On whether or not there are aspects of the television show that she wished she would have thought of for her book:
“A lot of the science and technology they use on there is really pretty good. I’m sometimes amazed at how they dig out some of the ideas for the different stories. So, every now and then I’ll then think “Well, why didn’t think of that?” Like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame arena or the urban spelunking arena …When I see that I think that I need to be more creative in my settings.”
On whether having the TV show different from the book is problematic:
“In season one I got quite a few emails saying, ‘Wait a minute. This isn’t Tempe. This is different.’ Initially, I was resistant, but I love it, I love both. It’s like two manifestations of this character that I love so much. I do think there was some negative reaction initially, but I don’t think that’s true anymore. We’ve got younger Tempe – a 30-something Tempe – on TV and a 40-something… in the book. They understand that that’s an older part of the character.”
On the switch in popularity from police dramas to forensic dramas:
“We did our work in our lab for years and nobody paid any attention to us. Then, somewhere in the mid-to-late 90s there was this swell of interest in forensics. My colleagues and I were totally baffled – we didn’t know why all of a sudden we became hot and sexy.”
“…Which [was] not long after the O.J. trial and I think that’s where this whole interest came from. People listened to that stuff 24/7 and heard about blood spatter patterns, DNA and angled stab wound trajectory.”
On how Twitter has impacted the show:
“I just started Tweeting, inspired largely by Hart Hanson – who is a great Tweeter. I’m amazed at how I really didn’t understand the power of it, but I’m amazed that if I Tweet something it gets Re-Tweeted and Re-Tweeted. So, it really does reach a huge number of people.”
On whether she’ll be making any more guest appearances on the show:
“Every time I’m out there, Hart and I talk about it and I had a whole lot of fun doing it. I was initially reluctant to appear on camera and Hart said that he’ll write the part and if you don’t want to do it, we’ll cast it. I was still fairly reluctant and then he told me that David Duchovny was directing. So I said, “Oh Yes! I am on board!” and I turned out having a real good time.”
“So, yeah, I would like to do another one. I think they may have created a monster when they let me go in front of the camera.”
So, there you have it. An amazing look into the world of the real-life Temperance Brennan. While I initially thought her saying the O.J Simpson trial was the turning point in forensic television was a bit off, I now find myself completely agreeing with her.
Also, I love the fact that she has the same sense of humor as Brennan. I wonder if she also messes up common sayings.
With only a few more weeks before the season finale, I can’t wait to see where the series takes us. After Reichs’ episode, we’ve got the return of a “familiar face” and Billy Gibbons takes a break from ZZ Top to reprise his role as Angela’s father.
Hmmm… I wonder why he would need to return. Is someone getting married? Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler as I have no idea what’s going to happen in the season finale, but I wouldn’t be fan if I didn’t speculate… and giggle while doing it.
What did you think of Kathy Reichs talking about Bones? Find anything interesting? Are you still angry about her joining the band-wagon of not wanting Booth and Brennan together?
You can catch Kathy Reich’s episode of Bones next Thursday, on Fox.
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