Hooray for Hollywood
Gotta love Hollywood and its take on reality. Sometimes my PI-husband and I watch a movie starring a fictional private eye and we laugh at the implausibility of a situation. To be fair, some movies get PIs right, but sometimes they set up a scenario that’s more dramatic than realistic and we have to laugh.
Private Eyes on Surveillance, Hollywood Style
Below are a few slides we presented at a recent writers’ conference on writing private eyes in fiction, starting with Jack Nicholson in the classic film Chinatown, one of our all-time favorites, although we took a few issues with Jake Gittes (the character’s name) on surveillance.
Nice suit, but hey, Jake, it’s only Chinatown
A tie on surveillance, really? What about blending in?
Another suit while on surveillance? Looks nice, but unless you’re at the Waldorf, you’re looking kinda obvious
Yeah, you’re getting a better shot with the window down, but…people can also see you, better, dude
We dig Sam Spade, but really, chumming up to the foxy dame doesn’t exactly fall under “pre-surveillance”
Love you Marlowe, but people on the street below can, like, see you too
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2011 – 2012 Book Blog Tour Articles
January 14, 2012: Interview w/ Colleen at Chatterrific
February 3, 2012: Coffee Time Romance: The Zen Man-Read It, Wear It
February 14, 2012 Terry's Place: Lust, Ethics, and the Private Eye
February 17, 2012 Savvy Authors: Tips from a PI-Tracking the Bad Guys in Stories
February 27, 2012 Elizabeth A White blog: Do Private Eyes Solve Murders?
February 28, 2012 Book Reviews by Elizabeth A White: The Zen Man
March 10, 2012 StoreyBook Reviews: Interview and Review
March 22, 2012 Minding Spot: Book Review
April 17, 2012 Fresh Fiction: 5 Hot Private Eye Heroes