"Between Habit and Thought in the New Serial Drama" invites the passionate viewer of TV fiction to embark on a journey unveiling the levels of reflection and meaning presented by some contemporary TV dramas. In particular, five titles are explored by John Lynch who adopts a philosophical standpoint, together with a look at the analysis of media, and focuses his analysis on US serials – and not series – as he specifies in the first pages, precisely indicating the format he is discussing. These are complex narratives which are based on complex storytelling and functional aesthetics, crisscrossing the fictional with the real and capable of attracting viewers at different levels. As Lynch himself states, the central idea of the book concerns precisely the fact that ‘that seriality is something that weaves itself into our lives’ (p. 18). They are media productions that call for self-reflection and expand our encyclopedia of reference (Eco, 1979), by becoming part of that large reservoir of narratives characterizing cultural memory, our history.

Book Review - John Lynch,Between Habit and Thought in the New Serial Drama. London & New York: Routledge,2021

Mascio Antonella
2023

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"Between Habit and Thought in the New Serial Drama" invites the passionate viewer of TV fiction to embark on a journey unveiling the levels of reflection and meaning presented by some contemporary TV dramas. In particular, five titles are explored by John Lynch who adopts a philosophical standpoint, together with a look at the analysis of media, and focuses his analysis on US serials – and not series – as he specifies in the first pages, precisely indicating the format he is discussing. These are complex narratives which are based on complex storytelling and functional aesthetics, crisscrossing the fictional with the real and capable of attracting viewers at different levels. As Lynch himself states, the central idea of the book concerns precisely the fact that ‘that seriality is something that weaves itself into our lives’ (p. 18). They are media productions that call for self-reflection and expand our encyclopedia of reference (Eco, 1979), by becoming part of that large reservoir of narratives characterizing cultural memory, our history.
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