Monday, September 15, 2008

Boob Tube Tears

Was tonight's episode of One Tree Hill really that sad or am I just hormonal? Was it really good scriptwriting or was I looking for a reason to cry? Am I sad? Why am I sad? And why the heck is a 44-year old mom watching teeny-bopper nighttime soap operas?

Unlike many smart people I know, I think TV is awesome. I'm not talking about all the bad stuff: advertising, most reality programming, violence, or any of the other scary crap that literally broadcasts the demise of our civilization. I'm talking about fiction....drama...really entertaining stories that allow me to completely lose myself, that make me feel things that are either different or deeper than whatever I was feeling before.

For example...I open the computer to write about how sad I felt watching a bunch of fictional characters mourn the loss of a fictional teenage basketball player and then...TV TO THE RESCUE!!!!!!!!!

I switch the channel and happen upon a movie called Fall and the tears are gone. The feelings aren't gone, though. They just changed. For the better. A lot better. This movie is most definitely not porn but it is very, very erotic in a really smart way. It's about a writer turned cab driver who falls in love with a married super model who is so much more than she appears on magazine covers and runways. They have a very, very steamy affair that reminded me of Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in 9 1/2 weeks but much, much sweeter.

Uh-oh. Lots of great sex and love scenes; cool cinematography; awesome music; great street scenes in New York, Madrid, and Paris; and intelligent and funny dialogue. But now I think it's ending sad.

It is. Shit! My novel is going to have to be my channel switch because I absolutely positively need to go to bed....and I'm sad again.


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  2. Heh heh - I tend to channel my emotions thru old Star Trek episodes, speaking of weirdness!
    [Looks like Fall got so-so reviews but what the heck, I can put it on my Netflix list anyway]

  3. i love tv too and saw that episode of one tree hill. i have even been known to *gasp* watch gossip girl. i am absolutely shameless.