Screen-Based Analogy of Books

Screen-Based Analogy Books

Ok, so this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. You guys know I’m not a huge fan of character-driven books. I need books to have plot. Funnily enough, I also don’t enjoy sitcoms. Bare with me through this analogy. So sitcoms are situational comedies, right? They have consistent characters from episode to episode, but there isn’t really much plot that carries through the season or even throughout the full series. So they’re kind of like character-driven books, and they’re not really for me.

Then we have movies. They usually have decent character development and a lot of plot, but they only last for a couple of hours. You don’t have to care about the characters when it’s over, and it doesn’t really stick with you for a long time after (with a few exceptions of course). Movies are like plot driven books; they’re exciting while you’re watching them, but they kind of escape your mind once they’re over.

Then there is the best of both worlds…TV Dramas. I’m talking about shows like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, or Parenthood. They’re full of great characters with tons of plot. You long to know what happens to the characters, so you can’t help but watch episode after episode. These types of shows are like great books, those with the perfect balance of character development and plot. You know the books I mean.

Lastly, my ultimate favorite…book series. I think they’re comparable to multiple seasons of great TV shows or even movies with sequels. You get more plot with the characters you love. I love book series. I enjoy not having to reinvest myself in a new set of characters. It’s like returning to a group of friends over and over for another adventure.

P.S. I won’t even try to bring reality television into this analogy. Haha.


What do you think? Am I over-thinking it?


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  1. I like this analogy! I think you’re right. Even if you look at my favorite show, Friends, it’s mostly character-driven and you could kind of sum up the 10-season-long plot in a few sentences. I can definitely see how TV dramas have more action, plot, and character development at the same time. Same with book series, for sure!

    1. Sorry for the delayed response. Thanks, Lauren. I know you love Friends. That’s kind of the exception for me as far as sitcoms, but really only because Jim and I watched the whole series continuously when we were first dating, so I was able to see the continuing threads a little more.

    1. Sorry for the delayed response. Yeah, I gave up on Grey’s a couple of years ago. Mainly because I got spoiled by binging older series on Netflix, and I wasn’t patient enough to watch any shows real time. 🙂

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