I could see it exactly.
I love Friends like nothing else. The characters are so relatable, the story lines are so intricate and plausible, and there are ongoing jokes woven throughout that give me stitches in my side. The episode I saw the other night was so incredible I just had to share it. The entire episode took place in Monica's apartment and each character had a conflict all their own.
Ross was counting the minutes they had until it was time to leave for his benefit dinner and was hopelessly trying to get everyone ready.
Rachel didn't know what to wear.
Chandler wanted Joey out of his chair, and Joey didn't want to 'lose'.
Phoebe WAS ready until Joey got hummus all over her dress.
Monica beeped into her ex boyfriends answering machine and heard a message from a mystery woman.
Each of these story lines, while simple, were woven so seamlessly together and each character was involved in either helping or hindering another.
This is the kind of thing I try to apply to my writing. The characters should all lend their support to each other, and each conflict should consume the characters in a real, non melodramatic way. And the most important thing, it should never get boring.
Is there a perfect example you can think of? Or has there been a time (either book or movie) that you've experienced and seen yourself doing that exact event? (Like the crazy fountain-rain-dance)
Second point of business is the GUTGAA small press contest opens tomorrow night. I'm super keen to enter but there's a high chance I'll miss out again. We'll see. In preparation though, anyone who could jump back to here and take a look at my pitch would be an absolute gem. If you have a pitch as well, I'd be only too happy to 'be there for you' too.