As a species, we are highly emotive, and one of the most distinguishing parts of being human is the ability to communicate those emotions. Through evolution, one of the skills of interactions we have cultivated is storytelling, which is the cumulative result of emotion, imagination, and expression. It is an intricate process – like separating all the colourful threads from a yarn. That is what draws people towards fiction.
Fiction is synonymous with alternate realities. It is a form of escape for both those writing and reading it, but what separates good fiction from raw imagination is how it is expressed. A captivating story is one that satisfies and feeds curiosity simultaneously. The wish to get a window into another world, another life; to know places that may not even exist and feel like you have a shot at it.
NBC’s This is Us is a show which has taken the art to another level. The show revolves around a couple and their unique triplets. The show’s creators have managed to make a seemingly regular theme into one of the most vivid, dramatic, and emotional experiences. We are taken on the vicarious journey of the life of the Pearsons – their struggles as a young couple, as parents of triplets, the trauma of losing a baby, and of raising three tangentially different adolescents who lose their father at a young age. The show follows the triplets as they move on with their own individual lives. This is Us has a lot to teach about the art of storytelling.