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I had my journalism midterm yesterday and one of the questions was about recent trends that are changing television and what we think that will mean for tv in the future. Part of my answer was about increased viewer participation or involvement, and how we may one day see Choose Your Own Adventure style television. While it was mostly an off-handed comment, it got me thinking about getting what you want.

I bought my sister a modern Choose Your Own Adventure book for her birthday one year, in an attempt to get her to read more. The end result was her not reading it at all because she attempted to read through the entire thing rather than select and skip parts as directed. This was not because she didn’t understand the concept, but because she felt she might be missing the better story or missing something important- a girl after my own heart. (There is probably some philosophical insight to be had from that incident, but that’s for another time.

While getting what you want is immediately satisfying, how long that satisfaction stays is debatable– it can be pretty fleeting. When it comes to things like television, we all have the couple that we love or want to be together, the character we want to get what’s coming to them, the things we want to know more about and the things we are tired of hearing about. As a fan and a student of storytelling, I’m torn between wanting what I want and knowing that what I find really compelling is when I don’t get what I want- when I get a taste, but not the whole cake. This is two fold, firstly, no matter how much I love a show or its characters, I don’t always know best- somethings things just aren’t in the cards. Or at least, not yet- which brings me to the second part- wanting something and not getting it creates tension and anticipation. It wouldn’t be hard to argue that tension is the root of all story, and the more tension has led up to an event, the more satisfying it is when we get what we want.
Granted, there is the issue of dragging things out for too long, or trying to create tension where there naturally is none, but for now let’s just assume that the people in charge know about pacing and chemistry.
If we got what we wanted from the get go- let’s say a favorite couple united- the characters haven’t earned it and neither have we, the viewers. If you’re not willing to stick it out, do you really want it? Is it really worth it? Does it really mean anything?

Also, sometimes what we think we want is not really what we want, when all is said and done. And sometimes, not getting what we want means getting something even better that we didn’t even know we wanted.

  1. Seeing Ingrid Michaelson in concert.
  2. See the Fray with Natasha.
  3. See the Fray a second time and still knowing all the words to every song.
  4. Walking around Boston and taking pictures of everything.
  5. Getting lost with my Dad and talking about how confusing Boston is– even after we’ve been there twice.
  6. Being in New York this summer and: Going to the MET, MOMA; eating at PB Co.; becoming a subway master; getting mistaken for an NYU student and pretending to know when graduation was; seeing part of the Berlin wall; Going to Grand Central station and identifying the bridge under which several White Collar scenes have been shot; NY Public Library!
  7. Getting sunburnt in Arizona after weeks and weeks in the snow.
  8. Kisses.
  9. Getting my first paycheck.
  10. Spending my first paycheck.
  11. Listing to this perfect playlist from Tony Lucca’s “Devil Town”
  12. Hearing my little sister talk about all the things she’s doing in school and the responsibilities she’s getting and loving.
  13. Talking with my sister about her future and the colleges she wants to go to.
  14. Seeing every episode of Buffy the Vampire  Slayer — most of them several times. Then watching the show with my mom and getting her addicted.
  15. Laundry and TV nights with Karyn and Maddy.
  16. Getting cross-faded with Angel Harper and laughing at every little thing.
  17. Making up drinking games for TV shows, with Belen.
  18. Getting my tattoo.
  19. Seeing that tattoo every day and still loving it.
  20. Feeling infinite for any and all of these reasons as well as many that I didn’t list.
I need to make most lists like this.