Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Paranormal TV by Marie Sexton & Heidi Cullinan

Part of what makes paranormal stories so fun is how seamlessly they blend the supernatural/fantastical into reality. While it’s hard not to love outright fantasy like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, there’s a special thrill to a story that blends the world we know with a world that might be. It’s fantastic in books, and both of us write and read stories with paranormal elements. But when we need to recharge our paranormal batteries, one of the best places we’ve found to go is paranormal TV.

Heidi: I love the show Medium. I just recently found it, but it’s become an obsession I’m in no hurry to shake. The writing is superb, to start. I almost always know the solution before they do, but that isn’t why I’m there. I love seeing how prophetic dreams can weave into reality. I love it best when the dreams initially seem to make no sense when stacked against the crime the DA is investigating and I have to be patient to see how it all shakes out in the end.

What I love most, though, is how heavy the reality component is to the show. How it’s less about Allison’s ability and more about her struggle to find “normal” within her unique gifts. How the show deals with the children showing increasing signs of the same psychic powers and the family’s wrestling with how much to explain to them and when.  I love Joe and his calm, constant support and heavy yanks back into the practical, keeping Allison grounded. And Bridget. Man, I love Bridget. I can’t wait to see her grow up.

Marie: To this day, my favorite paranormal TV show is still The X-Files. I love Scully constantly arguing that there’s a scientific explanation for everything, and Mulder flying off the handle at the most absurd possibilities. My very favorite episode is Bad Blood, where Mulder drives a wooden stake through a kid’s heart, resulting in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the FBI. Mulder and Scully each get to tell their version of what happened and not surprisingly, their tales are radically different. It’s a fabulous demonstration of how point of view can change a story (and I’m a nut for point of view). And I’m also a big fan of just about any kind of good monster story.

What about you? Are you a fan of paranormal TV? Tell us about your favorites.

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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Her most recent release is Cinder, a sweet and sexy novella from Silver Publishing about a young man’s adventures in finding (and keeping) his Prince Charming.

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Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there.  When she isn’t writing, Heidi enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music.  She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats.

Her most recent release is A Private Gentleman, an early Victorian m/m historical from Samhain about a book-loving whore, a stammering gentleman botanist, and a terrible secret.

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  1. Is Medium still on the air? I loved that show but stopped watching it a few seasons back when our Tivo device got backed up and it stopped recording.

    I'm with you on the X-Files too. The dynamic between Mulder and Scully was something really special.

    Right now my favorite paranormal show is Supernatural. Two hot guys chasing down demons. It sounds silly, right? But it's snarky and sexy and usually makes me cry. Check it out if you haven't yet.

    1. I've only watched Supernatural twice, but I will admit, I came away with the sudden urge to write an incest story both times. ;-)

  2. I have too many that I enjoy. Paranormal is one of my favorite kinds of TV shows to watch. Like Barklesswagmore said, Supernatural is a wonder show. My husband and I loved it from the first episode and we were sure that it would be cancelled.

    Sanctuary is another favorite. Though looking at my current list, most of mine mix sci-fi/science with a dash of paranormal, like X-Files. I love Fringe, I'll cry if it gets cancelled at the end of this season.

    I know there are more, but my brain has not caught up yet with the lack of sleep and there's not enough caffine in my blood.

    1. I should probably give Fringe a try. I watched the first couple of episodes and liked them. Not sure what happened that I didn't end up seeing the next few, and the next time I tuned in, I was a bit lost. LOL. Will have to watch them in order next time!

  3. One of my favorites was Roar with a young Heath Ledger. It was pretty good but only lasted one season.

    1. I remember Roar, was so sad when they cancelled it. Wasn't a very young Keri Russell in it also?

  4. Marie! Heidi!


  5. I love paranormal, though I usually read it more than watch it. And most paranormal shows I watch are more like: Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Destination Truth, and sometimes Supernatural or Sanctuary.