Californication: Carnal Expression


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Let’s face it; sex sells.  That might be why the Showtime series Californication is so popular as of late.  It helps that the writing is really great too.  Although not everybody feels that way.

The story is about a guy named Hank Moody who moved to Los Angeles from New York City when his novel was made into a movie.  He got buried beneath all that the city had to offer him.  It wasn’t much besides an outlet for his many vices; women, booze and cigarettes.  But we must not forget Hank’s one true love, the written word.  He has an uncanny knack for telling it like it is.  He writes what he wants when he wants to do it.  This lifestyle is perpetuated in movies and television, however, you can’t help but compare it with the staunch reality of journalism.

Creativity is always important!  But the fact of the matter is that sometimes you just have to give up what you really feel like saying and write about what is relevant.  The truth is that there are only a small percentage of people who will experience writing and life the way that Hank Moody does.  For the rest of us, producing objective stories on a deadline will be the key to our success.





One response to “Californication: Carnal Expression

  1. Content: 4 Congratulations. You managed to make Californication relevant to journalism. All writing takes work — even the kind Hank does. It might look romantic, particularly on TV, but novelists toil at their prose just as you are doing in this class. And, journalism brims with creative possibilities. Particularly online. Putting together a multi-media package requires great imagination. Feature stories teem with creative potential. Sometimes brainstorming for angles on breaking news can push your creative limits. this is a good topic for class discussion. I hope we get to it.
    Links: 3 These links were fun. Liked the critique of Californication. How much does location/atmosphere affect how writers write/think? Good mind candy. Thanks. Also liked the Writing Tips site. There are GREAT exercises for writers on here. Many journalists go on to be fiction writers. It’s a natural progression.
    Grammar: 3

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