Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified

Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified

GOT A MYSTERY TO SOLVE? DON'T GET STUMPED. GET PSYCHED! You've seen him solve unsolvable crimes, stop unstoppable killers, and consume unconsumable breakfast cereals. Now Shawn Spencer, the mastermind from TV's hit show Psych, shows you how to become a fake psychic-and a real detective-using his patented methods of crime-fighting awesomeness. Along the way, he'll help you deal with whiny sidekicks (that means you, Gus), interfering police officers (including but not limited to Chief Vick, Lassiter, Henry, Buzz MacNab, and, ah, Juliet), and flashes of genius (like Evel Knievel's white leather jumpsuit). You'll discover: How to set up a totally bitchin' office, where Wednesday = Ladies Night How to convince your sidekick that he's really your partner How to pick up women at a crime scene Shawn's Stakeout Survival Guide, including sensible snacks Gus's Scream-and-Run Method for confronting criminals Unsolved mysteries like who stole Shawn's Sno-Caps in third grade The ideal sleuth car: Magnum, P.I.'s Ferrari or Knight Rider's K.I.T.T.? Who should play Shawn in the movie of his life: Christian Bale or Don Cheadle? New names for detectives, such as Rico Solvé and Sherlock Homeboy . . . and way more cool stuff. Packed with insane pop quizzes, unbelievable case studies, unflattering photos, and off-the-chart charts, this all-in-one guide will have you solving crimes and catching crooks like a pro-even if you don't have a clue.

Finding Truth in Fiction

What Fan Culture Gets Right--and Why it's Good to Get Lost in a Story

Finding Truth in Fiction

In Finding Truth in Fiction, two media psychologists reveal that there's much more to our desire to seek out stories in film, TV, and books than simple diversion - fiction can help us find truth in our real lives. Whether you consider yourself a fan of popular media or whether you find yourself thinking of a particular fictional scene for inspiration, you are not alone. Though some assume that interest in a fictional world is a sign of psychological trouble, the authors enthusiastically disagree. Because story worlds are simulations of our social world, we use them to make sense of our experiences and even decide what kind of people we want to be. This makes fiction far from trivial. By exploring our relationship with fictional stories and characters, the authors will examine how we create mental models in our minds so we can understand stories and characters and how we differentiate between the identities of characters and the actors who play them. What story arcs, such as the hero's journey, are we drawn to again and again? How do the moments that strike us as important in a story change as we age and move through different stages in our life? Delving into these questions and many more, the authors conclude that being a fan is not just healthy, it's human.

How to Manage Your Agent

A Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Representation

How to Manage Your Agent

First published in 2013. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.