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Sometimes when watching a tv show that I really enjoy I try to find patterns in them almost like a scientist would. The idea of constants and variables so far is the most general pattern I have found. Basically what this means is there are things that stay constant in the story like the setting and characters. Variables include just about everything else in the show so there are too many to list. As a general rule though the more variables the show has the better it is and if it has too few the show feels really repetitive. Sometimes in a show things that usually stay constant like setting a characters actually do change after a bunch of episodes have passed and this usually makes the show better. There are also many ideas that could be considered both a constant and variable depending on the individual show. For example you could have a whole show based on time travel or you could have just one episode of a different show that deals with it. Overall I believe the idea of constants and variables is much more general than people realize and could be applied to pretty much any information system such as things like video games and computer programs. No wonder it is so important to science.
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google the seven basic plots or the seven archetypes of stories...
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