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Re: Too much soap opera? (was Re: Welcome to the )

Posted by: loosely <>
Date: Wednesday, 10 August 1997, at 10:26 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Too much soap opera? (was Re: Welcome to the ) (pip)

Christopher Werby on 8/9/97 9:32 PM said:

>We chose a psychiatrist and his patients as the setting for this collaborative hyperdrama mostly because people in that setting are expected to speak honestly about internal emotional states and external events in their lives. Conversation that was quite emotionally revealing would sound awkward in a normal social setting, but would be right at home in a therapist's office. We wanted the writers to feel that they had a great degree of freedom to explore their characters--either developing them deeply as characters or giving them narrative to react to. I think that it is most interesting when the reader can relate to the problems suffered by the character--although the character's problems might be in a more exaggerated form than the answering echo from the reader. If a character is truly mad, they might be intellectually interesting to read, but devoid of any emotional tie to the reader. But a little mad...well, there's madness in us all.

Point(s) taken. Thanks for checking the BB and getting back to me.

Leslie T.

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