For me, quality storytelling is when I’m able to realize the writers are steps ahead of me, giving the characters what not what they want but what they need, so I can just sit back and watch it all unfold in ways I couldn’t have even imagined.
But many writers feel the need to make their characters edgy and miserable, make them suffer. They think that’s what story is made of. The result is bitter characters with nihilistic world views.
Gavin and Stacey is quality storytelling.
The show follows the romance between Gavin, from Essex, and Stacey, from Wales. Over three seasons and one Christmas special, we meet a cast of friends and relatives all surrounding key moments in the protagonist’s relationship.*
Throughout Gavin and Stacey the current of optimism wrapped in plenty of drama, laughs, rude and lude behavior, is completely engrossing, touching, and smile provoking. So infrequently do we see images in entertainment of love and family which portray the ups and downs, the arguments and laughs without being so pessimistic you wonder why anyone would even bother.
It’s the job of the writer to think of something beyond what the character wants because they don’t need a perfect ending, just the right one. In episode after episode, that’s just what Gavin and Stacey delivered. It may not be for everyone but rarely are love, friendship, parenthood, relatives, culture, and humor portrayed with sincerity. Rarely do you watch a show that never fails.
Bake at 350° for 10 mins on greased cookie sheet. The underside will be toasty and golden.
For the cup of flour I use 1/2 cup ground flax and then 1/2 cup almond meal, brown rice flour, whole wheat or some combination. Reduced fat cheese works just as well. I always start with garlic powder and fresh ground black pepper.
- za’atar and sumac, sesame seed, lemon pepper
- parsley, oragano, basil
- minced green pepper, onion
- sage, thyme, rosemary
- curry powder, cumin, tumeric
(*I purposefully did not over explain the show. If you want a more detailed review look here. Otherwise, just go watch it.)