“What makes us human is our intrinsic nature to tell stories.” – Sharon Marie Ross
I relate completely with this statement. Somewhere along the lines in every single one of my classes this semester, the teacher has told us that “it is all about telling stories”. I have come to think that’s what life’s about.
In her interview, Sharon Marie Ross talks a lot about how television shows are popular because people connect to them. Once they see something on a television show, they immediately connect it back to something that has happened to them or a friend or something similar they know about. I do this a lot.
The first thing I thought of when listening to her interview was the episode, “The Drought”, of Sex in the City that we watched for this week. In watching the episode, I actually paused a rewinded a part to send to my friend because something similar had happened to her. It was the scene where Carrie farts in bed with Mr. Big. I didn’t think much more of than that it was funny when I sent it to my friend, but in hearing Ross’ interview I understood why I did it. This realized intention of mine reinforced the idea that Ross brought up about connecting television shows to real life. And in thinking more about it, I realized that I do this a lot.
Another show that I often compare to my own life or the life of my friends is Friends. If you know me, you probably know that I date Chandler. Not Matthew Perry, obviously, but the character. I often will rewind episodes or send clips of Chandler to my boyfriend with the caption “This is you.”. I think that Friends especially is a show that people can connect to not only because of the different tropes that each character possesses, but also because of the scenarios they are presented with.