I am not one who wishes I were back there, in the 80's. In fact, I abhorred high school. I was an awkward... wallflower. I wasn't picked on or any such thing. I was just... invisible.
I didn't blossom until my college years.
So I like to spy on the other side, when I watch these shows. And some are really terrible and cheesy, I know.
2. It helps my research as a YA/Teen novel writer. Good one, right?
But seriously, it helps to keep up with the lingo, and with future ideas.
The other night I was taken back there, to the 80's... I had a memory that I'd long forgotten about:
My senior year, a very popular basketball/football player asked me (the wallflower) to go steady with him. At first I thought it was a joke, but as it turned out, it wasn't. The only problem (besides the fact that I was shy and awkward) was, I wasn't even remotely attracted to him. Even a little.
So I came to a crossroads of sorts: I could either pretend to like him and have free entry into his popular clique--instant fame. OR, I could turn him down and be frowned upon by that same clique.
So, guess what I chose? Yep, to remain a wallflower...who now got stares and frowns. But I'm proud of my decision too!
I figure, that story's got to make it in some of my pages.
3. There are some good teen shows on television.
I thought I'd give 90210 and Melrose Place a chance because I watched the original ones, but BLEH. I don't like them very much.
Here's two that I do like:
GLEE! Of course, because I was in Show Choir. :) But, it's a smart and funny show.
The Vampire Diaries. Yeah, don't even say it. They do resemble Robert and Kristen. But really, that's where the Twilight references end (they even made fun of Twilight in the last episode). What can I say? I like brooding, and tortured men. Hey, the books were written in the 90's--it makes me curious about them--anyone read them?