Wednesday, February 3, 2010

People need people


No one likes a gossip, but everyone likes to be "in the know."

In a recent trip to the Biltmore Estate (see photo), Zane and I were discussing the lives of those who lived in the large home with our friend Megan. Megan said they spent much of their time in correspondence. We mused that they were big gossips like in Jane Austen novels. They had nothing to do but talk about other people.

Last night I was with a bunch of friends and we were discussing our favorite TV shows. Most of them were shows that included character drama. One friend said, "I just want to know what's going on with these people." I've felt the same way. I was kind of sad when the show Friends ended, because I was always curious what would have happened in their lives. I feel the same remorse when I finish a great book series. I wish I knew more about what happens with the characters.

Today, we still want to know what's going on in the lives of people we know (duh- blogs, facebook, etc.), but there's a substitute for some of it (or an addendum) with fictional characters. I'm not saying one is better or worse than the other, it's just an interesting comparison.