I love how writing is relevant to so many things.
Take, for example, a Sex and the City episode. (I've been reading television writers' blogs to gain some insight on their process and as it turns out, there are a lot of similarities.)
I noticed that all of the characters remain consistent, whether it's through their dialogue or their actions. Charlotte is the romantic, Miranda is practical and cynical, Samantha provides comic relief and a direct foil to Charlotte, while Carrie is a balancing force among all of them.
(P.S. While I'm rambling, I thought I'd share an interesting difference I read about in show writing vs. novel writing. In television, it is more acceptable to throw in a random event or character for the sake of moving an episode forward or even making a finale more dramatic. Novels usually adhere to the same people and places.)
Same goes for the best movies. Even one like the Lion King provides Simba, the main character, with external conflict (his father passing away, his uncle trying to gain control of the kingdom) along with internal conflict (his own fear of inadequacy, guilt for thinking he killed his father). Most of all, there is a goal, which compels a viewer to keep watching.
How was writing changed your perspectives? Do you view other forms of entertainment differently?