I am petty. I'm not proud of it (at least that's one mortal sin I avoid), but I have to admit I hold animus and jealousy toward people who have found success for their novels in TV and movies. I’ve said in the past I don't watch many police shows because they’re just silly compared to the real life of a police officer. But the fact is, more recently, my pettiness probably had more to do with it then realism.
It's tough to hold these feelings towards a friend like Jeff Lindsay's darkly comic novels that are the basis for Showtime’s Dexter series. He's too good of a guy to deserve petty jealousy and frankly, if he could come up with a novel like Darkly Dreaming Dexter, I don't want this guy mad at me.
One show that has nothing to do with me, or, as far as I know, any of my friends, is A&E's The Glades. I know the premise and virtually every day someone comes up to me and asks if I have something to do with the show because it is about the exploits of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agent working in the wild south-central part of our swampy state. I get e-mail from people who read Escape Clause, which, coincidentally is about an FDLE agent working in Belle Glade. I am an actual FDLE agent who has worked in Belle Glade and wrote the F&^%$#G book in 2005, five years before the show came on the air. I think I have a right to be jealous of a show like that. I didn't even get asked to consult on the show. And I have never seen it. Partly because I'm busy, but also, I'm sad to say, partly because I'm petty.
The one exception to this juvenile attitude is for the work of my very good friend, Paul Levine. I love the movies based on his early novels set in Miami and involving my favorite professional football team, the Miami Dolphins. I know they changed Jake Lassiter's name but the gist of the story and the characters are the same.
That was a work of genius, good job, Paul. (For legal reasons I must state that Paul Levine, nor any of his relatives, had anything to do with Ace Ventura or any other pet detective.)
Am I wrong to be an envious little twerp?