The Allure of TV.


Yesterday I was accused of “going home to watch TV” every night, when usually what I do when I get home is take the dog for a walk and spend the rest of the night reading. I do watch a lot of TV (this year especially I have managed to watch pretty much all my series’ as they air, including the deluge of new shows like New Girl, Revenge and 2 Broke Girls, and still have plenty of spare time left over. Previous years have seen me struggle to keep up. Odd.), so I don’t know why I was so offended by the comment. I think it was because I was judged based on some throwaway comments I’ve said in passing about catching up on Revenge and Once Upon a Time. Fittingly, last night I read this in The Big Issue:

“Nobody really cares about TV. What they care about is how TV makes them feel: smart, carefree or enjoyably furious at something or someone who isn’t the person they sit next to a work all day.

“Watching TV us one way of ensuring you’re not left making daisy chains [a reference to an earlier metaphor about cricket]. You’re on a team. You’ve studied a show alone in your lounge room, much like those other kids who practised cricket alone in their backyards. You love that character, and anyone who doesn’t like her is dead to you. Unless they’ve read the book, in which case they’re an asset to the side and you’ll pick them first, until they stop watching or admit that they kind of prefer Boardwalk Empire.”

Image via HuffPo.

6 thoughts on “The Allure of TV.

  1. I liked Chuck and Blair well enough until the end of season 3, even after the indecent proposal. I was never passionately in favour of them, but when I look back at their season 1 interactions, I can see why Chair shippers like them so much.

    The last two years, though? I just don’t see it. I fell for Blair and Dan around the time in season four that they kept dreaming up ways to “accidentally” kiss each other: there was an energy between them that just seemed to jump off the screen… similar to the energy I’ve felt when I find myself starting to fall for someone.

    It’s not the angst I have a problem with when it comes to CB, nor is it the “darkness” of their characters or their relationship. It’s the fact that ever since C declared “war” on B in season 4, they haven’t seemed to like each other much. Their love seems more out of habit than about an actual spark.

    I’ve seen plenty of friends go back to people who made them cry – hell, I’ve pined over people who’ve made me cry myself – but the reason they kept going back was because they had chemistry. Not, “oh, I love you so much but we can’t be together due to manufactured reason #123” chemistry, but “wow, I actually have way more fun when you’re around” chemistry.

    Sorry for hijacking this thread into a dissection of the ins and outs of a poorly written teen melodrama.

  2. Haha, you’re the only one I can talk about Gossip Girl intellectually with, so I don’t mind.
    I think the reason I can’t really get behind Dair, though, comes down to the fact that, which you’ve pointed out numerous times, the writers didn’t capitalise on soon enough. But I’m so annoyed that once they did give them a chance, it only lasted for a few episodes and then Blair was inevitably back to Chuck :|

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