I generally talk all about things I love in entertainment. However, recently I've been noticing that I do have some Hollywood pet peeves. Therefore, I have compiled a list, in no particular order, of my least favorite things about entertainment. I wonder how many of you will agree... or disagree. We'll see!
Lately there has been a ridiculous amount of hype about movies in 3D. Not only is it in kids' movies like How To Train Your Dragon or Toy Story 3, it's also in mainstream blockbusters like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. And now, even beyond just the theater, 3D TVs are being sold with a family set of glasses. What I don't understand is... WHAT is the big deal? I'm sorry, but to me 3D is a hindrance to anything I am trying to watch. Not only does it give me a head ache, it seems completely unnecessary. I was watching this comedian on Comedy Central one night and he did a whole bit about people who say during movies "It looks so REAL." But it's not because it's 3D... it's because, those are REAL people on the screen. I laughed, but I think he had a point. 3D doesn't really add anything to the reality of the movie. The special effects, acting, and a few other things will do that. 3D is just something they can hype up and then charge you an extra $10 a ticket to view. Avatar looked neat in 3D, but to be honest, I may have enjoyed it more had I seen the regular version. During Toy Story 3, I hardly noticed it was in 3D (save for the enormous head ache I acquired) because it was all still just a cartoon. And the worst part of 3D is it is allowing movies that probably don't need to exist to be made JUST for the 3D effects, like Pirahnha 3D and Step Up 3D. TELL me those two would exist if it wasn't for 3D...Now if you are a person who enjoys 3D, then I am sure it's because you see something in it I just can't, and there's nothing wrong with that. ENJOY! But for me, I'll be seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in 2D, just like every other movie I plan on seeing in the future.
CABLE "REALITY" SHOWS
Now, don't get me wrong... I do like some reality shows. The ones with competitions like Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top Model, and (although it's not really my style) American Idol. I can at least deal with these because it's not about their personal lives and as much as it is a game. The ones I have a beef with are shows like Jersey Shore and The Hills. I think that Jersey Shore is a show that has found the scum of the Earth and is just displaying it shamelessly to the world. And the worst part is that the world is actually paying attention and ENJOYING it. Do these trashy people deserve to be famous? Do they deserve to walk the red carpet and be paid for being drunk 98% of their lives and sleep with everyone they come into contact with? Apparently, the WORLD thinks so. It's disgusting to me... I had a student last year choose to do Italy for her research paper because "that's where the Jersey Shore people are from!"
I truly almost started crying right there in my classroom. But this same phenomenon began with The Hills, a show that's supposedly a reality show but has a writer, a script and, God forbid, a movie in the works. WTF. And there are people who enjoy the terrible acting, the cat fights, and love Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. Any show that allows two idiots like this to become famous for no reason should be taken off the air. UGH. Now, I might be a hypocrite...
because I do occasionally watch the Kardashians... it's a guilty pleasure... but I draw the line at Jersey Shore and Speidi.
In the same vein as the aforementioned "reality" shows, The Bachelor is one of those shows I cannot stand. My mom really enjoys watching it as does one of my close friends... but I CANNOT sit down and take it seriously. When you really get down to is, the show is just about one person dating 30 people all at once. And as such, the person who is the Bachelor or Bachelorette by default has to be a pretty shady, fake person. At least in my opinion. I am sure there are those of you out there who enjoy dating 30 people at once and think it's fine, and to each their own. But I really can't find myself being attached to a "main character" of a show that is pretending to be looking for love, while we all know they more than likely just want to get famous while getting some booty. There has only been one couple from this series that has lasted, that I know of. All the rest have exploded publicly in an emotional break up. And it usually happens that by the end of each season, who ever my mom liked at the beginning she dislikes at the end because their true colors always come out. Because there isn't a true way to be very likable when your making out with 7 people at a time.
ABC FAMILY SERIES
I try to ignore the sillier things on TV, but there are some shows with premises so annoying, I can't help but pay attention when the commercial shows up on my screen. What I've noticed is that a lot of these shows end up on ABC Family. Shows that seem to depict teenagers as slutty, stupid, and backstabbing are all the rage on that channel, and I don't really understand how that seems like "family" entertainment. Sure most teenagers are like that... but it's definitely not what I'd want my students to be watching... and it is REALLY not what I'd want to snuggle up with my hubby and puppy and watch, either. I'm speaking about The Secret Life and Pretty Little Liars, for the most part. To me, these shows seems like bad knock offs of Degrassi, turning ABC Family into the off-brand Noggin or "Teen Nick." I feel that these series take the most superficial of all teenage struggles and then turns them in to a show and pretends or perhaps believes it's showing us something profound. It's delusional and annoying. Not to mention the lead on The Secret Life is just WRETCHED, as quote by a tweet from The Fug Girls. (Thanks for that, gals, it's the perfect way to describe her.) One of my favorite Secret Life moments was forever immortalized on The Soup on E! A long argument between a girl and her ex about how many people they had slept with to get back at the other. Oh yeah and they were shouting this in the hallway at school. Come sit down, kids, watch this show with me!
Now, beyond this, ABC Family has further offended me in the last year with another series they tried to get off the ground. The first time I saw a commercial for it, I thought I was going to throw up. It's possible existence not only enraged me, but all my friends and my husband. The gall. The audacity. The utter stupidity it must have taken to believe they could make this work... I'm talking of course about 10 Things I Hate About You, the series. HOW DARE YOU ABC FAMILY, try to put your horrible stamp on what I can only describe as The Breakfast Club of my generation, a movie that made so many girls my age begin to idealize certain boys because of Patrick Verona, a movie that should never be tainted by your superficial crap, you demon channel! Thank GOD that this series failed miserably and the original movie gets to keep it's good name and associations.