The Drama! The Drama!

I’m addicted to drama. I don’t like to create drama (except in fiction), but watching it and reading about it is enough to keep me very entertained… and it gives me a lot of ideas.

Urban Dictionary defines “drama” as:

A way of relating to the world in which a person consistently overreacts to or greatly exaggerates the importance of benign events.

Typically “drama” is used by people who are chronically bored or those who seek attention.

People who engage in “drama” will usually attempt to drag other people into their dramatic state, as a way of gaining attention or making their own lives more exciting.

Common warning signs/ risk factors of drama or a dramatic person are:

1. Having one supposedly serious problem after another.

2. Constantly telling other people about one’s problems.

3. Extreme emotionality or frequently shifting, intense emotions.

4. Claiming to have experienced negative events that are highly implausible.

5. A boring job or mundane life.

6. Making claims without sufficient evidence or a lack of detail about supposedly serious events.

7. A pattern of irrational behavior and reactions to everyday problems.

In high school, there’s a ton of drama going on all the time and the vast majority of it is totally ridiculous. Whether you liked it or not, you typically got sucked into some drama at least once in high school. It seemed so important and life-changing back then, but when you look back on it now, it’s hilarious because it’s just so absurd.

I was never an attention-seeker in high school. It was enough for me to watch all the drama going around and live through it vicariously – even though sometimes, drama is like a vacuum that sucks you into it and holds you there for quite sometime. I wrote down a bunch of things that got into some of my later novels and made them a lot more interesting. I think that if you’re going to write YA, it should include some degree of drama, since when you’re a teenager, that’s what you tend to relate to because at any given time, either you or some friends are going to be involved in drama.

Why do you think shows like Gossip Girl, Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, and all the various soap operas have been so popular? Drama.

16 thoughts on “The Drama! The Drama!

  1. Oh the drama 🙂 Love it! I watch far too mant soaps due to the drama and I agree YA needs an element of that because being a teenager is all about drama either real or what you made up in your head – he likes me, no he doesn’t etc.

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  2. But where would we be with no drama to entertain us? Would we have to be *Gasp* Proactive and deal with our issues?!?!? Now that’s fiction.

    Good post and very true. I especially love the warning signs (go number 5, hence why I write rather than look for drama)

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  3. As soon as I realize that someone is over-reacting to “nothing” . . . I let them stew in their own dramatic flair. I refust to get sucked into every little pebble they encounter on their path.

    It’s exhausting, energy-draining, ridiculous, time-wasting, and unnecessary . . . except in TV, Movies, and Books! 😆

    I am reblogging this post, Maggie . . . it’s a Must Share!

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      1. WP took the “reblog” feature away today. So yours may be the last reblog on SLTW.

        I just checked my stats for the week . . . the “top click” for the week was to your blog to read the rest of this article ~ your post had MORE than twice as many clicks as any other link.

        WP may put it back. It was a nice feature to have.

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        1. I notice WP keeps changing all the time. It’s almost as bad as Facebook!

          But I have noticed a lot more pageviews on my blog. Thanks again for the reblog, Nancy! 🙂

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  4. I’ve confessed several times in past blogs, that I’m a chronic worry-wart. It would be easy for me to fall into excessive drama. Instead, I try my best to keep my worries either real or imagined, to myself. I’ll probably end up getting an ulcer … but wait, now I’m getting dramatic … 😉

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  5. I tend to avoid drama, unless the person can be really entertaining while doing it (which is rare but possible). My characters (at least my regulars) tend to follow this.

    The nice thing about writing mystery stories is that you can introduce a new set of suspects each time, and if some of them are really obnoxious, that’s fine — you’re never going to see them again anyway. And if a few of them turn out to be cool, you can use them in later stories, too. I just read a Nero Wolfe mystery (written in the early 1960s) where the client is a minor character from an earlier Wolfe novel (from the late 1930s).

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  6. It’s amazing to me how many adults revert to the high school mentality when it comes to relationships and work. Especially when people post very personal information on social networking sites to get revenge on their ex’s, bosses, etc.

    I don’t watch too many TV shows but I do watch teen mom when I need a little drama in my life! 🙂

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    1. I know! It’s kind of funny to see someone older than 30 ranting about exes, husbands, and bosses. (And Teen Mom is one of my “guilty pleasure” shows!)

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