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Kinda LIke the Myers Piece.

Myers (87-96 ABNW) feature comes right before Hull (96-111 ABNW) and both of these features read like scripts/novels/novellas-whatever you want to put here beside newspaper article. This is a completely different take on crime writing from the article we are writing on Janet and Jon, but also more of a feature piece.

"Don't move," the voice behind her ordered.
Maybe it was some other sort of weapon at her head, a lead pipe or something. But a voice in the distance confirmed what she feared.
"He's got a gun." (102 ABNW)

That is Lifetime movie of the week good script writing. Or like Jeremy mentioned in his blog something from Oprah-truly something I could see her producing or getting turned into a book of the month-the tragedy of the event is something both she and her fans love to cry about. I can see and appreciate this different style of journalism-so much more creative and more entertaining then facts and facts. There is more freedom for the writer in these feature pieces then there are in writing the regular articles.

Comments (3)

Yes you hit it on the head. "Metal to Bone" read like a lifetime movie. this is the kind of journalistice writing I want to do: it is expressive, but truthful at the same time. Hull sucks the reader into the story as a neutral fly-on-the-wall third party. We see the stroy unfold before our eyes. Hull is creative with the truth. I suppose you could just call her style a "non-fiction narrative", told by an invisible observer who is partially omniscient, seeing into the heads of all those affected by and invloved with the crime.

Maddie Gillespie:

I completely agree with you when you talk about how this writing would make a good Lifetime movie or see it aired on Oprah, like Jeremy mentioned. This was a good feature article that covered crime and definitively told the facts, but in a creative way so as to keep the reader interested.

Jackie Johns:

I reacted the same way to the Hull article - I found her use of narrative and feature writing very powerful. After seeing your comparison to Opah and Lifetime though, I'm starting to wonder if journalists who write about real-life crimes in this style are walking a thin line - it seems easy for their articles to read more like fiction even though they are fact.

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