Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
I'm so glad you asked, SanDiego. I'm all for literary license, but it annoys me to no end when I'm happily entrenched in an otherwise good novel and the author has some poor patient getting treated with something so radically wrong that I cannot finish reading the book.
So maybe you can enlighten us--when we see something like that, is there someone we can write to and get a correction?
I completely understand where you're coming from. While I know close to nothing about medicine (and as a rule, I *shouldn't* really write about it), I am an expert on another subject matter, and I simply avoid any books and or movies that are based on the subject because it's just never "right."
Getting a correction is tricky. Your best bet is to write directly to the writer and not the publisher. If it's something the author is inclined to change, they can do so before further editions are printed. Publishers won't care; they're just the middle men.
But like you said, fiction is -- as stated -- fiction, and authors are great abusers of dramatic license. But I know that, as an author, I would personally be very grateful if an expert took the time to correct something I had written -- if only to prevent the same mistake from appearing in my work again.
I don't know how you nurses manage to watch television with all the medical shows out there. You guys must go out of your minds watching all the wrong-doing!