Web series or digital media as they are sometimes referred to has been an emerging trend in entertainment over the last few years. So what makes a web series, a web series?
While there has been much debate as to what constitutes a web series, mainly due to budgetary concerns, the number of web series still continues to rise in varying genres and types of series. For most, a web series is an outlet to create content that we aren't seeing on mainstream media. It gives creators the freedom to write a story the way they want it to be written, without having to censor themselves.
A typical web series that you see today is usually uploaded through a free service, most popularly YouTube, with episodes on average ranging between the three minute and ten minute mark. Which isn't to say that there aren't series with longer episodes.
A huge trend in web series today is the connection to literary works. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern web series adaptation based on Jane Austen's novel, Pride & Prejudice. Some say that it's this series that really put web series on people's radar as it reigned in much recognition and even an Emmy win amongst other notable awards. Whether it's this series or another that put web series on the map we aren't mad about it.
Some web series seen today are educational, mockumentaries, animated and even unscripted. There really isn't one clear cut answer as to what a web series is, we just know that it serves a purpose and that's to tell a story. The web series community is extremely welcoming and supportive, embracing all pieces of work, especially of those in the LGBTQ community.
In a world where mainstream media still struggles to represent positive images of different races, genders and other issues, creators can find solace in web series. However, it's not just them. Audiences are finding themselves in characters of web series even more these days as what we consider minorities are now being portrayed in a positive light.
So we ask again, what's a web series? Everyone has a different answer and that's just the answer. It's what you make of it.