Writing a series bible

One of the items on my list of things to deliver for this CFC/EOne Adaptation lab this summer is a bible for my TV series. I haven’t really talked about it yet because I’ve been focused on learning how to write for TV, and sharing with you, my lovely followers, the process of taking the Portia Adams Adventures and adapting it for the small screen.

But as I make decisions about characters and their respective arcs, I am adding to a document that will eventually become the series bible. 

As I do this I find that I am adding what might be described as ‘commandments’ that come from my own TV watching.

For example:

Thou shall balance victims between male and female.

This is one of my serious peeves (not a pet one at all). Most cop shows you watch these days feature a majority of victims of the female persuasion. That does not count towards the Bechdel test by the way, just including a gorgeous dead body on the floor is not an acceptable way to include women in your script.

Thou shall avoid stereotypical gender crimes.

Have you ever noticed that every accused husband featured on a program is a cheater? Or that every accused woman is revenging herself on said cheater? Or every good looking woman is too stupid to be careful in her choices? Not here. Not on this TV show. If it’s stereotypical, turn it on its head or drop it.

Thou shall include people of color in non-token rolls

This is especially hard when you’re writing a 1930s pulp fiction, but I am determined to represent the diversity that existed in London at the time. Asher Jenkins is one example of that diversity, but I want to open up the ally, victim and suspect lists to include all colors and backgrounds. I actually need to do this more in the books as well.

What do you guys think? Do you have some commandments to add to my TV bible?

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Need a bit’o Biblical aid my friends

King James Bible
Bible image from http://scoanlondon.wordpress.com/tag/holy-bible/

Now that Book 6 is transcribed into the magical computer box, I can no longer ignore the square brackets around the part of the book that refer to Reverend Joseph’s sermons.

He has two sermons that Portia witnesses, and they don’t need to be detailed, but should be as accurate as they can be to the Christian Bible. Not being a Christian (I’m a Hindu who is as fond of Jesus as I am of Krishna) I am left with the internet as my source of scripture.. and surprisingly, its not great for finding the passages I am looking to quote.

I’ve been using the Bartleby site here http://www.bartleby.com/108/ and it’s pretty good, but requires that you are more familiar with the text than <ahem> am.

What I need is a sermon that quotes a biblical passage on prostitution, and so far all I’ve found is Leviticus 19: 29

“Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; Deut. 23.17 lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.”

And Isaiah 57: 3

“But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue?”

Does anyone have a better suggestion?

And the second sermon I seek to quote is about violence, and I found Psalms 58:

“Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.”

Again, anyone have a better suggestion?