There is a great article in this month’s issue of The Atlantic (March 2013): Serial Thriller by Megan Garber that discusses the surprising rise in popularity of the serial story. As in the opposite of instant gratification. As in you have to wait for the cliffhanger to be resolved. Its evident in the popularity of serial television shows such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad (just two of many) as well as in movies and books (Twilight Saga, Hunger Games).
In today’s world where we have access to almost anything, instantly with the click of a button, I must admit that I found this to be refreshing news. I rather like the thought that, despite all of the technological advancements that we have made towards instant acquisition, we haven’t lost the thrill of anticipation or as Garber puts it, “the anticipatory pleasure that can come from the simple act of waiting.”
What are your favorite serial stories?