“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Ezekiel 18:19–20
Genetically we are the products of our parents. Add onto that also our upbringing…
“Once on a time, the ancient legends tell,
Truth, rising from the bottom of her well,
Looked on the world, but, hearing how it lied,
Returned to her seclusion horrified…”
Rudyard Kipling — A Legend of Truth
When are we ready to hear or understand the truth? When are we ready to speak the truth if we don’t dare to get hurt or face the consequences? And finally, when what we think of as the truth turns out to be a lie, or something utterly different than what we imagined, how do we deal with it?
The third episode of…
There is a misconception about the Anatolian man (Anadolu erkeği) in Turkey. He is considered to be a stereotype, almost an opposite to the metropolitan man. First let me ask, do you know where Anatolia is? Anatolia is the name of the Asian part of Turkey, referred to also as Asia Minor. If you decided to read a bit more into the history of Anatolia, you’d find out that it goes way back to the prehistoric period. Many civilizations have been born on this land.
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” T.S. Eliot
If I asked you the necessary ingredients of a great love story, you could reply with something like this article that states some essential things to create a literary romance. But what if one wanted to create a screen romance? For a TV series like Sen Çal Kapımı for instance. …
You would be surprised to find out that you can find creativity in the most unexpected places, even in a romantic comedy full of cliches. Some people think that watching the same storyline over and over is boring. I disagree, sometimes in the ordinary or most visited stories you can find creativity flourishing. That is why although I am not a hopeless romantic I do enjoy our Turkish romantic TV shows and you’ll see why you can too (if you aren’t enjoying them already).
To be fair, up until Kiralık Aşk, I wasn’t interested in watching TV shows based on…
“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Welcome to the second and last part of my efforts of making peace with the amnesia plot. Today we will take a look at the last 5 episodes of season one and we will try to understand what kept us watching and loving #EdSer’s love story despite some unfortunate plot choices.
“We owe it to each other to tell stories.”
― Neil Gaiman
In her book, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy makes an excellent point about why we never get tired of listening to the same stories, or “great stories” as she calls them. Today I want to explore how we like similar plots and even cliched scenes and characters, while discussing my favorite summer show of 2021, Baht Oyunu.
“Even god doesn’t propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?”
― Dale Carnegie
A great storytelling method is showing the reader or the viewer how the same concept/theme applies to different characters and situations in the story. By creating similar circumstances for different characters it’s easier to convey a message and this also helps to reinforce the effect that the message has. Episode 7 of Son Yaz is about prejudice and let me show you how masterfully the Son Yaz writers handle prejudice as a feeling and as a behavior in this episode.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“They don’t need walls and water to keep the prisoners in, not when they’re trapped inside their own heads, incapable of a single cheerful thought. Most go mad within weeks.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
There are two types of prison. The first type is the one we all know. The legal institution where we put the law breakers. The second however isn’t visible to others. It’s the one inside our minds. A prison that we create for ourselves. We hold the key to it. But why would we even make a prison for ourselves…
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