Posted: Oct 31, 2014 9:08 am
by Thomas Eshuis
Because it's a win/win for the audience, if something dramatic is happening we get a visceral reaction, plus the feeling that there are some people (even if they are fictional) who have it worse than us.
Then, when and if the drama get's resolved, we get emotional gratificiation and the feeling that everything turns out all right in the end.