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Witty sleuth? Great dad? Why I heart Castle. | Laura Pauling

Witty sleuth? Great dad? Why I heart Castle.

I’d had enough of gory crime shows. On a whim I watched this new detective show.


And I never looked back. So what is it about Castle?

Great dad? Witty sleuth? Loyal son? Dedicated writer? My writing mentor?

I’ll go with all of the above. (I just happened to fall in love with him in the past year. Really, I know the character Castle might not be exactly who Nathan Fillion is – but I can pretend. And if you know anything bad about Nathan – don’t share it in the comments because I want to continue in my fantasy world. Thank you very much.)


What makes him so attractive? For me, it’s all of the above. The touching moments he has with his family. The love he has for Becket, the real detective he shadows. His ways of embellishing his theories on the most recent murder. (Hilarious.)

Maybe it’s the way the writers of the show combine humor with murder. Those two words just don’t go together. And if you’ve ever tried to combine humor and a serious subject – it ain’t easy!

And that’s why that show is my writing mentor. At times they have off-the-wall storylines. I mean, really, a tiger and Castle and Becket in a locked room? Some would call it unrealistic. I call it awesome.

And in this past year the writers of the show have really added some twists, revealed possible secrets, and upped the stakes. Becket’s dark desire to solve her mother’s murder and the fact that it could end up killing her and Castle’s determination to protect her. Then in one recent episode, they brought in the big guns – the CIA (Or maybe it was the FBI?) Anyway, they eluded that Castle’s family has ties with the government. Okay, that little tidbit sent me over the mystery moon.

What about you? Are there any television shows or movies that help you refine your writing skills? Or offer inspiration?

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23 Responses to Witty sleuth? Great dad? Why I heart Castle.

  1. Andrea April 2, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    I haven’t seen this show, but it sounds interesting from your description. I think most of the shows I watch would be examples of what NOT to do in your writing!

    • Laura April 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      I agree. Sometimes seeing what not to do is just as helpful. Though I usually stop watching those shows after the first one!

  2. Louise April 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I have been wanting to watch this show ever since I watched “Firefly” and fell for Nathan Fillion’s character on that. Now that I finally have Netflix so I can start from the beginning, I think I’ll have to give it a try!

    As for a show that acts as a writing mentor – I have definitely picked up some good tips from watching NCIS: Los Angeles. Granted, the plots don’t always make sense, but the characters are endlessly fascinating to me. And getting to watch LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell wielding guns doesn’t hurt either 🙂

    • Laura April 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      I watched the first episode of Firefly but I definitely want to watch more! Someday….

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh April 2, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    It’s a great series! And Nathan Fillion rocks.

  4. Natalie Aguirre April 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I enjoy that series too though I don’t watch it as much anymore. I did see the one with the tiger. I agree with you. The story fit.

    • Laura April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      They’ve had plenty of crazy story lines and I love them all!

  5. Sheri Larsen April 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Seeing how I write for children, I believe being a film buff as a kid gave me lots of insights into the stories I would create in the future. Now, I watch some of the teen shows as well as some of those geared more toward MGers. It always amazing me how an idea will pop into my head just from watching a show. Take inspiration where we can get it, right?

    • Laura April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      I absolutely love when an idea pops into my head watching TV shows or movies. Such inspiration!

  6. Susan Kaye Quinn April 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I can’t share anything bad about Nathan because THERE IS NOTHING BAD ABOUT NATHAN. *swoons* 🙂

    • Laura April 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Phew!

  7. Elle Strauss April 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Oooh, man, I’ve hearted Castle for a long time now–for all the reasons you stated. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  8. Lisa Green April 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    You do already know what I’m going to say, right? Vampire Diaries!!! I love how they constantly write in unpredictable plot twists and up the stakes when you know they can’t get any higher. The depth in the characters is amazing too. Yeah, I’m a sucker for Damon as you know, but WOW. So I get I what you’re saying!

  9. Amber April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I doubt anyone will tell you anything bad about him. He is known for being one of “the nice guys”. I adore Castle for all the reasons you mention.

    As far as writing goes, The Good Wife is HIGH on my list. I feel like that nail all sorts of relationships – romantic, familial, business – it’s really well done. Wit in the dialog isn’t forced, it’s just so well put together.

  10. Kris Asselin April 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Right now our fave show is Once Upon A Time. Never seen Castle, but apparently there are companion books supposedly written by the MC of the TV show? Sounds confusing, but intriguing…

    • Laura April 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      One of the detectives in the show is shadowing a cop because he’s a writer. So to accompany they show, they had someone ghostwrite a book under the character’s name – Richard Castle. Kinda cool.

  11. Karen Strong April 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    You know I automatically think of you every time I see this show. I love the chemistry between Castle and Becket.

    I must say that American Horror Story has really helped me with foreshadowing and not revealing too much. Leaving the reader/watcher wanting more. Love that show.

  12. Donna K. Weaver April 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    I love him! And I’ve seen a part of one of the episodes. Which is a lot for me since I don’t watch much TV.

  13. Jemi Fraser April 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I love Castle! Such a great show and character 🙂

  14. Carolyn Abiad April 3, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    I’m a fan. I wish it was on earlier though, because I go to bed with the chickens.

  15. Margo Berendsen April 3, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    I THOUGHT his face looked familiar! I haven’t seen the show (yet) but I’ve heard others raving about it and gushing about Nathan.. then I read another commenter saying he also played on Firefly, and it all finally came together. Well, your description had already sold me, now I’m just sold lock stock and barrel!

  16. Laura Marcella April 3, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I haven’t seen this show but my parents love it. I’ll have to add it to my Netflix queue.

    I love the show Friends! Whenever I watch it, I start thinking about characterization. All of the main characters on that show, and the supporting ones, have such dynamic personalities and memorable quirks and quiddities. It makes me want to know them. It reminds me to focus on my characters and bring them to life!

  17. Laura Josephsen April 19, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    I love Castle. 😀 I’ve been watching it since the first episode–it’s just SO much fun but it has that absolutely serious side, and the characters! And the friendships! And the wit! And many other things. 😀

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