May 19, 2008

First of all I'm honored to be a guest blogger this week on The Savvy Sista. I enjoy the wide variety of topics and interesting mix of quality posts. I know I have big savvy shoes to fill here, so I'll do my best to bring it on!

I've decided that the very first post should be about something I love and enjoy. And so I just have to ask, is anyone feeling and appreciating the quality level of writing on the hit show Grey's Anatomy like I am? I love this show!!

I've been writing books for ten years now, and I've found that ever since I wrote my first novel, I almost have to fight myself when watching a movie or a play or a television show so that I don't focus too much on the quality of writing, but that I simply sit back and take it in. Though usually I find that I focus on the dialogue and structure of what is communicated through words. It's like food to my soul when I hear a symbolic selection of words that moves the story along at a deep level, and that stimulates my senses in a rich way. I so appreciate the effort and talents of the all important and seldom appreciated writers who bring these characters to life though the scripts they write.

When I watch Grey's Anatomy, not only is the acting superb, but the story lines, even into season four, are very good. I tip my hat to the show's creator, the gifted sista Shonda Rhimes, and her staff, for coming up with the types of situations that occur at Seattle Grace Hospital.

The fact that the characters are created on a "non-predescribed" basis and that the actors are chosen on a "blind casting" basis is so rare in television and film. I sometimes forget that a couple is interracial, or that the top hospital positions on the show are held by minorities. The diversity factor alone is not common. But also, these characters are multi-dimensional, extremely dysfunctional and scarred, humorous, hot-to-trot, talented, intelligent, and yet they desire what most people strive so hard to experience in life . . . peace of mind, and love.

The association involved with the scene in which Meredith Grey was drowning, yet her thought processes while under water correlate to her life, was so moving. The level of drama just before the commercial breaks is similar to the way I strive to end each chapter in my books so that readers want more. And the voice-over narration before, during, and at the end of the show, where most of the character's situations somehow tie in to one general theme, is quite entertaining.

Okay, so yes, you know by now that I am wild about this show. Rarely do I look forward to a television show to the point where all writing stops (and most other things) when Grey's is on, so for me, they're doing something right.

And while it is true that some of the situations are a little bit over the top, such is life. After all, it's all about the drama, just like in writng fiction. Sometimes, a little bit of exaggeration is necessary just to keep it interesting. But if one looks closely, viewers will see and feel the lessons "shown" when a patient dies in surgery after making the choice to not accept a gay lover for fear of being rejected by the patient's own father, or a theme that suggests it's not about why people are crazy, but why people aren't crazy, as in life is enough to drive us nuts, makes us think long after the credits roll.

And so I ask again, is anyone else feeling and appreciating the level of writing on this show like I am? Even if the answer is no, perhaps you have another show that you truly enjoy. But obviously the anatomy of Grey's Anatomy has me enamored. And to be entertained and impressed at the same time these days is a rarity and a real treat! Shonda, you are the bomb-diggity! You are this author's she-ro!

MARISSA MONTEILH (MON -TAY), a former model, television news reporter, and commercial actress, originally self-published her first book, May December Souls, in November 2000. By the following March, Marissa signed a two book deal with Harper Collins, who re-released May December Souls in March 2002, and then released her second book, The Chocolate Ship, in January of 2003. Part two of The Chocolate Ship, called Love Overboard, is in the works!

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now resides just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, is the mother of three, and a proud grandmother.

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