I watched a few minutes of the super-successful show on my descent into LAX last week. I was horrified, of course, but I was a teensy bit hooked. Why?
It's not the stories, it's not the scenery . . . it's the Snooki.
Interesting and unique characters are at the core of all successful "shows", televised or not. Obviously, you need to avoid spray-tanned caricatures, but at the same time you need to remember why you can't stop watching shows like this, or movies like The Godfather or plays like Hamlet . . .
These are fascinating people that you don't meet on every street corner.
So when I sit down and write nowadays and find myself stuck in a boring scene, I repeat this little mantra . . .
You wanna 'em hooked? You gotta give 'em just a bit of Snook.
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