While we temporarily stayed with my mom, the three of us decided to dive into Netflix. Since none of us had seen Mad Men, we started from the beginning.
Important side note: We’ve only watched the first two seasons, so please no spoilers in the comment section.
At first I was frustrated with the show and wondered how it attracted so many viewers. An important rule in writing, is that the main character needs to be likeable. Who would want to continue reading a book if they hated the main character?
So, why did people continue to watch Mad Men when Don Draper was such a despicable character? A drunk, a womanizer and a coward who ran away from his heinous past. I forced myself to continue to watch the first few episodes hoping to see some redeeming quality in him.
About halfway through the first season, he finally showed some kindness. It moved me, considering his usual cold, lying, cheating self. It was just a small thing he did, but it gave me hope for the character.
In addition to Don Draper, each character is uniquely formed. Their psychological issues drive the relationships. With each episode we see further into the characters dysfunctional families and the drama it causes.
What? This is exactly the type of stuff I write. Boy, how I wished I could’ve written for that show.
Aside from the two women, Peggy Olson and Betty Draper, I was disappointed with the depiction of the others who were either slutty party girls or nagging wives. So far, I haven’t seen a woman with any real moral backbone. This is a fault I would’ve cured if I had been one of the writers.
This is what my writing is all about. Even my blog reflects going through daily life challenges, learning, growing and overcoming. The Mad Men mania shows that audiences are interested in these kinds of stories, yet I can’t seem to find a publisher who is open to my type of genre. I’ve been told their focus is centered on romance, which my writing includes, but it’s not the main story. I write family and personal relationship sagas. It’s not like I haven’t searched. I had one editor write me a rude response about how I needed to do a Google search for the right publisher, because their focus was on romance. Umm, what’s Google? Of course I did a search. I spent weeks looking for publishers. In the mean time, I may be offering editing services myself soon. If anyone thinks they might be interested, let me know. I’m putting out feelers first.
Are there any other authors who have had trouble finding the right publisher for their little niche of a genre?