Television Tuesday :: television and high school stories.

16 Jun
  1. Your characters should not be solely identifiable by one or two adjectives.
  2. This goes double if one of those adjectives is a description of the character’s race, sexuality, or medical “otherness.”
  3. If you’re going to have friendship be a big part of the show, be sure to actually show the audience what good friends the characters are. Don’t just have them talk about their friendship.
  4. Strongly consider having actual friendships in your show (not just girls and boys who secretly want to date each other and friends that constantly undermine each other).
  5. If you’re thinking of doing a Very Special Episode, consider this: Don’t.
  6. While it is tempting to make parents the villains, that’s lazy writing. Instead consider writing characters with a variety of relationships to their parents.
  7. Branch out from the typical stereotypes and write sympathetic popular kids and asshole nerds.
  8. “Nice guy” stories should be avoided at all costs.
  9. Tying back to this, not every LGBTQA* character needs to have a dramatic and possibly tragic coming out story, some of them can just be out and it isn’t an issue.
  10. 10. Dating is an important part of high school for many people, but not for everyone, and not every subplot has to involve dating.

–your fangirl heroines.

smiles

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