Whenever people talk about Deadwood they talk about the show's dialogue, and no surprise: the baroque syntax, the casual juxtaposition of 'shocking' profanity and a kind of Victorian eloquence, the emotional heft of even the most compact exchanges, all sum to arguably the most distinctive dialogue style in TV history, an art of speech uniquely American and weirdly untheatrical.... the residents of Milch's Deadwood speak a heightened but lived-in English that exposes and even buttresses their endangered souls.
Monday, January 11, 2010
New Year's Resolution Round-Up for Week 2:
1) Last week, skipped one scheduled gym class to take Serious Girl to a playdate. Worth it, but must not neglect working out this week.
2) First writing class of 2010 tonight! Woot!
3) Short story not finished. Finished watching entire series of Deadwood instead. Could have been greatest series EVER, but series finale was disappointing to the point of incomprehensibility. Several writing rules broken: characters acting out of character without any development to explain the changes is NOT COOL, WRITERS. I will have to write a post soon about suspense vs. surprise. Short version = if you're not giving hints leading up to something, it's probably a cheat.
4) On the bright side, watching Deadwood will increase your desire to use language to the fullest... and, no, I'm not talking about the profanity. Here, go read this article on the language of Deadwood. I'll excerpt for you:
It was a show truly worth watching, especially for writers. If you can handle the profanity, go rent or buy yourself a copy. Seasons One and Two are pretty much flawless, but you are hereby on notice about the last few episodes of Season Three.
5) Must finish short story today. And now, I'm off to bake cookies with Serious Girl.