The Perfect Game
by John Hansen
A Murderous reality show is far from an original idea, as it's been seen in pop culture numerous times--from the lesser-known flick Series 7, to the Manhunt video game franchise. Luckily, then, the TV show is mostly background noise for this piece, as it is really about an obsessed viewer named Jeff who is wrestling with the idea of performing an amateur version of The Perfect Game on his wife.
The concept of murder is treated almost like a virus here, as it infects Jeff through the television screen and changes him from a brow-beaten husband to an embittered man with homicidal tendencies bubbling just beneath the surface. This, for me, was the most interesting aspect of the story although it was unfortunately only briefly touched upon.
I'm glad that the ending had a twist, but I can't say that it was as clever as I would have wished. It could use a slight tweaking to make it even more satisfying.
This story is very short, and the whole experience could have been greatly enhanced with an extended length. I would have liked to have gotten to know the characters at least a little, as they were basically sketches painted with the broadest of strokes.
Minor complaints aside, this was a decent story superbly written. John Hansen is a young writer--teenaged, even, though I can't say exactly what age--and already has a great grasp of language and narrative flow. If I wrote as well as he does when I was his age, I'd be rich and famous by now.
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