For those people who know me best, it might not come as a surprise that I have a bit of a TV addiction. Not in any really bad kind of way, but my DVR is recording at least three to four shows on any given night of the week.
I know that might seem like a lot, but as a budding writer, and hopeful best-selling author in the future, I find TV shows to be a good way to learn the ins and outs of writing gripping and compelling narratives.
I will admit that some of the shows I watch aren’t exactly story driven. Shows like the “Big Bang Theory” or “How I Met Your Mother” do not have much meat on their bones when it comes to a deep story like you might find in a good book, but shows such as “Once Upon a Time” or “Doctor Who” more than make up for any lack in story telling I might find in other shows.
For those of you who haven’t heard of or seen “Once Upon a Time,” shame on you! In my opinion as a humble reporter, “Once Upon a Time” is one of the best written and well thought out shows on any channel today. And if you aren’t watching it already, you really should give it a chance.
“Once Upon a Time” far and away outshines any reality show or half-hour comedy with the shear amount of depth it is able to shell out week after week. Not only are there two storylines going on at once, but they continuely intertwine and overlap as the narrative moves forward.
Although it might seem like a lot to process, the writers for the show do a great job of bringing everything together to make sense by the end of every episode. However, that does not mean they don’t leave you with more questions than you might have had before the episode began, but in my opinion that only makes the show that much better.
If you have yet to watch the show, the premise is a little out there. As the title suggests, the main plot of the show is that the fairytale characters we love and know from every Disney movie or bed time story has been transported to our world by an evil queen.
Then one day, the protagonist’s child she put up for adoption years ago arrives on her doorstep telling her that she is the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White. Not only that, but she is also the only person who can save those aforementioned fairytale characters and break the curse that sent them to our world in the first place.
Taking a leap of faith, the protagonist leaves her regular life to follow her son to the little town of Storybrooke, somewhere in Maine. Once there, she begins to realize something is not right with the people there, even if she is reluctant to believe the crazy story herself.
As each episode goes by, the writers reveal the true identity of the happy inhabitants of Storybrooke. And you might be surprised to find out who the seemingly innocent people really are deep down inside. These revelations, above anything else, have been one of the best parts of the show as a whole.
And the way the writers give you little bits and pieces to the bigger whole is another extremely compelling bit of story telling that goes a long way to prove just how good they really are. It keeps you guessing and makes you want to tune in each week to find out just who everyone really is. And some times, it might just surprise you who your favorite character really is.
As I was saying earlier, I love “Once Upon a Time” because of the writing and the way the show just keeps getting better every episode. Not only that, but the writers continue to find new ways to twist the story that you never see coming.
But another reason I really enjoy this show is because it is a show my whole family can really enjoy. I miss those nights when I could just sit down and have my sisters and parents all around me enjoying a good show with each other.
So, in case I haven’t hammered it into your head yet, you need to take a chance on “Once Upon a Time.” It is one of my favorite shows on the air today and I know more than a few of you will agree with me once you make your first visit to Storybrooke.