Saturday, January 14, 2012
What Makes Films Satisfying
...the five essential elements of well-being: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment...
She [Lindsay Doran] broke down their [films'] emotional components, isolated the elements of mood elevation and tested her findings against those of market researchers. She concluded: Positive movies do not necessarily have happy endings; their characters' personal relationships trump personal achievements.
People not only use movies and music as soma to feel good, they use it to open themselves to others.It may follow that watching narratives about positive relationships in a darkened room alongside others is elevating.
the accomplishment the audience values most is not when the heroine saves the day or the hero defeats his opponent...the accomplishment the audience values most is resilience
(from The New York Times).
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