Until recently I had never seen a web series, and considered them tiny blots on the genre of television and screenplay. However, I recently discovered a series called ‘The Guild’, written by Felicia Day (I have to thank my friend Sam over at Swartech; he’d kill me if I took the credit for discovering her work by myself). You can find the guild on Felicia’s YouTube channel, Geek and Sundry, I took the liberty of providing you with a link, but be warned, it’s incredibly addictive.
The reason I’m writing about this is because I feel web series have their own part in the vast area of literature known as drama. Drama is one of the oldest forms of writing; it was a major part of Ancient Greek tradition and religion, just like it is now in our traditions of sitting together as a family and watching the latest episode of our favourite programme. Drama has evolved immensely with the invention of television, and now it can evolve with the internet, thus the web series was born.
My interest in web series is not purely due to my interest in studying literature, I am also drawn to it because of my writing. Writing a web series would be incredibly rewarding, but I feel the need for actors and expensive equipment might get in the way. However a written web series might be a good idea. Obviously I’m still in the planning stages but I think a series of flash fiction pieces which link together to form one storyline, perhaps published on a WordPress blog might be in order. Maybe even the purchase of a webcam for some kind of diary entry account of a narrative which occurs off-screen (although I can’t act, well…I’ve never tried it but I can’t imagine it would go well).
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me know what you think, if you have an opinion, or if you have any suggestions that might help me with the development of this project. As always, thanks for reading.