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God awful writing in TV programming (mega serials in particular)

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Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 21:19 IST (last updated: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 20:26 IST)

I've ranted in depth before about mega-serials (a.k.a. soap operas) but I wanted to add a few more points that make them particularly cringe-worthy:

  1. Exposition - check.
  2. Unnatural dialogues - check.
  3. Inconsistent characterization/lack of character development - check.
  4. Lack of psychological depth - check.
  5. Infantile and illogical plot twists/turns - check.
  6. Deus ex machina - Check.

So apart from suffering from other issues too detailed to go into here, mega serials suffer from severe deficiencies in story-telling. I simply cannot get over the fact that they remain so popular among the general public. I guess the only reason is that mediocrity has become so common-place that people have no choice but to accept and digest it, so much so that it has become the staple diet of television.

What ever happened to good storytelling and creativity?

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