Fiction and Reality | TV Series

Filed under: more than IT. english. — Tags: , , , , — supernova @ 12:07 AM

In the previous story I pondered on invisible reality and fiction that seems to be real.

The most visible form of fiction is the film business. Since this is exactly what we spectators expect Hollywood to provide that’s fine. We all want to forget about the daily routine from time to time.

I want it to be understood that this does not include documentary films as their goal is not entertainment and it would be very cynical to look at war reports as fiction.

Let’s go back to the film industry. Even though we know that the story is made up and that the actors are not identical with the characters they play the impact movies have on us seem to be real. At least this offers a possible explanation for the fact the some actors always play similar roles even if it might not be their own desire. Experts might think that some actors are born comedians while others are brilliant character actors or film companies do not want to change a winning horse.

Still, I am afraid that this is only half the story. TV channels bestow a never ending amount of series upon us. Although each episode is a story of its own they are all manned with the same characters. Each TV series consist of certain patterns which slightly vary from one episode to the next. Be it “Lassie”, “Bonanza” or “The Simpsons” we know the standard team that clings together fighting against the rest of the world. You will admit that this sounds rather boring and repetitive. Nevertheless, series and some characters seem to have a seat in our living room and given the number of episodes some series have it takes quite some time until we lose temper and fire them. Maybe series add some stability to our hectic lives and make a nice contrast to the news.

Media scientists analyse TV series. I don’t know the research results but I believe that we like – or in some cases don’t like – these characters for certain reasons. Moreover, it doesn’t seem to make a difference if the character is a comic figure or a real person. Yellow Bart Simpson and his hedgehog-like haircut have probably more admirers than the coolest FBI agent. If you ask me to choose I go for Wilma Flintstone – the comic figure. Why? Of all series stars she makes me laugh the most.

And this is real!


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  1. Wilma is a fabulous take off on Alice fro the Honeymooners. She is Audrey Meadows..and you are right she is funny. I like Rocky and Bullwinkle.

    Comment by Pamela Morse — 2013/08/07 @ 11:34 PM

  2. I don’t know the Honeymooners. I like all the gadgets in Wilma’s houshold and admire her patience with her loud-mouthed husband. Too funny.

    Comment by Brigitte Kobi — 2013/08/08 @ 7:11 AM

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