Do you remember waking up early on Saturday morning, rub your eyes to rid the sleepiness, eager to flip to the cartoon channel, in my day it would have been WB, FOX-box, Cartoon-Network or Nickelodeon, so you could indulge in a slew of cartoons about heroism, vengeance, comedic imaginariums or mysteries? Following you favorite characters every week, discovering their histories, watching how they get out of or into trouble on a weekly basis and building on the history through familiarity of the world created in front of us became such an integral part of how kids from my generation related to one another and how we developed our imaginative building blocks in further creating expansions on our imagination. But what’s important is that the adventures of our heroes didn’t feel repetitive and stale. Each week needed to bring something new into it, to add something to the world around it and to create a dilemma that is wholly unique that challenges the characters’ skills in new and interesting ways. This way there is a reason to keep coming back to watching the show, instead of missing a week and missing out on nothing substantial to the development of the characters that we know.
It’s a little but funny, but then again, no.
How we attach ourselves to characters in a television show.
I don’t have much to say, but if I did
I’d write a blog about it, where it would live.
One thing that I love is getting wrapped up in a story. Getting wrapped up in the lives of characters who have lives outside of the story taking place. Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Doctor Who. It’s not just enough to have motivations of people inside a story but to know that these people have personalities, aspirations, or a psyche outside of what’s going on in the day-to-day moments of whatever medium the story is taking place. And some mediums have characters who persist for years, while other formats have characters who only show up for an hour-long episode before they go away. In spite of this, it’s sometimes easier to develop an attachment towards the hour-long character than the decade long one. But that’s counter-intuitive, don’t you think? If you’ve spent a decade following a character around, you’d expect there to be more of an attachment to these characters because you’d (hopefully) know their motivations to a better degree than someone who you’ve only known for an hour, where of that hour was also focusing on some event occurring around them so you can’t solely focus on this one-episode character the entire time.