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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Death by Novel and Other Works by GCC Member: Linda Gerber

I love a good mystery. I’m even writing one, which makes me even more excited to host fellow GCC member Linda Gerber. Her “Death by” series is tons of fun, action packed, and filled with to-die-for settings (Paris, anyone?).

So if you enjoyed the first two installments in her young adult series—Death by Bikini and Death by Latte—then you’ll love her latest book DEATH BY DENIM, which debuts next month through Penguin Books for Young Readers.

As always, here’s a little bit about her book to get you hooked:

Aphra Connolly is being chased by some very dangerous people. She knows her survival depends upon staying far away from love interest Seth, and listening to her mom’s lectures on the finer points of anonymity and survival. But how is a girl supposed to live under the radar and not think about her boyfriend when she’s in Paris—the most romantic city in the world? When her mom’s contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed in his mouth, Aphra realizes that she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom, Aphra tracks down the criminal mastermind in Italy, only to unwittingly reveal Seth’s location. And her mistake has just put them both in mortal danger. . . .

Here’s what Linda had to say:

Q: In AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS, Mariana discovers a hidden family secret. Are you a good secret keeper?

Linda: I stink at keeping my own secrets – the urge to tell becomes like an obsession until I confide in someone. But I don’t tell other people’s secrets—I unintentionally made that mistake before and hurt someone I cared about, so now I know the value of confidence.

Q: What is the favorite place you ever traveled to, and what was the coolest thing you saw/did there?

Linda:
I love to travel, too! One of the benefits of living overseas is that we got to travel a lot. We saw so many amazing places that I could never choose one favorite. I absolutely loved exploring Japan while we lived there because it helped me connect to my new home. Kyoto was probably my favorite city there because – to me – it represents the history and culture of Japan. Another sentimental trip for me was going to China with my parents and climbing the Great Wall with my dad, who is blind. And another was going to Scotland for the first time because my family hails from the Clan Colquhoun and it was like discovering a part of myself.

Q: I often tell the story of how a psychic once predicted that I would go on to write children’s books. Have you ever visited a psychic?

Linda:
I’ve never been to an “official” psychic, but I used to drive past a psychic’s home every day when I lived in Pasadena. Does that count? I’ve had dreams on my own about things that subsequently happened, though, so the whole concept of precognition fascinates me. In fact, I'm just gearing up to work on the revisions for my YA paranormal (out next year) about trance-writing sisters.

Oooh, trance writing. I’ll have to learn more about that!


Q: My character Mariana spends her summer in Puerto Rico connecting with her father’s heritage. Have you ever researched your family tree?

Linda: Genealogy is really big in my family. We’ve traced our ancestors back hundreds of years. As I mentioned before, one line is from Scotland and in our records, Campsie Parish is mentioned again and again. So, when my husband and I visited Scotland last year, we attempted to find Campsie so I could take some pictures and maybe rub a few gravestones – but the navigation system in the rental car didn’t recognize the location. As we were out exploring, we were really excited to find signs directing us to ‘Campsie Glen’ and we thought we were onto something. We followed the signs, driving an hour out of our way to find… a new subdivision going up named Campsie Glen. When we continued north and into the Highlands, though, the connection I felt there more than made up for the disappointment of not finding the real Campsie.

Q: Where were you when you found out that your book was going to be published?

Linda:
I was still living in Japan when this series sold. I had already done two books with Puffin, SASS, NOW AND SEN and SASS, THE FINNISH LINE so I hoped they would be interested in working with me again. I was thrilled when they not only bought the book I had submitted, which became DEATH BY BIKINI, but contracted for three books in a series. The actual receiving of the news, though, was kind of anticlimactic. No exciting call. My (previous) agent emailed the good news to me. And, at the time I found it in my inbox, my husband was away on a business trip, my kids were at school, and it was like three in the morning in the States where my crit partners lived, so I didn’t have anyone around to squeal to. I smiled at my computer screen a lot, though.

Thank you, Linda! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

Friday, April 24, 2009

I Still Have Sand in My Shoes

I miss Anguilla. I’ve been back from vacation for two days and not only is my heat still on, but it’s raining. There are no waves crashing outside my window. No one is bringing me a continental breakfast to my balcony. There’s not even a marble bathroom! (Insert pity party here.)



But seriously, Anguilla is awesome. If anyone is looking to get away in a matter fitting this description—turquoise water, white sand, palm trees, slushy drinks—I highly recommend it. We saw two weddings while we were there (and we were only there five nights). It’s tropical romance personified.

So now I’m back in Philly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I was perfectly happy with Philly before I met Anguilla. I got excited that one day in April where it was warm enough to sit outside here. And we’ve got both the Flyers and the Sixers in the playoffs. That’s something, right?

And let’s face it, perfection can get wearing after awhile. I’m sure if I spent too much time in Anguilla eventually I’d want to go to a movie. Or buy shoes not made of hemp. Or wear black. Or drive on the right side of the road. It would get old. Right? Right?

Anyway, here are some interesting observations to share about the tiny little island of Anguilla.

1. It’s pronounced “Ahn-gwilla” like “Vanilla.” Though the locals put a funky twist on it where the emphasis is on the “Ahn” and not the “gwilla.” So it’s more like “AHN-gwilla.” It took us five days to master that.

2. It costs a $5 tax to get to the country but $20 tax to leave it. See, they want to make it harder for you to leave.

3. The Cuisinart kitchen people own the nicest resort on the island. (Seriously, we stayed there). And they serve breakfast on dishes that aren’t their own. But they grow their own veggies in an onsite hydroponic farm. Yum.

4. You get free sorbet on the beach at 3pm. Who doesn’t love free sorbet?

5. Because the resort’s owned by Cuisinart, which is owned by Conair, you get a hairbrush and hairspray along with your bathroom toiletries. It was a like a wedding basket in there.

6. We couldn’t stop joking about how funny it would be to open the “KitchenAid Resort” next door.

7. Anguilla is a British island, yet everything is paid for in US Dollars. However, they make you drive on the left side of the road just so you don’t forget the Brits own it.

8. You have to go through customs to go from St. Martin to Anguilla—we had to wait in line and everything. It was kinda silly being as though you can throw at stick at the other island.

9. The food is awesome. It's the best I’ve ever had on an island—mahi-mahi, grouper, snapper, shrimp. Seriously good.

10. Anguilla is the world’s source of Pyrat rum, which is owned by Patrón (you know, the fancy tequila). Nice rum, though my husband says he still prefers the Ron del Barrilito from Puerto Rico.


POP CULTURE RANT: Paper Towns –vs– Hunger Games

So I brought both of these books on vacation. I read Paper Towns first because I thought it would be a little lighter than the doomsday storyline of Hunger Games. But I have to say while I loved the humor in the beginning of Paper Towns, it kinda of lost me in the middle. Maybe because I’m not a Walt Whitman fan (aside from his awesome bridge in Philly) and about 100 pages seemed to be a college term paper dissecting Leaves of Grass line-by-line. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But I have to say that Hunger Games gave it a smackdown. Once I picked up Hunger Games, I was obsessed—blown away by how twisted and creative it was. And I couldn’t stop picturing the movie. I think Tim Gunn should play Cinna. Just imagine, “Make it work, Tributes!”

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Why Judy Blume Rocks—According to GCC Member Jennifer O’Connell

I don’t think there’s a YA author out there who doesn’t bow down and worship Judy Blume. She’s our Yoda. (Good writer she is.)

We not only grew up reading her, (I learned everything I needed to know about my period from Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—except what a menstrual belt is), but she also paved the way for us all to be writing in this genre today. Let’s face it, the young adult shelves have come a long way, baby. And much of that progress—especially with regards to themes previously labeled “taboo”—is thanks to Ms. Blume.

This is why I’m thrilled to introduce GCC member Jennifer O’Connell whose latest book just came out in trade paperback: EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A GIRL, I LEARNED FROM JUDY BLUME. How true is that title? And the book’s filled with fabulous essays by acclaimed women writers including: Megan Cabot, Megan McCafferty, Cara Lockwood, Melissa Senate, Laura Caldwell, Stacey Ballis, Shanna Swendson, and 17 others.

As always, here’s a little bit about her book to get you hooked:

Whether laughing to tears reading Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great or clamoring for more unmistakable “me too!” moments in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, girls all over the world have been touched by Judy Blume’s poignant coming-of-age stories. Now, in this anthology of essays, twenty-four notable female authors write straight from the heart about the unforgettable novels that left an indelible mark on their childhoods and still influence them today. Drawing on their own experiences of feeling like a Fourth Grade Nothing before growing up to become Smart Women themselves, these writers pay tribute, through their reflections and most cherished memories, to one of the most beloved authors of all time.

Here’s what Jennifer had to say:

Q: In AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS, Mariana discovers a hidden family secret. Are you a good secret keeper?

Jennifer: I am a terrible surprise keeper, but a good secret keeper. I love surprises and I know they make people happy, so I have a hard time keeping a lid on it. But secrets are things people don’t want to share, and telling one only makes you feel better, but not the person whose secret you’re keeping. So I try my best to keep it under wraps.

Q: What is the favorite place you ever traveled to, and what was the coolest thing you saw/did there?

Jennifer:
I love Anguilla, a small island in the Caribbean . I’ve been about six times now. The entire island is less than 40 square miles, very small. The people are so nice, chickens wander around, the beaches are pristine and deserted. The coolest thing I’ve done there is spend the day on an even smaller island just off the coast, a boat dropped us off and left. Just me, my husband and a little tiny shack where they cooked us chicken for lunch and kept the chilled beverages coming. For the entire day. It was the best.

No joke, this is my next vacation. I have the Jimmy Buffett “Live in Anguilla” album and everything. I hope I love it as much as you do, Jen!

Q: I often tell the story of how a psychic once predicted that I would go on to write children’s books. Have you ever visited a psychic?

Jennifer:
I LOVE psychics!!! I’ve been to several (there’s a great place here in Boston called the Tremont Tea Room, very famous for its psychics – you have to check it out if you’re here). In college I went to the Tremont Tea Room and had my tea leaves read. The woman looked at me and said, “Who’s Joe?” I was like, “What??!!” She pointed to the side of the cup where the tea leaves (I swear) spelled out Joe. Well, Joe was my boyfriend at the time. The same psychic said she saw me writing by a large body of water. I wasn’t even an aspiring writer at the time. Ten years later I wrote my first book in Chicago, where I lived beside Lake Michigan. So many things like that have happened when I’ve seen psychics. So much fun.

You know I love me a good psychic story. Now I have another reason to head back up to Boston! (My original psychic prediction was in Salem, by the way.)


Q: My character Mariana spends her summer in Puerto Rico connecting with her father’s heritage. Have you ever researched your family tree?

Jennifer: Unfortunately, no. My father’s side of the family is Italian, my mother’s Germany. I’d love to go to Italy one day.

Q: Where were you when you found out that your book was going to be published?

Jennifer:
This is pretty sad. I completely don’t remember. I was under contract to write other books at the time and was on deadline after deadline. All I could think about was finishing the books I was contracted for—not selling another one!

Thank you, Jennifer! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

Monday, April 13, 2009

It’s a Good Thing Porn is Still Ranked on Amazon

Happy Easter/Passover everyone! And in celebration of the holiest of holidays, we are going to discuss gay porn. Well, not exactly. But I got your attention, right? Truth is, if you hit Twitter on Sunday, you would have noticed a strange tag appearing every other post or so, #amazonfail.

You may have thought, “Hey, what’s that number sign thingie mean?” Well, basically, it’s a way to follow every Tweet with that phrase/tag. And wow, were there a lot of them. Because in the spirit of Easter Sunday religulousness, Amazon has decided to strip the rights of authors whose books touch on themes they deem to have a bit too much of a rainbow tint.


Photo taken in Philly a couple weeks ago

In short, some colossal bonehead over at Amazon (jury’s still out on who the fall guy will be) has decided to no longer allow books featuring “gay themes” to have an Amazon sales rank—thus removing them from best-seller lists and those awesome “people who liked this…” recommendations.

The romance author who broke the scandal, Mark R. Probst, got an Amazon rep to state why his gay novels were stripped of their ranks. According to the email Probst posted, Amazon claims that, “in consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists.”

This led many authors to go, “Omigod, are you serious? Really?” And then we all went and searched, and low and behold, everything from Ellen DeGeneres’ Biography to Becoming a Man has been stripped of its rank.

Yet, you can still search for vibrators. Some with rankings as low as #100. And Porn star Ron Jeremy’s biography is still being ranked. Last I checked his classy, not-too-adult-by-Amazon-standards paperback was in the #100,000s.

Given the enormous act of bigotry (right on the heels of Vermont legalizing gay marriage, too) and because the Internet is awesome, the publishing world has fought back. Namely, by way of a Google Bomb.

For those of you who have a website, you know that the more hits you receive and the more people who link to it, the higher your website appears in Google Searches. So in an effort to turn the Internet against the e-retail megasaurous, the wonderful book bloggers over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books decided to give a new definition to the phrase Amazon Rank.

Amazon Rank

Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): amazon ranked

1. To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies).
2. To make changes based on inconsistent applications of standards, logic and common sense.

Etymology: from 12 April 2009 removal of sales rank figures from books on Amazon.com containing sexual, erotic, romantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or queer content, rendering them impossible to find through basic search functions at the top of Amazon.com's website. Titles stripped of their sales rankings include "Bastard Out of Carolina," "Lady Chatterley's Lover," prominent romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people.

Their definition now appears No.1 on all Google searches for the term. Power to the People!

To be fair, Amazon is now saying—via an L.A. Times article—that the removal of the sales ranks is “just a glitch” and they plan to fix it (I’m betting soon). And maybe in their world computer glitches can possess the wherewithal to selectively de-rank books with gay content. But the thought of homophobic super computers kind of freaks me out.

Plus given that Probst claims his rankings have been stripped since February with a massive de-rank occurring this past weekend, that doesn’t sound like a “glitch” to me. More like an ongoing problem. But I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough on Twitter—my new source for real-time e-news.


POP CULTURE RANT: Go BU Terriers!

As an alum, I’m proud to report that Boston University’s Men’s Ice Hockey team won the National Championship this weekend! In an amazing overtime victory (that was proceeded by them scoring two goals in the final minute to tie it!), the little terriers-that-could defeated Miami University (no, not the one in Florida. It’s too hot for hockey there. This one’s in Ohio). This is BU’s first hockey championship since 1995, and tomorrow BU’s throwing a ticker tape parade with Duck Tour boats and everything! Wish I could be there! Congrats, guys!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Inside the Author’s Studio: Answering the Most Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been doing a lot of school events recently—both at high schools and colleges. And at a recent one, the organizer of the event said he was impressed that I had an answer for every question thrown at me. Nothing stumped me. Well, there’s a good reason for this.

After a year of speaking engagements, I’ve been asked many of the same questions multiple times. This isn’t a complaint. Every audience is new, so the answers are new to them. But to me, I’m worried my canned responses are starting to sound like Barack Obama at a town hall meeting the month before the election.



That said, I’ve decided to take some of my most frequently asked questions (those whose answers cannot be found on my website) and respond here.

I call it a:

Q&A Roundout

1. How did you get published?

I wrote my first novel just to see if I could write a whole book. I had no intention of trying to publish it. But once I got to the end, I thought, “Hey, this is pretty good. Maybe I could get it published.”

Since I knew nothing about the industry, I Googled, “How to get a book published.” That’s where I started.

2. Okay, so I’ve Googled and found out you need a literary agent. How do you get one of those?

Simple, you query them. It’s a very drawn out process, not much different from sending out a resume and cover letter. It’s hard, it’s painful, and there’s no magic formula for getting an agent’s attention. I started out with no more knowledge or connections than the average Joe at a coffeehouse with a laptop.

However, having said that, I seriously lucked out. I only queried for two weeks. And my agent, Jenoyne Adams, responded to my e-query within ten minutes. She requested a full manuscript via email, read it and offered me representation within 24 hours. This is not normal, folks. But I’m relaying the story here, so those of you out there in query hell know that it can happen.

3. How do you structure your day? Like, when do you find time to write?


I wrote my first novel while I had a full-time job. Don’t we all? But to get kick-started on the novel, I used to call in sick occasionally to spend a whole day writing (uh, sorry, former employer). I also got the week off between Christmas and New Year’s, which I spent writing. And I got a lot of other little holidays off (Columbus Day, President’s Day, etc.), which I spent writing.

Now that I’m a full-time writer, I can write whenever I want (I don’t have kids). But I usually write in the afternoons. And when I’m working on the first draft of a manuscript, I write 3,000 words per day. However long that takes me is how long I spend writing. Period. I squeeze those 3k words out if it takes me ‘til midnight, or I stop at 3k if I’m done at noon.

4. How do you write so fast? Are you going to bang out another novel by lunch?


I type very quickly. Like really, really quickly. So my first piece of advice if you want to be an author—take a typing class and pay attention.

5. How much editing did you editor do?


Not much, actually. I went through two rounds of edits for each book in the “Amor and Summer Secrets” series. But there were no big, major, sweeping changes made in any of them. I did have to learn the secret language of proofreaders though. So if you want to be an author, be prepared to use your secret decoder ring to decipher the squiggles on your manuscript.

6. How’d you come up with your titles and covers?

I didn’t. There are lovely people at publishing houses who spend their days coming up with quirky titles and clever covers. Authors don’t get much of a say. Really.

However, I did request that they make Mariana’s hair auburn on all the covers (which they changed). And when the bridesmaid dress on the cover of “Adios to All The Drama” was pictured as light blue, I went back into the manuscript and changed it (originally, the wedding had a silver theme). I wanted them to match.

7. Do you think your journalism background helped at all?

Yes! In addition to making me a faster writer, everything I learned at the College of Communication came in handy. I write my own press releases. I created my own book trailers using the editing tools I learned as a broadcast journalism major. I learned how to structure my writing, cut out purple prose, edit my own work, etc. It was all very relevant.

So that’s it for the FAQs for now. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll try to shoot some more answers out.


POP CULTURE RANT: American Idol

How many years has this show been on the air? And they seriously can’t structure their time better so they don’t run over. I know it’s live an all, but come on, Ryan Seacrest. That’s your job—to manage the show. Thankfully, I was already recording “Fringe” (the show that comes on after AI), so my DVR didn’t lose Adam’s killer end-of-show performance. But still. Get it together people.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Why Does Everyone Want to Ban YA Novels?

I think there is an epidemic of selective amnesia facing American parents—the inability to remember what it was like when they were under the age of 18. I’m serious. I think those “ice chips” they give mothers in labor are secretly laced with some mind-altering drug that erases their teenage years. Because it is the only reason I can see for parents to continually go on the warpath to ban young adult novels.

Yes, young adult novels contain themes and experiences that teenagers face in their daily lives, like sex, and drugs, and drinking, and cheating, and lying, and pregnancy, and homosexual relationships, and cursing, and who knows what. Wait, I know who knows—teens. Because all of these taboo “themes” that parents want stripped from literature are actually occurring in their kids’ real lives.

And these parents know this. Or at least some point they did. They didn’t grow up in the bubble. Parents had to go to high school. Even if they didn’t do any of the taboo things on my makeshift list (come on, you know they did), they had to have had friends who did. Woodstock happened, folks. So did the ‘80s. And those hippy mud people and Robert Downey, Jr. wannabes went on to have children. So don’t tell me now that they’ve forgotten all about what it’s like to be young.



Yet, Judy Blume still remains one of the Top Ten most challenged authors. This makes no sense to me. I can’t imagine any living breathing person who doesn’t relate to the awkwardly real first sexual experiences described in Forever. But it’s not just sex that parents want censored. Nope. They’ve asked libraries to ban Blubber, Tiger Eyes, and Are You There, God? It’s me Margaret.

Come on, people, it’s 2009! There are tampon and birth control commercials on TV every two seconds. I think I know more about Yaz than anyone should, and I don’t even take the damn drug. But no, ban the book on maxi pads.

So that’s why I got particularly fired up to see some mom in Orlando trying to get Maureen Johnson and Cecily von Ziegesar banned. Again. Even the mother’s quotes sound self-righteous. She claims that censoring The Bermudez Triangle and Gossip Girl (which she singled out because her daughter happened to bring them home) is “a black and white [decision]. It's so distasteful for youths. It's so far fetched that we would allow this to happen in the first place.”

Yes, why would librarians stock books for teens on the YA shelves in the first place? It’s so silly. It’s just their jobs. And the books are awesome.

So I hope that library stands its ground. And I seriously hope that when I do have kids I don’t come down with the whole amnesia thing. I might have to bring my own ice chips to the hospital just in case.


POP CULTURE RANT: Oprah

So I just watched Oprah’s interview with the FLDS members of the Yearning for Zion Ranch—the ones whose kids were taken (and returned) last year. For the most part, the interview was interesting; however, oddly enough, I found Oprah’s demeanor at times to be surprisingly insensitive. Did you see when she asked the teen girls about the prairie dresses? When the girls said they found each other’s dresses very different and would ask each other “Where’d you get your dress?” Oprah laughed. Like in their faces. She even barked “that’s too funny” several times. And when the girl said she wasn’t kidding, Oprah kept going. “You’d actually ask some here where you got your dress?! Haha!” I mean, I know their dresses are lame, but you don’t say that to their faces, Oprah. Get some manners.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Proof that Today’s Teens Are Smarter Than I Am

I spoke at my old high school yesterday. Technically, it wasn’t my actual high school. They tore down the building I attended and replaced it with a shinier new model a few years ago. This one has a reflecting pond and parking. Nice.

I gave the keynote for the Central League Writing Competition. Essentially, all of the schools in Delaware County (the PA suburbs of Philadelphia), sent their top two writers from each grade. The students were given a writing promp (the first and last sentences of a short story) and asked to create a new piece of fiction in about an hour. I’m professional author and even I think that’s tough. So props to them!

While the teachers were judging their work, I got to talk to the kids. I had an hour-and-a-half to fill. And before I went on, one of the teachers said, “Wow, you’re speaking the whole time. What are you going to do? I hope you have a lot prepared.”

I didn’t.

I thought I could wing it. Who wants to listen to an hour-and-a-half monologue anyway? So I went in with my 20-30 minute shtick about how I became a writer (everything from the “dream,” to the psychic, to the Mardis Gras sale). And then I relied on the 100 teens in the auditorium to ask enough questions to fill the rest of our time. And because these students are incredibly smart, they of course, delivered. Thanks, everyone!

I spoke so much, I actually left with a sore throat. Seriously. But I was really impressed by how many of them knew they wanted to be writers when they grew up. I know I didn’t. And some even had very specific, industry questions like:

“How do I get an agent?”

You’ll hate me, but I only queried for two weeks. Jenoyne Adams is awesome. Period.

“How do I feel about the label ‘YA Author’?”

I am a YA author and proud of it. It’s how my voice naturally comes out. And I think those who snub their noses at the genre obviously haven’t read it. The work that’s out now is on par (if not better) than many of the “adult” novels I’ve read recently.

“What do I think will happen to the Chick Lit genre?”

Everything’s cyclical. Cheeky Shopaholic-type novels still have an audience; it’s just now harder to get a novel of that type published if you aren’t an already established author. So, yes, I do think you’ll see fewer stories published about a college grad in her first job searching for love. However, women will continue writing for women. I just think that in a few years, we’ll see a new crop of female authors writing about fresh themes that will cause the publishing industry to come up with another catchy genre name to label them. Like “future lit,” or “alien lit,” or “recession lit,” or “empty-nester lit.” There’s always something.

So thanks Ridley High School for inviting me out! And everyone keep an eye out for this year’s edition of Windscript—the school’s nationally acclaimed student-run literary magazine. I’m going to be featured in this year’s issue.

POP CULTURE RANT: E.R. Finale

I haven’t watched this show in forever—not since the Clooney days (ahhh, pitter pat). In fact, every time I saw a commercial for it in recent years I said, “Wow, that show’s still on?” But I DVR’d the finale, because, hey, I like pop culture. And I have to say that, unfortunately, the 120 minutes were a bit of a bore. I liked the ending scene with the doctors gathered outside to rush the ambulances from the latest explosion. But other than that, it didn’t evoke much emotion. They had all those veterans together, even Doctor Green’s daughter, and somehow they managed not to tug on the heartstrings. I’m not saying it was bad. I’m just saying it was “okay.” And for a show that had a 15-year run, they deserved better than an “okay” finale. At least make us cry a little.


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