What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV aka Justifying my TV Habit.
M is a toss-up between Merlin (good example of taking a mythology and making a new, modern twist on it, but sticking to the principles of it) and My So-Called Life.
I’m going with My So-Called Life because Jordan Catalano WINS.
This show felt like teen life. People didn’t always learn a lesson or hug at the end. Angela was introspective. Cried. She didn’t act perfectly or always make the right choice. This was one of the first times themes like homelessness and school violence weren’t introduced as part of a ‘Very Special Blossom’ but as part of a continuing storyline.
It’s also a great example of a teen asserting and finding her identity. This is an important YA Theme.
I take a lot away from My So-Called Life in terms of writing but I guess the main one would be that it’s okay to be real, in all its gritty, not perfect, not always resolved glory. That teenagers cry and are introspective and lust after the Catalano when the Brian is right there.
I love that Tino is mentioned every episode but we NEVER actually meet him. I must work a Tino reference in to a novel sometime.
Quote: It had become the focus of everything. It was all I could feel, all I could think about. It blotted out the rest of my face, the rest of my life. Like the zit had become... the truth about me.