On Drama

Drama.  It’s something everyone who went to public High School is familiar with.  It isn’t a fond memory for people, but it certainly is a relatable topic.  Perhaps this is why High School-esque drama is often prevalent in young adult books and television.  Drama is compelling (even if we don’t want to admit it) and again it’s something we can all relate to.

The “will they won’t they” relationships make us guys groan most of the time, yet there is something engaging about them.  We still root for them (even if it is to have them get the tension over with and move the plot toward something else). Lana and Clark from the show Smallville is one of the more extreme examples.  At first there was a fun playfulness about them, but after awhile it got to be too much.  This is one of the major criticisms of the show, but it is far from alone on this front. This doesn’t always apply to young adult series, adult shows and books feature this too, sometimes to a larger degree depending on the story.

It’s fascinating to me that we are intrigued by something in fiction that most-likely was a source of pain and heartache when we experienced it in life.  Drama is one of the biggest genres on television (admittedly it is a rather vague category) which proves to me that people love it, despite complaining about its presence in fiction.

Yes, we complain about drama in fiction and in life.  These aren’t unfounded complaints; drama isn’t something we want too much of in our entertainment and rational people try to avoid it as much as possible in the real world.

What do think about drama?  Are you intrigued by it in a story or do you think it should be used sparingly?  What do you think is a good amount of drama in a story?

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