Seriality explained

I found this article from the L.A. Times to be helpful in discovering more about seriality. The author uses “NCIS” as an example against a serial and explains the negative effects of this type of television show {which can also apply to literature).  The article talks about the successes of “NCIS” coming from the fact that the series “has bucked TV’s trend toward serialized storytelling, which, though popular with hard-core fans and many critics, requires more dedication from viewers and has almost certainly tamped down ratings for many shows.”  I found this interesting because, although true that serials require more attention and dedication, I think viewers (and readers) are willing to put in that time.  Shows like “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” are wildly popular, even though they ask a lot of their fans when it comes to paying attention and making connections.  I disagree with this article, and maybe even the fact that the show steers away from serial elements – it goes through many characters, has varying plot and comes with surprises, all elements of a serial.  I think that seriality will only become more popular due to the interest of viewers, listeners or readers and the fact that media has become so easy to share and spread quickly.  Our world lends itself perfectly to this type of literature (if it can be called that) because of tools like social media and blogs.

Here’s the article, hopefully it helps a bit to understand more about the serial in our contemporary culture and to predict what will eventually happen with the release of The Familiar!

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/17/entertainment/et-channel17

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