Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do You Ever Use TV Programs When Doing Research?

I am in the research stage of several different MG and YA historical fiction book ideas.  The topics I'm researching are; lighthouses and their keepers, haunted lighthouses, shipwrecks, civil war era, and railroads.
I'm reading books, looking for journals or record books, and checking the internet.  I will later contact librarians, historical societies, historians, visit museums, and visit lighthouses.

I've also found some interesting TV programs on the History Channel, the Science Channel, and local network stations, that all pertain to the topics I'm researching.  I'm recording the programs so that I can refer back to the information.  I know like anything else, I need to double check and triple check any information I gather.

My question to everyone is this: 

Do you ever use TV programs as a source of information when gathering research materials?   


Stephen Tremp said...

I use the Discovery Channel and Science Channel a lot. I also use YouTube and watch portions of these shows too. They are very helpful to keep up on the latest and greatest in the world of science.

Stephen Tremp

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I've used a variety of shows to get me in the mood to write certain pieces, especially historical fiction. I'm working on a ya romance and have been watching some teen movies for inspiration....

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Stephen, thanks for stopping by. My husband and I enjoy watching the Discovery Channel. Lots of great shows.

Hi Sharon, thanks for stopping by. I too watch some of the teen movies to get ideas because teens today are nothing like when I was a teen.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Looks like you've pretty well covered the resources. I like the history channel and when I was researching my CW story I watched DVD's of the CW. Also, libraries are great to order books about the area in your book. I also visited museums and CW sites where I found copies of journals and old newspapers that helped a lot.

The Internet has a lot of good info on lighthouses.

Good luck with your research and have fun. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Beverly. Thanks for stopping by. My husband mentioned that our local library has some DVD's pertaining to the Civil War. We were talking about checking them out and watching them.

Thank you for mentioning old newspapers. I hadn't thought of that.

Have a great day!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susanne .. we I don't write books .. but I do take some ideas from the TV or Radio .. mostly TV and then adapt that information into something that appeals to me ..

The British TV has some very good documentary type programmes and recently there've been some amazing topics ..

The British Museum this year produced a series on one hundred of their huge 'Cabinet Of Curiosities' .. as the British Museum way back when was described.

I selected a Walrus Chess Bishop - representative of Christianity .. made in the 12th century ..

The post became titled .. "Chess, one of 100 Objects, Northern Sea Trading Routes, India and Persia" .. because I had no idea the original trading routes were overland from India, into Persia & up through the Russias and Eastern Europe to the Baltic States and then round Scotland and on to the Isles, or Ireland ..

So I educate myself at the same time ..

I don't regurgitate .. though I do take notes and then type them up .. and then they're here for me to use as and when ..

Probably wasting my time .. but I enjoy it! .. and I learn so much - this actually came from a podcast I listened to .. on BBC History ..

So - to answer your question .. I do listen & use their information - then research some more - in the direction I've decided to go in ..

But my research is selective to my thoughts only .. and ultimately my blog post - I don't want it to be wrong .. but at times I know I'm not perfectly right!

If I was writing I'm not sure how I'd go about things ..

There's so much information available now - good luck with all your looking! Have fun & enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's an interesting question. I haven't. But if I were to write a thriller or murder mystery, I would definitely use that Forensic or Cold Case Files.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Hilary, thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed reading your comment. That Cabinet of Curiosities series sounds very interesting. Have a great weekend!

Hi Jennifer, thanks for stopping by. I bet a person could get some good ideas from shows like those. Have a great weekend!


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