How do you feel about the portrayal of writers in fiction, movies, TV, etc.? Having developed as a writer, meeting other writers along the way, I have a bone to pick with two fictional authors in particular: Temperance Brennan on BONES and Timothy McGee (a.k.a. Thom E. Gemcity) on NCIS.
While I've known many authors to be unassuming in person, few if any are shy about their books. Serious authors take pride in, and are proud of, their work. For the otherwise driven Brennan--forensic anthropologist, self-defense expert, marksman--being an author seems superfluous: "Oh, yeah. I write, too." Being an author ain't that easy.
I'm only slightly more understanding of McGee's shyness. He's a Federal agent who doesn't want to divulge state secrets. If that's the case, though, why are his characters so obviously based on his co-workers--a point reinforced by last night's painfully predictable episode "Cover Story" wherein a barrista at the coffee shop McGee frequents is actually a crazed fan who starts killing the people who inspired McGee's characters.
Speaking of McGee's prose, it's pretty clunky. Is that a statement about the quality of today's bestsellers?