If you’re not familiar with the TV show Girl Meets World, then first off, you need to go and watch it. It’s a sequel series to the 90’s show Boy Meets World, which followed 12-year-old Cory Matthews from elementary school to high school to college as he tried to navigate all of life’s numerous challenges. Girl Meets World takes a very similar direction; it centers on Cory and Topanga Matthews and their children, Riley and Auggie. Riley has to manuever growing up as feelings, friendships, and everything around her grows more and more complicated.
Boy Meets World was a coming-of-age story that encompassed all the many situations we find ourselves in as we go through life. Its succesor follows closely in its footsteps. Here’s what Girl Meets World can teach writers.
Girl Meets World is one of the best family-friendly shows on TV nowadays. It is superbly written with a wonderful cast, and there are so many things I love about it. Let’s try to sort just a few of them out via a bulleted list.
- Girl Meets World is not afraid to touch on important topics. The show has discussed bullying, stealing, lying, peer pressure, death, an absent parent, Asperger’s Syndrome, forgiveness, and faith in God, and the second season isn’t even over yet! Girl Meets World handles each topic with respect and understanding, while still addressing it fully. It never gives shallow lessons as other shows are prone to doing, but rather goes deep into the topic and the situations surroinding it. Writers, learn the art of skillfully discussing difficult topics – after all, part of our job is to shed light on serious issues facing our world.
- The show does not always have complete, satisfying endings. Girl Meets World, like its predecessor, understands the painful truth that not everything in life is resolved quickly and neatly. It’s simply not realistic. At the end of the day, every plot point in our lives won’t be tidily wrapped up and set away. The show recognizes that, and sometimes it gives us loose endings. That’s realistic. We should remember that sometimes, things have to wait for another day to clear up. Sometimes our characters won’t meet their goals. At times, we’ll have to end on a cliffhanger or an incomplete ending. We can wrap things up later, but not everything can be clean-cut and perfect.
- GMW stresses strong familial relationships. While this isn’t as much of a thing that we can learn, it’s certainly important in this day and age. Don’t always write romances and things when you could be recognizing the importance of family. It deserves some time in the spotlight.
Those are only a few of the things that make Girl Meets World such an example of master storytelling at work. Perhaps I will make a second post with more points, but for now, shouldn’t you go and watch some Girl Meets World? Yeah, me too.
Have you watched either “Boy Meets World” or “Girl Meets World” before? What have you noticed about it that writers could learn from? Do tell!