Lately, it has really been getting on my nerves when people criticize someone for being too into a television show. You don’t know how that show touches them, or helps them overcome something in their life. The bottom line is you don’t know the person and don’t have the right to criticize them.
I say this because I, and many of my friends, are these people. I know of someone who met the main actress from her favorite television show and told her how much the show means to her because in her life she has gone through similar things as the female lead in the show. How would you feel if you told that girl that she was too obsessed with the show and that it was just a show? You wouldn’t know that she has painful, personal ties to the show from your first impression of her.
I usually get the strangest responses from people when I tell them that my favorite TV show right now is The X-Files (I also like all of the CSI‘s and stuff, but my first answer will be The X-Files). Just the other day, an old friend who hadn’t seen me came up to me from behind(I was reading with my headphones in and didn’t hear her), hugged me, and asked what I was reading. I was reading the novelization of I Want To Believe, the second X-Files movie. When I showed her and she just stared for a minute, I said “I’m kind of obsessed with it” and she just said “You need to be filling your mind with better things.” Ok. Pause. This is when the “Don’t judge a book by its cover” saying comes in handy. Just because you may remember the X-Files as some scary, 90s cult TV shows (which it is, yet I happen to like it) doesn’t mean that it is absolute crap (or as my mother likes to call it, “that mess”). It means something to somebody. You wouldn’t like it if I criticized or judged something that you liked, now would you? No.
I don’t understand why people can’t see TV shows the same way they see books. Books have stories that have great meaning, with things that we can apply to our lives. If they didn’t, what would be the purpose of our high school Literature classes? I just can’t seem to understand why people have the hardest time seeing TV shows as having a good story that can be applied to everyday life. There are numerous talented writers and producers who come up with the ideas for the shows that our out nowadays. What makes them different from a book author? If the writers of House or CSI went and wrote down the whole season as a book, what would make it different from any other excellent work of fiction at Barnes and Noble?
I think that books and television shows can both have meaning, just in different ways. People dismiss television shows as invaluable because they are on TV, and as everyone knows, nothing good is on TV (sarcasm). Maybe I’m wrong, and there are people somewhere who won’t dismiss an obsession with a television show as a dumb addiction. However, where I live, that is not the case. TV scripts are as good as a fiction bestseller. Storyboards are graphic novels in their own way. The next time you see someone freaking out about a television show, think about how you act when you talk about your favorite book.