I wanted to post a photo of that moment in the first episode of Season 6, after Jack Bauer is tied to the chair, awaiting more torture and certain death. I want a picture of that moment when he rips the guard's neck open with his teeth, blood gushing from his lips. Even the moment when Jack holds the guard's dead body in his arms, blood smeared across his face.
I can't get that image out of my mind, not after two whole weeks.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I don't think I could create that moment in a hundred thousand words. There's something so animalistic about it. Something that gets you in the gut, that makes you wonder if you could do the same thing. Even faced with certain death, could you rip into some guy's neck with your teeth until he dies in your arms?
(You can view this season's episodes of 24 online!) And hey, if anyone can find an image of that moment, I would LOVE a copy. I want to hang it on my wall by my desk, so I know what I'm aiming for in my writing. I also have a picture of Stephen King on the wall, one of the freaky ones that scare me into writing, and remind me that I can't write superficially. You know, my whole "dig deeper" motto.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter made me gasp out loud. I don't remember any other novel ever doing that to me. It also made my mouth drop open in shock. Until that moment, I hadn't realized that my mouth hadn't dropped open in years.
Question of the Day: How do you make a reader gasp out loud in shock? How do you put a visual in a reader's mind, one so powerful that they can't stop thinking about it, long after they've finished the book?
I don't know, but I know it's got something to do with the gut.
By the way, I officially take back what I said about Greg Rucka's Tara Chace. Who says I won't listen when several people tell me I'm full of shit? *grins* I picked up Private Wars today, and ... holy cow. How can one not be gripped by that opening? I also tried A Gentleman's Game again, and I'm afraid I still couldn't get into it.
It might be the ADD thing. When I'm cheating with cheese and dairy here and there, an author is lucky if he/she can keep my attention for a sentence. Still ... I'll try Gentleman's Game after I read Private Wars. Maybe it'll be better.
Private Wars, on the other hand, is probably worth a later review. In fact, it'll probably be sooner than later. :-)