Thursday, 4 April 2013

A-Z Challenge: D

My theme for A-Z is What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV aka Justifying my TV Habit.

Did anyone else enjoy Dead Like Me? This was a series about a girl killed by a falling toilet, who becomes a grim reaper after death.

For me this is a fun example of forming your own mythology. The main character George works for the External Influence Division. She has to collect souls, but she has a secret quota. Once that’s met, she can move onto another realm. A simple enough set up, but with its own twist.

For me, that’s the aim. Twilight features Vampires, but she put her own twist on it (they sparkle, for example). She wasn’t afraid to build in her own details, while sticking to the ‘they suck blood’ part.

Quote: “Life sucks  and then you die. And then it still sucks.”

I could have gone for: Dawson’s Creek. Doctor Who (I nearly did do The Who but Dead Like Me was a fun eg I thought).


  1. I saw a few Dead like Me episodes. It was a fun quirky show. Putting your spin on things helps make a story yours.

  2. Never watched that series. Now the original Dr. Who series, I was all over that.

  3. I loved what I saw of Dead Like Me. The premise was fantastic, and the characters had some wickedly dry senses of humor ^_^

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  4. I really loved the episode where all the people die from using the weight loss belt.

  5. I've never seen "Dead Like Me" (clearly this month on your blog is going to be a TV education for me!)--in fact, I don't know that I've ever even heard of it. An interesting premise, though. And don't worry about not doing Doctor Who: I've got that one covered. :D

  6. I was going to watch Dead Like Me and never got around to it. I think knowing what it is about now, I might just have to watch it for sure.

  7. I've never seen this show... maybe I should.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests

  8. I didn't watch the show, but I did catch the end of the movie the other day. I always liked the premise, but just couldn't get into it.

  9. Not only did i love the show I based the idea of my soul collectors on it. There's a ton of books with similar themes but that tv show was one of the best all the way around

  10. Hi Vikki .. I didn't see the show .. but sounds 'amusing' in a dead kind of way?! Life does suck sometimes ... but death would definitely be worse - I'll wait til my time is due - preferably a while away ..

    Cheers Hilary

  11. Never seen it, but it sounds cute!

  12. Sheena-kay: agree it was nice n quirky ;)

    J.L. - Ah Dr Who! Love it.

    Allyson - yes I think the dry sense of humour got me, I loved it.

    Regina - it had a very dry/dark sense of humour, that show!

    Colin - yay I'll come check out your WHO post!

    J Keith - I would def. say give it a go!

    Dani - give it a try ;)

    Natasha Duncan-Drake - some things just don't tick the box I guess!

    sassyspeaks - how awesome!

    Hilary Melton-Butcher - yes preferably a while away

    Lara - it was fun!


Please comment, I'd love to know what you think! :)