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It’s too hard to sell Japanese people on romance dramas nowadays, says broadcasting president
According to BS Fuji’s top dog, there’s a reason why making romance dramas in Japan is an uphill battle. Sometimes, as The Beatles once sang, all you need is love. Stories about romance can lift us up, make our hearts pound, bring us joy or reduce us to emotional sobs. There is a hearty trove […]
▼ Kameyama is responsible for a number of hit TV dramas, such as 1997’s Beach Boys.
▼ Knowing how fragile life is, the hot-and-cold emotions in romantic dramas can feel frivolous.Kameyama also suggested that the way we consume TV shows in the present day may be a factor, as well. TV dramas used to air over a fixed period with set intervals, so fans were encouraged to deliberate over and anticipate upcoming plot developments. Nowadays, though, there’s more of a push to “binge-watch” series all in one sitting. Fans also take to the Internet to discuss episodes immediately as they drop, which impacts romance shows disproportionately compared to other genres.
▼ If you already know the hows and whys of a couple getting together, you may not tune in to enjoy the ride.Other hurdles, from Kameyama’s observation, are that the current generation of 20-to-30-year-olds are incredibly serious about romance and are reluctant to get hurt or to hurt others, which causes problems when writing realistic dialogue. Realism itself, regardless of genre, is another issue, in Kameyama’s opinion. Previously, he feels, it was easier to get away with bigger storytelling conceits, such as incorporating dangerous situations or science fiction elements like time travel, into a story, as long as you kept the smaller details feeling like they were grounded in reality. Modern audiences can be much less forgiving when it comes to suspending their disbelief, though, which complicates the creative process. That said, it’s not as though there have been no recent successes at all when it comes to the romance genre. Anime hit Your Name proved a healthy attitude for fantastic romances in 2016, and romantic sparks in reality show Terrace House drew droves of people to watch. The secret seems to be in finding a fresh twist that doesn’t alienate its audience and instead reminds them of why love is worth watching in the first place. Source: Yahoo! Japan News/Withnews via Hachima Kikou Top image: Pakutaso Insert images: Pakutaso (1,2) ● Want to hear about SoraNews24’s latest articles as soon as they’re published? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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