I was reading here about how book and TV people do not act as they would in real life.
Here's what gripes me: fictional portrayals of teacher/student romances.
That is just so wrong. So nauseating. I don't care how clean and shiny and good-looking the actors are. It's gross. Don't glorify it. You might as well try to foist a sympathetic child-molester on the viewing/reading public.
Let's take one of my favorite shows as an example: Pretty Little Liars.
The Aria/Ezra storyline always jarred me right out of that fictional little world. I could buy that Ezra mistook Aria for a college student when he first met her. Being right out of college himself, and Aria all pretendy about who she was, fueled that mistaken-identity fire. But when Ezra saw that Aria was a high school student in his class that first day, he should have put an end to their budding romance. He's the adult.
Since Ezra allowed the relationship to continue, he became a perv. A perv who doesn't give one whit about his career or the tender psyche of a 16-year-old girl. A perv who plays along with his victim's fantasy that they are soul mates. It doesn't matter how mature for her age Aria appears to be. No matter how much coffee she drinks with Ezra, or how many art shows they attend, she's still a freaking child! Lock up that perv and throw away the key!
And seriously...Ezra? Why not just name him Ichabod, or Ebenezer, or Bartholomew, or Marmaduke. Here's a thought: Chester the Molester.
Adults who watch the show can reconcile fiction with real life. The kids are kids. They don't think the same way adults think. They romanticize. This storyline should be taboo. Or used to illustrate how very, very wrong such a relationship would be. Because Pretty Little Liars is a show designed to attract an adolescent audience.
Criminy! We need to stop glorifying pedophile/victim love stories. This show has an adult male of at least 22 years of age in a romantic relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Aren't there laws against that sort of thing?
Lock Ezra up and throw away the key. And his teaching certificate.
It's all I can do to watch every single episode.