Does The CW Even Know What Teenagers ARE?
Before we get going this morning, I’ve got a guest post over at The Bookish Type about why fairy tale reboots are so popular. Stop by and say hi!
So after all the comments to my last post about the CW’s The Secret Circle, I decided to at least give it another shot. I’m up through episode 4 now. Whatever superficial similarities the show bore to the book (which were few and far between) have totally evaporated. The plot isn’t remotely the same. So I’m trying to give it a chance as it’s own thing, but MAN there are some things about this (and most other CW shows) that really IRRITATE ME.
Like this whole thing going on between Melissa and Nick. Why aren’t they making out in the backseat of a car fully clothed and just trying to get to Minor League second base (I say Minor League because apparently the whole baseball analogy has gotten a lot further along these days than back when I was in high school)? When did it become okay to show teenagers having a sexual affair and acting exactly like adults with their own place? Where they sleep over without having to avoid parental entanglements (and yeah, Nick lost both his parents, but in the books there was an uncle or a grandparent or SOME guardian)? Where it’s just accepted that they’re essentially F*** buddies, which is totally the vibe I’m getting from this portrayal, no matter how they seem to be trying to semi-redeem Nick the bad boy. And let’s just not even get into how he treats Melissa like crap and she lets him.
Susan made a recent post about this in relation to The Vampire Diaries, where she talks about Elena and Stefan going away together for a romantic weekend at the lake, and Elena just breezes in and tells her over-permissive-I’m-too-cool-to-be-responsible guardian aunt that she’s going. “Okay! Have fun!” That was, incidentally, the point at which I said adios to TVD.
What. The. Hell.
There is something SERIOUSLY WRONG with our society if the message that teens (and adults for that matter) are getting slapped with is that sex is no big deal. It’s all good. It’s all fun. It’s all normal.
No, it absofreakinglutely is NOT. It’s BIG. It’s IMPORTANT. And it should damned well MEAN SOMETHING, not just be a means of scratching some physical itch. I don’t give a damn what your hormones may be screaming at you.
What happened to the days of Buffy? It was a BIG EFFING DEAL when she and Angel finally did it. And there were consequences of epic and demonic proportions. Not saying the world should end every time our teen characters finally come together that way, but have it do something to CHANGE THEM and ADVANCE THE PLOT. Not just as a means of having gratuitous shots of well-sculpted boy-man chests.
Thankfully I am MOSTLY not seeing these kinds of displays in actual YA fiction. Sure, there’s sex in much of it, but it’s usually not graphic or it’s glossed over or implied and usually it MEANS SOMETHING. That’s become kind of an accepted thing.
So why the heck are we seeing such a graphic and radical extreme in YA TV? I mean, I know that these shows are meant to appeal to a wider audience than just teens, but for the love of Pete, do they not think that we adults can be entertained by a show without random, gratuitous sex? Please. Do something radical and present us with something resembling a PLOT.