Byline Raza

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The Stories That Hook You

Sometimes I feel as if the imaginary world is so much more interesting than the reality of our real world.

By imaginary world I mean the imagined world that is born in a writer’s head. This world then gets transported via the keypad or the pen onto a computer or paper respectively by the persistent writer.

Currently I have a really basic view of what it means to create a world that has its own unique look and feel. Having written a few short stories and in the process of writing a longer story in the form of a novel, I can pretend to understand the process of a writer who attempts to create a new world.

I would like to appreciate all the writers who have shared their creativity, persistence and their beloved characters with us around the world. Some of you too must have experienced these characters that introduced themselves to us in some TV shows or the other.

Let me mention some English TV Series that I have enjoyed over the past few years. Here are some posters of those TV Series for you to see and speculate about their quality.

BREAKING BAD

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It tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), White turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

DOWNTON ABBEY

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This TV series is set in fictional Downton Abbey, a Yorkshire country house. Downton Abbey is home and seat of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, along with their children and distant family members. Each series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family, their friends, and their servants during the reign of King George V. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

GAME OF THRONES

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This TV series is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, and interweaves several plot lines with a large ensemble cast. The first narrative arc follows a civil war among several noble houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the attempts to reclaim the throne by the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty; the third chronicles the rising threat of the impending winter and the legendary creatures and fierce peoples of the North. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

HOUSE OF CARDS

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Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

LOST

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Lost is a drama series containing elements of science fiction and the supernatural. It follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

MR ROBOT

tv-mr robot

The series follows Elliot Alderson, a young man living in New York City, who works at the cyber security company Allsafe as a security engineer. Constantly struggling with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, Elliot’s thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion. He connects to people by hacking them, which often leads him to act as a cyber-vigilante. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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Piper Chapman is sent to prison for a 15-month stint after being charged with transporting drugs. In prison, she is reacquainted with Alex, her former lover. She must change to adapt to prison life. (WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY)

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The stories written by writers of all these TV shows deserve a round of applause. There is not just one writer writing the episodes of each of these TV series. There is a team of writers who put their heads together and create characters, plots, sub-plots and all the twists and turns that make each of these TV shows appealing.

Here, I am talking about TV series, but I am sure you too remember a good story that you must have seen in some film or TV. Do you still remember how engrossed you had been when your favourite TV show was on?

These are extremely creative writers who can control you and me, by the strength of their words. They are so powerful that they can hook you into submission of watching their TV shows by suspending your life routines. Then, you really have no choice but to keep watching their TV shows episode by episode till you have finished watching the last one.

The characters of their TV shows that they float at the scheduled TV slot are memorable. They allow you to take a peek in their lives and then leave you asking for more when the TV show ends.

Of course, you do find great stories in fiction novels too. It’s just that audio and video have greater pull for the mind. Whatever stories interest you, the first thing that you remember are the characters who played their roles so convincingly.

Interesting thing is, when stories hook you, their characters leave a large impact on the mind. You begin caring for them, till the time is up for them and the writers decide to give the characters rest.

Such TV shows offer an escape from the routineness of life. They allow you to enter their roller-coaster world, enjoy the experience and then you can go back to your home with a smile on your lips.

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