In a conference 3 years ago,in Skopje, Macedonia, someone from the audience stood up and yelled us, 2 academics from Turkey, claiming that Turkish TV shows are making Macedonians stupid. That was the first instance I realized how big this TV show industry has become.
As the two Turkish TV characters sat on a beach at night and looked into each other’s eyes, millions of viewers in South America held their breath.
“I’m afraid of losing you,” said Kerim, gently embracing Fatmagul and stroking her hair.
“You don’t have a reason to be afraid,” Fatmagul answered, looking at him with poignant eyes before they kissed….
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