While we temporarily stayed with my mom, the three of us decided to dive into Netflix. Since none of us had seen Mad Men, we started from the beginning.
Important side note: We’ve only watched the first two seasons, so please no spoilers in the comment section.
At first I was frustrated with the show and wondered how it attracted so many viewers. An important rule in writing, is that the main character needs to be likeable. Who would want to continue reading a book if they hated the main character?
So, why did people continue to watch Mad Men when Don Draper was such a despicable character? A drunk, a womanizer and a coward who ran away from his heinous past. I forced myself to continue to watch the first few episodes hoping to see some redeeming quality in him.
About halfway through the first season, he finally showed some kindness. It moved me, considering his usual cold, lying, cheating self. It was just a small thing he did, but it gave me hope for the character.
In addition to Don Draper, each character is uniquely formed. Their psychological issues drive the relationships. With each episode we see further into the characters dysfunctional families and the drama it causes.
What? This is exactly the type of stuff I write. Boy, how I wished I could’ve written for that show.
Aside from the two women, Peggy Olson and Betty Draper, I was disappointed with the depiction of the others who were either slutty party girls or nagging wives. So far, I haven’t seen a woman with any real moral backbone. This is a fault I would’ve cured if I had been one of the writers.
We see the consequences the characters pay for their decisions and actions. And, if it’s a story with true meaning and depth, it will show the characters learn and grow.
This is what my writing is all about. Even my blog reflects going through daily life challenges, learning, growing and overcoming.