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The OC also known as Orange County California is an idyllic paradise - a wealthy harbour-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities of kids living secret lives hidden from their parents and of parents living secret lives hidden from their children The episode The lonely hearts club directed by Ian Toynton tells the story of the Cohen Cooper and Nichol families and Ryan Atwood a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks who is thrust into this world and who will forever change the lives of the residents of The OC The OC takes place around four central characters Marissa Cooper Ryan Atwood Seth Cohen and summer Roberts as well as other minor characters such as the parents From Ryans first moments in Newport Beach he found himself in conflict with the strict economic and social hierarchy that has existed for generations and doesnt tolerate any invasion from any outsiders In the beginning his very presence in Newport Beach threatened the security of its inhabitants and their way of life simply because this troubled teenager was unable and unwilling to conform An example of this is when Ryan tries to reunite Lindsay with her estranged father but his bad boy nature and image gets in the way We are positioned to see Ryan as the guy from the wrong side of the track as he lies in bed pulling the blackest up close around him This makes us see him as vulnerable and to see that pulling the blankets up gives him a sense of protection His fish out of water status continues to set him apart from the rest as conflict occurs over his social standing Although it took time and many obstacles Ryan eventually won the hearts of the Newport inhabitants and we as viewers are positioned to perceive him as a protagonist and sympathise towards
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