I discovered Nathan Fillion when my dear friends introduced me to Firefly- a show so brilliant that I was destined to worship its existence long before I saw the first episode. The combination of the sheer genius of Joss Whedon combined with the delectable joy that Nathan Fillion brings to all his roles was heaven. While my love affair with Joss Whedon is no less strong without the added delight of Mr. Fillion; I loved him too much not to follow his Whedon-less exploits. Thus came Castle.
It is the perfect mix of sitcom humor, crime drama, and that magical tension between two lead characters who just won’t get together no matter how much you want them to (I.E. The X-Files factor). And Nathan Fillion is no less adorable, wonderful and squeal-worthy as Richard Castle than he was as Malcolm Reynolds (or Captain Hammer, for that matter).
However, to give credit where credit is way overdue I will say that Castle wouldn’t be Castle without the truly fantastic writers crafting every episode. Their ability to walk the tight rope of drama vs. comedy is staggering and the characters that they’ve created in this show are just amazing.
One of those writers decided that having the show wasn’t enough and went ahead and started writing the series of books that Richard Castle wrote. For those of you who aren’t fans of the show, I will briefly explain the plot: Richard Castle is a mystery writer who writes best-selling crime novels. In order to do research for his new books he gets himself assigned to follow a tough female detective in the NYPD’s 12 precinct. (He’s friends with the mayor.) He then creates a character based on this detective whom he calls Nikki Heat and starts a new series of novels about her and her exploits as a homicide detective. In the show, the first book in the series is called Heat Wave and it does well enough that he gets permission to continue following this detective until he gets tired of writing the series.
Having the book featured in the episodes is one thing. Having a physical copy of it with the author’s name (Richard Castle) plastered across the front cover is quite another. The fan girl in me gets giddy just looking at the thing. And if the writing in the book is anything like the writing in the series I have a feeling this is going to be a very fun read for me.