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Christopher Fowler
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It's tough watching TV when you know the tricks other writers use to grab your attention. It makes 'Game of Thrones' unwatchable, waiting for the next violent or sexual confrontation beat to come up with the regularity of a metronome, but at least it can be viewed as trashy fun. 'The Following', in which a blank-eyed Kevin Bacon uncovers a cult, is way worse. Cancelled after three series, it began…
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Christopher Fowler
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For decades television was the poor cousin to film, but how times have changed. When was the last time you heard anyone discussing a movie at the office coffee station? How did cinema get sidelined in favour of television shows? For the answer to that, you have to go back to the birth of cable TV. In the 1970s the US networks were being strangled by the very advertisers who kept them alive, not…
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Christopher Fowler
We've talked about how books, films and TV series often sell hooks without hope of providing a proper payoff — 'Lost' provided one of the lamest examples in years — but many stories are let down by their climaxes. Authors often rush the final chapters of books when they should be slowing down the pace. I've been as guilty of this as much as anyone. But the climax is often the start-point for a…
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Christopher Fowler
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Were you surprised to discover that the 'Lost' writers didn't know what they were doing after their initial premise played out? The final episode brings a circularity to this shaggiest of shaggy dog stories, but little else. Like 'The Prisoner' before it, and 'The X Files', it proved to be all hook and no punchline. The difference was that this time around, the writers had cynically assured…
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