bestselling mystery author who gets called in by the police department when a pair of murders replicate murders from his book. Soon their on the hunt for a deranged fan ... and maybe more.

What I loved about this show:
  1. Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame). Heart him. Big time. (see above)
  2. Writer as protagonist. Maybe some of his career-related details are a little unbelievable, but, hey, I'm not a bestselling author (yet!) so what do I know? This also relates to my post about Why I Love Psych, where I proposed that Shawn would make a great writer because he's so observant. Now we get to see a writer be a great detective because he's so observant. Love.
  3. Cameos by James Patterson (mega-bestselling author) and Stephen J Cannell (also a bestselling author and producer of almost every great 80s detective show you can think of) at Castle's weekly poker game.
This is one of those shows that I'm afraid isn't going to make it past one season. But I'm determined to enjoy it while I can!


OH. MY. GODS. (available now!)
GODDESS BOOT CAMP (coming June 2009)


TinaFerraro said...

I'm hearing wonderful things about that show, and need to catch it on the web. Now, must ask, is he the one who played an OB on Desperate Housewives last year?

Me said...

Yes, I think so, T. (I don't watch DH, but it's listed in his credits.) Yum. Yum. Yum.

Anonymous said...

Crap, I meant to watch this. I'll have to check out ABC.com and see if it's on there. I'm also afraid to commit for fear of loving and having it canceled but I'll take a chance! ;)
I totally thought the YA author castle thing was a joke. Now I'm just jealous. ;)

Jennifer Rummel said...

I loved this show last night. really great start. And THANKS for tracking down the info on Stephen J Cannell, I didn't recognize him at all. I hope it lasts a few seasons, because it has great potential

Emily Marshall said...

I loved the premier. I hope it stays as good. I think there's real potential with all the other characters on the show too.

Iris Black said...

I find the castle writing project very cool- even though I am completely green with envy. Ah, to go to Europe and visit a castle... Be still my heart!

Iris Black