I’m a fan of detective shows. My favorites are the British ones: Midsommer Murders, Agatha Christie – Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Inspector Lynley, New Tricks. I also watch Castle (new season starting tonight – Yay!), Psych and old replays of Murder She Wrote. (I get a real kick out of the clothes and 80s hair and the clever mysteries)
I’ve had a good writing day today, and I decided to watch one of the shows I’ve recorded. A postie was doing his rounds, early in the morning. It was still dark and you see him walking along with his headphones on. He delivers mail to a box and moves on. A person approaches him. He smiles, but his smile fades when he sees the wicked knife flash into view.
In the next frame it’s daylight. We see a young girl wheeling her bike out of a driveway. She frowns at the letters and parcels strewn all over the ground. Then she sees the postie, the blood. She opens her mouth and SCREAMS – a long, never-ending scream before the show cuts to the opening credits.
It struck me as I was watching this how many detective shows start with someone discovering the body and screaming. It also made me wonder. Quite frankly I don’t think I’d scream if I discovered a body. Is this a likely scenario or is it dramatic theatre to make us sit up and take note?
I hope I never discover a body to test my reaction, but really, I don’t think I’d scream.
What do you think? Would you scream? Any crime/detective fans out there? What are your favorite shows/books?