Jade: So one that I have talked about before has been Riverdale. I think that overall, it's important to acknowledge that there are parts of that that are obviously meant to be fictional. But then there are also a lot of pieces of it that I think are there not necessarily [supposed] to complement the comic book origins and are more there to make it interesting. And that also applies to a lot of other shows about teenagers. I think the first thing that comes to mind is the way that sexual situations are portrayed and just generally sexuality. Unlike Sex Education, they kind of know what they're doing, know what they want.
And then there's also just incredible amounts of drama that don't exist and don't make sense in real life. And just the sort of general like determination in terms of like, yes, young people are determined, but there's a weird aspect to it of how independent they are. And there's not very many barriers, it seems, that are put in their way. I think that teenagers shouldn't necessarily always have barriers in their way for everything, but the reality is that there are a lot of extra barriers that teenagers face whenever they want to do things. Like in order for me to join the show today, I had to get my parents to sign a waiver.
Also something I think about a lot with shows that portray teenagers is that they never have to do homework, seemingly ever. They always have plenty of free time, which is not the case throughout high school. Most people are unavailable all the time because of school and other extracurricular activities. And so I think that those things are all applicable in Riverdale, but also to most other shows about teenagers.
Cloe: Well, I'm a sucker for Gossip Girl. I love that show, but it's not realistic at all for my experience. There aren't parties happening at big fancy clubs every weekend, and somehow they're all getting great grades and fighting to get into Harvard and Yale. It's never been the case. And I just feel like that over-excitement over going to these big fashion shows or how having this drama that ensues, with revenge and stuff, was not my high school experience. I think it's great for the drama. I'll watch it for that, but never to actually feel related to the characters.
And I just think all of them are super attractive, whereas, I don't know, for me, high school was a time of awkwardness and pimples, and grossness that just needed to be hidden, and you have this flawless Blake Lively. That's where I find the difference between the show in real life.