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.