Daran wurde ich erinnert, als ich ein Interview mit der Drehbuchautorin Barbara Hall las (Judging Amy und Madam Secretary). Hier die Antwort, die sie auf eine entsprechende Frage gab:
I don't have a deep bible [Serienbibel] because I don't like to hold myself to that. One of the best things about doing a TV series is the fact that you can let it evolve and it lives and breathes. What happens is you discover your strengths and weaknesses, and you see how actors are together, and you see how their characters develop. I don't want to limit myself to something that's planned too far in advance. I like to let it have a life of its own.Aaron Sorkin hat vor Jahren einmal etwas Ähnliches gesagt, in Bezug auf President Bartlet (und dessen Kindheit) in seiner Serie The West Wing. Leider finde ich das Interview/den Artikel nicht mehr ...
PS: Kurz darauf entdeckte ich übrigens auf derselben Website eine Gegenstimme. Theodore Melfi meint in dem betreffenden Interview:
I also do a thing called 50 questions, which is an old acting exercise. What you do is you take each character and you answer fifty questions on their life before you start writing a word about them. This is what actors do ... It’s a lot of work. It’s like, where were you born, what do your parents do for a living, what makes you laugh, what makes you cry. Fifty questions on every single character.Man beachte, dass es "eine Menge Arbeit" ist und Melfi sich im Zweifelsfall nicht an die Vorgaben gebunden fühlt.
...You occasionally have to be flexible. Occasionally you go, “Well, it doesn’t work that he was born in Springfield, Missouri, he really needed to be born here” and you just change it. The fifty questions is just a thing to spur your creativity and give you a general understanding of each character. It’s actually best for writing their dialogue because you know their fabric. ... You know, he wouldn’t do that because he was actually a war vet… You do have amendments that you have to make all along the way because that’s just the process of it.
...what’s the biggest problem as writers we face all the time? Every character sounds the same. Right?
...So if you do the 50 questions, you will have a reality for each character. They won’t talk the same way because you have simply absorbed who they are into your subconscious.
Fazit: Jeder Autor ist anders und jede (Schreib)Situation möglicherweise auch. Ich denke, wie so oft geht Probieren über Studieren.