3 Documentaries To Interest Writers

On the Home Front: Things are almost back to normal in Houston except every time it clouds up, everyone gets anxious. The most expansive flood waters that remain are in the reservoirs and rivers. 

There was an interesting article in the Houston Chronicle this past Sunday about the reasons for all these floods in areas that have never flooded before. It all has to do with developers and builders not building required rainwater retention ponds because of "grandfathering" and using legal loopholes.

Is it okay that these developers and builders do this just because they can? No!! While it may be legal, it is morally wrong and irresponsible.

But I digress. I came to tell you about 3 documentaries I saw on Netflix that are great research material for writers. You can find them on Amazon are other websites where you can stream videos.

American Experience: The Poisoner's Handbook

Fascinating documentary about the 2 men who developed the field of forensics. If you write historical mysteries, this is a must see. This was so interesting that I watched it twice.

Some stories this film are heartbreaking. In today's world, it's hard to believe that radium was once touted as a health tonic. People drank it to be healthy. So was it any wonder that young women who worked in a watch factory, painting the numbers on watch dials for glow-in-the-dark watches, would also paint their fingernails with it?

Meet the Patels: A Real Life Romantic Comedy

This is a wonderful film that should interest anyone who believes that love conquers all. "With his 30th birthday just around the corner, Ravi Patel finds himself in a love triangle with the woman of his dreams and his parents." Of course, Ravi's parents want--insist--that he marry a nice Indian girl. There's only one problem. I'll let you watch this affectionate portrait of a son who wants to please his parents. You'll figure out his problem as you watch the film. I loved this film because it affirms my belief that there really is someone for everyone even if that someone isn't what you wanted or expected. Great for those who write romance.

Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots

Everyone needs to see this, but it's particularly of interest to those interested in recent history as a background for novels. This portrait of the women who served the United States from Revolutionary War to present day should be seen by all. It will stir your imagination and your emotions. I found it of particular interest because my mom worked in a "shell" plant during WWII. The shell referred to the cannon shells the plant made for the war effort.

Takeaway Truth

Documentaries offer an easy way to learn information that may serve you as a writer or as a human being.

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