I’m not much of a TV watcher, and never have been. Occasionally I’ll get wrapped up in a show though. ER was my go-to choice for many years. Currently The Walking Dead and Parenthood are two of my favorites, along with watching the current Superhero conglomerate of shows with my youngest boy (Gotham, Arrow, The Flash).
But, even if I’m not huge into TV and for the most part it is turned “Off” at our house, I am not unaware of it and it’s impact on society. I’ll occasionally catch episodes of a mindless show, or delve back into The Twilight Zone or NCIS. I’ll read news articles about different movies and shows (I’m much more apt to go see a movie than watch a TV show). I can’t escape its influence.
Mike Cosper has written and engaging and thought-provoking book examining the ultimate story or thread that is woven through the stories we see on TV and the big screen. He invites his readers to explore aspects of the fall, sin, violence, the desire and need for heroes, and our ultimate longings in the stories we tell.
Cosper is no elitist or snob. He samples genres that fall on a wide spectrum: Horror, Drama, Love Stories, classic and modern, comedy, shallow and deep. He doesn’t recommend the stories he refers to–he simply points out underlying currents that we would be wise to take into account and learn from.
The writing is forthright and fairly insightful. There were a couple of times I thought “Well, huh. I never thought of it that way before”….which is always a good thing. Did I learn anything mind-shattering? No, but it has made me a bit more thoughtful as I’ve engaged in the handful of shows that I watch. His words on social media were also very good.
I’ve sent a copy of the book to a young aspiring film-maker that I know who has tremendous dreams and aspirations. Cosper addresses filmmakers specifically in his epilogue, and his words seem to be very solid.
I received a review copy of this book from Crossway Publishers.