|Not related to the episode referenced below--still,|
|the Numb3rs basketball episode totally amuses me.|
What makes fictional politics difficult is that politics is messy, the opposite of seamless and monolithic. Dive into any part of history and what immediately strikes one is how complicated people can get about anything. The First Nicean Council wasn't about whether or not to believe in God but what type of God to believe in; the possibilities under discussion ranged from orthodox to utterly bizarre. The latter is why serious historians get so miffed about The Da Vinci Code--the historical discussion was way more complex than hippie flower-power versus authoritarianism.
And everybody involved thought, "I'm right!"
|Daria would roll her eyes.|
In comparison, I refer to a discussion in Numb3rs' "Take Out," where Amita protests CalSci offering its services to a pharmaceutical company that is known to sell AIDS drugs at exorbitant prices to less developed countries; Millie counters by pointing out that no corporation has a spotless record--how else is CalSci supposed to get its name and influence out there? And Charlie's father points out--in a different episode--that these companies conduct pricey research that could lead to important cures.
In "Take Out," Millie comes up with a fairly intelligent, political solution that involves CalSci performing all tests in-house and donating half the proceeds to AIDS charities. My writerly point is that the script writers never indicate exactly how they feel. The characters speak as each of them would be expected to speak.
|Another good example of each character speaking from|
|within his perspective--creates good tension!|
It is amazing to me how many readers are convinced that a character can only and forever be a reflection of the author; yes, authors draw from themselves into order to create characters; that doesn't mean that King Lear, Hamlet, and Julius Cesar are all direct autobiographical accounts of Shakespeare's life any more than Jane Austen was the spitting image of every one of her female characters.
|Mansfield Park characters by Blue Sky Inking|
Austen made it happen because as a good writer, she knew that she didn't have to have Fanny reflect every mood, idea, personality trait, thought process, and belief system that currently existed in the nineteenth century. She simply had to have Fanny be herself.