It’s been said I don’t write enough… that I should post more in my blog. While I haven’t been good on that score, this is quite cool enough for my blog even though it’s something my wife is doing for Halloween — making a “Castle” costume. Both Christine and I are fans of the Castle show with it’s smart writing and bookish style. In the show best selling author Richard Castle (played by cult hero Nathan Fillion) shadows Detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) and in more dangerous parts of the show when the police officers put on their bullet-proof vests that say “POLICE,” Castle puts on his that says, “WRITER.”
Part of the fanservice of the show concerns things that writers and readers of books enjoy. In many ways, writers, as celebrities, have faded over the last 40 years as writers of other media (most notably movies) have outshined them in our oh-so-celebrity culture. I have to admit giving an admiring chuckle when the show introduced the “WRITER” vest for Castle. It fits perfectly with his personality.
Consider the photo to the left here. Notice that the “POLICE” vests have the word on the left panel taking up roughly half the width of the vest. The “WRITER” vest has it’s word emblazoned across the entire front. Who’s compensating for something?
But that compensation is perfectly part of Castle’s character and possibly represents how writers and book lovers (in general) feel about their craft. That either the book has too long taken a back seat to other media (and thus requires the compensation) or that the book, while important in their eyes, is less important to the world in general and thus shares Castle’s need for compensation.
Seriously, tho, it’s Halloween… and this is a cool costume. Christine has taken a winter vest (gift from former employer) and some dark blue felt (mostly to cover the company logos). The letters are white posterboard — not the best choice, but they’ll do in a pinch.