Television in Our Reality

I don’t speak for everyone when I say this but people tend to think of themselves while watching TV. I admit that I have done it in the past and I have friends who do it now. Is it a way of coping with what is going on in our lives or us just wishing that it was our lives? I have found myself to fall under both. When I first started watching Jersey Shore I looked at the cast and turned to my friends and told them, “this is us.” Only it really wasn’t us. I would watch my soap operas and say “I wish to one day have a relationship like them.” However, given all the history of Soap Opera, I don’t think I ever want a relationship like the ones in General Hospital, All My Children, One Life to Live, etc… Recently this past summer I was watching the show 90210 and like any teen I fell head over heels for Liam Court and decided that was the type of guy for me. The more I thought about it, the harder it finally hit me. It’s not real. The reason why I fantasized about things that I found in my Soap Operas or shows like 90210, even the books that I read, is because it’s all written that way. It’s written to appeal to the target audience. I decided it’s time to stop letting these shows get to me like this and make my own happy ever after. After all, the great thing about reality is that it’s real. Why live someone else’s life when you have your own?

I have a friend that has been comparing his life to Once Upon A Time. I actually like hearing his explanation of how he is The Dark One. I might have helped him too. He sees himself as Rumpelstiltskin who was betrayed twice by the women that he has loved. First there was Mila and then there was Cora. This actually has happened to my friend so once he called himself The Dark One, I pointed the rest of everything out to him. I finished by telling him, “This might have happened and they pretty much are Mila and Cora. But you know what happened when Rumpel became The Dark One and it will happen to you in the future. He met Belle and someday you will meet your Belle.” So, like music, our favorite TV shows can help us deal with the hard times and even help us learn what we need to do. If there is one thing that Once Upon a Time has taught me, it’s that even the most evil person can find love. Although I feel like I have already mention that in a previous post. Oh well!

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