A year or two ago I was analyzing the television shows I loved, attempting to discern why I liked those more than others. While there are many factors — characters, setting, themes, type of show, to name just a few — the shows that stuck with me were (and are) the ones that didn’t completely wrap up everything neatly at the end of every episode.
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Veronica Mars
- The Office
Obviously, there are others; Lost is quite involved, and 24 has always had season-long story arcs. (But for my purposes today, 24 isn’t the best example.) And just because a show has these more involved story lines doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll love it.
All of these shows have had story lines that last many episodes — often a full season or longer. And I postulate that this is the same reason I like to read book series. I get to spend more time with these characters, yes, and get to see them grow and change over a longer period of time and pages. But it also allows space for the characters to breath. I feel like I’m not explaining this very well; do you understand what I mean?
Note: I was inspired to write this post by My Friend Amy‘s post defending television.
I’m a private person. In general, I think before I speak. But then, sometimes I want to tell a story.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not thinking of or referring to any specific happening in this post. These are thoughts I’ve had, if not frequently, then more than once, anyway.
I’m not talking about made-up, fully fictional stories here, I’m talking about real life. Sometimes I want to share something I’ve experienced. Is it my story to tell simply because I was there? Or do I owe something to the other players of a narrative — it might be more their story than mine, or they may have more to lose by a given story being made public — to keep quiet, to let them keep their story to themselves? Should I wait until all the major players are dead or have made their peace with an event before I make public these stories we share?
Whether it’s blogging or writing a book, most of the stories we tell aren’t fully ours alone to share — after all, they . What’s the right thing to do?
Do you have any wisdom, any insight into this? Or does it not bother you?
Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks about these things, but I doubt it.
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