What's the most embarrassing mistake you made in a book that got caught by a sharp eyed reader?
Grrrr.....don't you just hate it when this happens? I'm especially sensitive to it when it's something medical. Like the opening credits to HOUSE which consistently showed an Xray backwards (the heart is meant to be on the LEFT in most humans!)--although, HOUSE is so filled with outrageous medical bloopers, that I haven't watched it in years, so they may have fixed that by now.
But given that a recent survey revealed that over 1/3 of Americans "learn" about medicine from prime-time dramas like HOUSE and GREY'S ANATOMY, well, let's just say that makes things a bit disheartening for someone like me, a real-life doc who tries her best to get things right in her books while still keeping them as entertaining as possible.
Which isn't easy--medicine changes so darn fast that sometimes what I carefully researched and was correct when I wrote the book has been reversed by the time I get to copyedits. Like for LIFELINES when the American Heart Association changed all of their resuscitation protocols while I was working on the book! I had to wade through 400+ pages of new protocols to make sure my doctors and nurses were doing things right.
What really bothers me isn't when a writer gets a fact wrong, it's when they get an entire profession wrong. Any real world doctor who made as many mistakes as the "Nation's best diagnostician" would have had their license yanked and be in debt from the malpractice and civil suits long ago--in not in jail for assault and battery.
Yet House not only thrives, he is pampered, coddled, and encouraged in his outlandish violations of ethics, scientific thinking (no, throwing every antibiotic in existence at a patient just "in case" they have an infection is not sound science), and logic (yes, let's please have the junior medical staff member be the one to drill into my brain instead of a fully trained neurosurgeon)
Only a great actor like Hugh Laurie could pull it off--and we love him for it! We forgive him for getting things wrong 3 times out of 4 and almost killing his patients time and again with his incompetence. Now that's genius! Acting and writing.
If only it weren't about medicine, then maybe I could sit back and enjoy, lol! And for your enjoyment, here's a HOUSE blooper reel:
So, what books, TV show, or movie drives you nuts with their "bloopers"?
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, October, 2009. Contact her at http://www.cjlyons.net