The BBC is making a documentary about the historic sinking of the Whaleship Essex — a sinking that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick
“The first stage of television grief is rejection: when a favorite character is killed off, the desire to distance yourself from a show you love, to disown it, even, is powerful. ‘I’m done,’ you declare firmly.’ I’ve had enough of this crap. They’ve gone too far this time.’ I’ve seen it in a lot of fan communities; I’ve said it (half-heartedly) myself. In the past decade or so, I’ve developed a bad habit of falling in love with a certain type of BBC series, whose writers seem to be collectively united by slim budgets and streaks of cruelty: on one of my favorite shows, three of the five major characters are killed in the span of five episodes; on another, the entire cast of four kicks it in under a season — and it might be worth noting that most of them go violently, too.”
Stages of Television Grief: On the Decline of Downton Abbey by Elizabeth Minkel
In the stages of television grief, after denial, denial, denial comes grudging acceptance.
“Life in the camps was something ‘it was impossible even to think about’ he says. ‘I read it and re-read it and I simply thought about how brave he was. We had a lot of writers but we never had such a brave writer.’”
- Steve Rosenberg looks at the lasting impact and significance of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
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