Why Alfred Hitchcock Presents is still incredibly thrilling

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents… In written form?

I have recently been watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix.  All 133 episodes.  I can’t get enough of them!  The show “presents” me with mysteries, confusing circumstances, gritty material, and incredibly thought provoking themes.  It’s deep.  This isn’t your run of the mill television show.  This requires effort and talent.  The kind of talent that many producers and directors lack.  I have to say, there are only a few movies and shows that I have seen in recent years that have kept me this uptight, and my mind racing.

You can’t predict the endings, or what is going to happen.  The unexpected pops out at you, and sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn’t.  But it doesn’t have t make sense, because by the time you finish the show, it has already accomplished what it set out to do.  It captivated you for thirty minutes, it left you with your mind racing and eyebrows raised.  And hopefully, questions as to what happened after the story ends.

Is this not what a writer should accomplish, and do, just as well as a videographer like Hitchcock?  You have the ability to cast whomever you want, create whatever environment you want, and do virtually whatever you want.  Nothing hinders you from creating stories of suspense just like Hitchcock.

Hitchcock Presents, in writing form.

I am going to try something.  I want to do a study on Alfred Hitchcock.  Artists will attempt to recreate someones piece of art, so why shouldn’t writers try to recreate a film in word form?  Essentially, I will watch an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and attempt to recreate the suspense and thrill that the episode gives.  I am not sure if I can do it at this point, however, I will try to the utmost of my ability to deliver.  If it can be done, then it is possible to learn a great deal about writing and expand my horizons.  Over the next few Tuesdays, I will be posting one “episode” and see how it turns out.

Please bear with me as I delve into this new style of writing!  I can’t wait, and I’m really looking forward to this.  If you would like to comment an episode I should start with, or write about later on, feel free to let me know!

Thanks, Mark

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