“No, this trick won’t work… How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? ”
― Albert Einstein
When you come to look at the general plot of Baht Oyunu, the series propose a very simple question. What is first love? For some of us, it’s the first time we felt butterflies in our stomach on seeing someone. It’s having noticed we have feelings for someone regardless of them being reciprocated. …
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…
“Without pain, without sacrifice we would have nothing. Like the first monkey shot into space.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Let this be an homage to an underrated episode of my favorite dizi, Son Yaz. Episode 9 is called Si Sorti: Sen Nerdeydin (Where Were You?). Some of the building blocks of the general story takes place in this episode. Before we take a look at some key scenes, let’d discuss the episode in general.
“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena
There are two ways in which you can lose someone. You can lose them terminally to an irreversible event such as death or you can lose them because of a conflict or disagreement. This could be something like divorce or someone you love moving away. …
“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.
“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…
“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.