I've never binge-watched any series... and yet, I found myself binge watching the first three season of the BBC's Shetland series based on Ann Cleeves' (here in Maine that would be "Cleaves") books and featuring Detective Inspector Perez.
Think of it as Murder She Wrote with a lot more brains and plot twists! The scenery is to die for... seriously! Since during most of the shows, at least one person or another gives in to the elements and landscape. Ann Cleeves' stories such as Raven Black are the basis for inspiration for most of the first two seasons of the show. Her characters live on, taking on new adventures in season three.
I started listening to it while I write to distract myself from my son's latest obsession with Sons of Anarchy. He has a taste for the more blood-thirsty shows, being also a fan of Vikings. But as I listened to the episodes of Shetland, I found myself becoming more and more distracted from my writing by the language, and the scenery and the complicated plots of the series. If you have any kind of history with Maine and its islands, you'll see a stark resemblance to the settings. Had most of the characters had a different lilt, they could easily have been from Maine.
But the writing? It's pure gold. I want to be Ann Cleeves when I grow up because her stories and characters are so fascinating.
Did I mention that Season 4 is being filmed now?!
I've got some major writing to do before I get distracted by the next season.
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