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I’m a relative newcomer to the Netflix craze and as such, a relative newcomer to House of Cards. However, I can now say that I have finished watching all three seasons and boy, if House of Cards doesn’t challenge your views on politics, nothing will.
“We’ve been lying for a long time, Francis,”
“Of course we have. Imagine what the voters would think if we started telling the truth.”
House of Cards, Season 3, Chapter 38.
But of course it’s fictional. We’re talking about a television drama, for goodness sake.
Except, in an interview with Politico, Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood, revealed that “formidable” American politicians had admitted to her that the show was 99% accurate.
The only possible consolation I can find in a statement like that is that the interview took place before Season 2 and 3 had actually aired. Which isn’t exactly that much of a consolation. But it’s much better than the alternative.
One aspect I really enjoyed about House of Cards was the narration given by Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood. At often unexpected times, Frank turns to the camera and explains to the audience what he’s really thinking. For me, it gives the show an almost stage-like quality, where the actor has a direct link to the audience.
It reminds me a little of Australian TV show Offspring (which I was very excited to find out that it will be airing another season). In Offspring, we not only catch a glimpse of Nina’s neurotic thought life, we get to see enactments of her crazy and entertaining worries and fantasies.
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Perhaps it’s a type of bridge between standard television drama and novels. One of the reasons why I’ve always loved novels is that you get to experience what the characters are really thinking. Of course, TV dramas are never going to achieve anything to that same extent, but having that form of narration really does add an extra element to the story.
What do you think? What are your thoughts on House of Cards? Or Offspring for that matter!