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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Realistic or Not?


E & I recently started watching The 100 on Netflix. I had no idea it was on the CW and had I known, chances are we never would have watched it. I don't like watching shows that have to be censored because of the channel it is on. I like to see the real deal type shows.. which brings me to the reason for my post..

Game of Thrones is criticized hard for how realistic it is. For example, one of the main characters is raped by her brother (also a main character) and the shitstorm it received was crazy. In the TV series, The 100, there's a scene where a 16 year old girl falls for a grown man (30ish) and they eventually make love. I'm not sure if it received any criticism because I wasn't aware of this show when it first came out but I can only assume it did. I know I said "No. No. No" over and over again until the scene was over.. which btw was really freaking long.

My question is.. do you prefer shows to be realistic to the story they are portraying or would you rather not have scenes similar to the ones above? I know folks get uncomfortable with rape scenes, as they should because that's a huge no no.. but at the same time, I prefer that shows are as real as possible. It makes me believe that the show is staying true to itself.

In case you missed it, I am not okay with rape nor do I think it is a normal thing.

All I'm saying is that in shows like GoT, rape was a common thing in that era. They didn't have consequences nor did people give a shit if it was happening. Other things they show.. men that are gay or bi, little boys training to go to war, beheadings and more. I'm not for or against these things but I appreciate the creators being brave enough to show these things in order to stay true to the story.

There are a ton of shows that have been hated on like GoT..Dexter received a lot of shit for being so damn violent but the whole show was based off a serial killer. Weeds got the same thing because it involved marijuana, guns and cartels.. again, the name of the show is Weeds. Masters of Sex finished their second season and some folks still think the content was too strong. What are folks expecting from shows these days?!

So my question again is..do you prefer shows to be realistic to the era they are portraying (staying true to the story) or if you would rather they skip scenes (ex: violence, sex, drugs) to make the show suitable for everyone?

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  1. I know I prefer realistic shows/movies even if they make me feel uncomfortable. That's party of the reason I watch movies/tv/live theater - to feel something and that's tough to do if everything is glossed over. Right now, I don't even have a TV at home, but even though it's on the CW, I'm intrigued by The 100 and am definitely going to check it out (and GoT, but I think I need to set aside a week to power watch that).

    And on a side note, I love your blog redesign and new catchphrase!

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    1. YESS!! You said it perfectly, we watch these shows to feel something. We can't feel shit if you sugar coat it.. makes no sense.

      The 100 isn't too bad. I'm not sure if you looked it up but it's interesting. 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to Earth after it's been vacant 100 years due to some huge explosion. The kids are sent to Earth to make sure it's liveable. We have the final episode of the first season to watch and we're done. I think the second season started last month.. not sure though.

      As for GoT, it's such a great show! I love how unpredictable it is.. mostly the character deaths. Let me know if ya want me to hook ya up with the episodes! :)

      Mucho thanks for the compliment on the redesign! Change is good.. or that's what I'm trying to convince myself of haha!! <3

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  2. I prefer no censorship so we watch a lot of HBO. Sometimes I don't care and like the fantasy world of Scandal but they are very raw on there as well. I don't know why people complain though, you don't HAVE to watch anything lol.

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    1. People love to complain about pity things like this. It's sad but what are we going to do lol HBO & Showtime are my shizzle!!

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  3. I (tried to) post a comment on this post a couple of days ago, but obviously I failed. I wanted to let you know that I binge watched (like a crazy fiend) The 100 on Netflix and CWTV.com - it's wonderful! WONDERFUL! Right up my sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, dystopian alley. I would rather have things be real than censored... I feel like if you don't want to see it, then turn the damn channel folks, nobody is making you watch TV.

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Muchos thanks for stopping by! :)


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