Whenever I talk about my favorite authors, there is one person I invariably leave out who is without a doubt at the top of my favorite list: Rod Serling. I think it is because I have him pigeonholed off to the side as the narrator of TV show and it is only when I am giving the subject full attention that the fact he wrote most of the TV shows he narrated comes to mind. Long before M. Night Shyamalan created his first ending with a twist, Rod not only brought the style to the screen brilliantly—–many of the episodes he wrote are the Master Class of how it's done.
"It has forever been thus: So long as we write what we think, then all the other freedoms - all of them - may remain intact. And it is then that writing becomes a weapon of truth, an article of faith, an act of courage." Rod Serling
I freely admit several of
the stories in Pimping Out My Sister-In-Law were written using techniques I
picked up from Rod Serling. Just like every other writer, I blend the styles I
observe and enjoy while reading into the things I compose. I am waiting now for a copy
of his biography to arrive. Since this was written by his daughter, it probably
gives a better insight than anything written by someone outside of his family.
It'll be interesting to learn more about this brilliant writer and the
convictions that made him create a TV show that is still entertaining and
meaningful over fifty years later.