A friend of mine sent me a link to this article about the new Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice. The article is mostly an interview with the two executive producers, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, but touches on a subject that I should have mentioned but was too bashful to do (and boy howdy, do I really need to get over that!): I was published recently in a Smart Pop anthology of essays examining Grey’s Anatomy.
The article mentions the unique popularity enjoyed by GA, which is the subject of my essay, and really, it’s past time I mentioned the book because the folks at BenBella were wickedly fun to work with. My essay is an analysis of the hybrid status of GA as both a popular show and a cult show – it has a deeply devoted following usually found among cult shows, but it’s also watched by millions of people every week through multiple seasons. It brings in ratings and has a huge internet community devoted to fanfic, spoilers, and behind the scenes info. In the analysis, I trace that hybrid cult/pop status to what I believe to be the root cause: the writer’s blog that allows the show’s fans access to the team of writers working on each episode.
Not once do I mention romance, though, and since this is at best shameless promotion, I felt a little squidgy about mentioning it. But since the fall season is starting up and the book is (ahem) on sale now, I figured I might as well run this up the flagpole. If anything, you can go find my real name and read my spanky bio, which makes me giggle even though I wrote it.