Why Writers Should Watch Netflix

12 May

Rachel and I are all caught up with one of our favorite shows Once Upon a Time (do you watch it? didja see the season finale?! Rachel and I were on the edge of our seats!). During writing time lately, I’ve been binge-watching the earlier episodes of the show and marveling at how the characters have changed and developed throughout the four seasons of the show.

I’m generally not one for too much television. Once Upon a Time is actually the only show I really keep up with (unless one counts a couple of awesome YouTubers). However, I’ve come to realize that Netflix can actually be pretty beneficial when it comes to helping a writer (and, no, I’m not just saying that in order to be able to justify more television watching).

Netflix allows people to stream multiple episodes right in a row. With the availability to binge-watch a show like that, there are no commercials to interrupt the story’s flow and we get to watch the entire arc expand, from beginning to climax to conclusion. It aids the writer in figuring out tension, foreshadowing, symbolism, and flow of a story.

The characters’ developments are also easily seen. We can see a villain become a hero, or a hero become a villain, in a matter of weeks instead of months or years. Streaming shows allows us to see general character archetypes and, if it’s well done, how to turn those archetypes on their heads. It aids writers in seeing character reactions in beautiful settings, helping writers to develop their own characters as actors with real reactions rather than just words on a page.

What do you all think? Does television streaming help or hinder writers?


Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Home


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8 responses to “Why Writers Should Watch Netflix

  1. tahenryauthoress

    May 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I think it depends heavily on the quality of the show. Take my current bedtime viewing choice. I picked it because it is flat. The characters do not develop at all. The repetitiveness helps me fall asleep. LOL. But I also I agree the ability to binge watch can be an asset if you can find quality to binge on.

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    • Kris P.

      May 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Ah, well then your current viewing shows you how NOT to develop your characters, haha! Thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚


  2. Rachel

    May 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    If the show has good writers, then yes it helps. πŸ˜›

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kris P.

      May 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

      If the show doesn’t have good writers, then it’ll show us what NOT to do. xD


  3. Aaron Wilson

    May 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I agree, being able to watch TV shows continuously can be very similar to reading a nice, long novel. You spend a lot of time with characters and really pick up on changes they go through, big or small. Most recently it was Daredevil, for me. Really great character arcs.

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    • Kris P.

      May 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Daredevil is on my to-watch list (along with Gotham, Arrow, and Flash)! Thanks for endorsing it and for commenting! πŸ™‚

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