The much awaited writer’s strike started today. I bet Netflix and Blockbuster are thrilled. Some TV shows will start airing reruns tonight, other shows have a handful of unaired episodes, but all scripted TV shows will be hitting the reruns sooner than later if the strike lasts any amount of time. Here’s a chart listing the status of some shows. Unlike TV shows, movie scripts are written long before production begins. Plus, this strike has been looming for a long time and many producers were buying extra scripts a year ago. This means movies will continue in production for a while. That isn’t necessarily good news, because movies lately have been rotten, and once the Oscar-contenders are released in November and December, that trend looks to continue. So, as I said, Netflix and Blockbuster must be happy…in the not too distant future, this strike will probably mean an increase in rentals.
But I challenge all us to shock Netflix and Blockbuster, and even Hollywood. Instead of picking up a rental, support a writer and pick up a book! Read, read, read! Of course many book authors are not TV or movie writers, but authors are writers and that typically means they are underpaid. Most authors have to work other jobs to support their writing careers. And in Hollywood, the writers often make a mere fraction of what actors, directors, and producers make.
Show your support to writers and read. In fact, share with us here just what you’re currently reading. I’m in the middle of several books. Two books I’m just paging through to remind myself how to use a Mac. I’m also reading The Jane Austen Book Club and The First Wave, a WWII sequel to a book I read last year. I’m not far enough into either novel to offer a recommendation, but I’ll let you know.
What about your latest reads? Any recommendations? Let us know.