Thursday, May 8, 2008


John and I make sure that every night we watch the Australian soap "Neighbours" I like it because I like Australia and it reminds me of my happy time there. It has lovely characters and deals with problems, in a positive way, that affect young people. It really is a young people's programme. It was great when I was working with young people because it told me, much of the time, what they were into and what really bothered them.

The thing that is excellent about Neighbours though, is the way the writers handle conflict. Conflict can be very difficult to do, you can have too much conflict, too little, or the conflict is resolved too soon ( a fault of mine that I have to beware of) but in the soap they do it brilliantly.
I have learned a lot from watching at 5.30 p.m. in the evening.

So, you see, I am not wasting my time, sitting like a couch potato in front of the t.v. I am actually working...well you might believe it!




Sarita Leone said...

Personally, Margaret, I think it's a brilliant use of time! And complete research! It's interesting to see how others move a story along, and Neighbours sounds like they do a really good job of it. I'd like to see that one sometime.

As always, I enjoyed your post! Thanks for sharing! :)

Kathleen said...

Conflict is so important. As a reader I need it but in just the right doses. What a clever way to do research, Margaret.