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Fictional characters – a lesson from Seinfeld


Today’s re-blog is from Roz Morris — always good for a fresh approach in writing — with what she sums up as “equilibrium of irritation” & “push-pull accommodation” — fascinating…

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Dave has recently been developing a sitcom, which has led to interesting conversations about the characteristics of the form. To get a feel for it, we have been watching Seinfeld– and especially the season where they write a TV show ‘about nothing’.

At the risk of sounding precious, this phrase ‘A show about nothing’ seems to be the key to the entire sitcom form. Not just Seinfeld, but sitcoms generally. And more widely – which is why I’m bothering you with it here – I think some of its principles could be used to make all fictional characters a little more lifelike.

So – in a sitcom we generally watch characters in everyday life, doing their thing. There aren’t any big changes in the status quo (and if there are any coming in Seinfeld, please don’t tell me as we’re only on Season 4). The pleasure and…

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2 responses to “Fictional characters – a lesson from Seinfeld

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 8, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Thanks, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 8, 2017 at 2:03 am

      Thank *You*, Roz — now, get back to watching Seinfeld :-)

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