Except The Simpsons doesn’t feature a cast visibly aging right before our eyes. You can’t compare your sloppy timeline to The Simpsons. Also, we wouldn’t have to be “timeline keepers” if one single person on that writing staff would take care of that.
Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining, Marlene.
This is an interesting debate for Pretty Little Liars. I won’t address The Simpsons thing because that’s just silly and I assume Marlene King is being silly by suggesting it. But why is it that PLL is not allowed the same latitude as Roseanne or Modern Family or even other soaps?
Maybe because the audience has a line in a sand for its suspension of disbelief, this audience who’s had to suspend so many things, and the third season plus “The Season of Answers” taking place over the course of a month crosses that line. Some might say it’s because we’re watching the Liars age before us. But I think it’s less about how they look (which was, culturally, a point of parody for other teen soaps like Beverly Hills, 90210) and more about how we’re watching them grow up.
Troian Bellisario being on the brink of marriage, Lucy Montgomery seeking out other career opportunities, and Ashley Benson topless sunbathing all contribute to this idea that we’re looking at adults and not teenage girls. And, as the actresses are growing up, so are the fans. Fans that were ending their freshman year in high school when PLL first started in June 2010, younger than all the Liars, will be in the middle of their second year of college when the show comes back in Winter 2015, about two full years older than the Liars. We’re watching the audience’s relationship to the show change.
Viewers have gone from “they’re just like us!” to “Oh, man — what babies” during the course of the series. It’s different for adult viewers and, I suspect, the grown-up show creators since time stands still for them. Once you’re beyond 21, your age milemarkers come by the decade, not by the year. But there’s an ocean between the 15-year old who fell for the show and the 20-year old trying to maintain that same connection. And that can feel betraying.
So there’s this question mark about how the show is organized. There were so many storylines that need to be packed into the high school careers of these women, especially if there’s going to be a new perspective for them come season 6 and 7 (Marlene King has said she’d “elide” the college years and make them adults for the latter seasons), that time had to stand still. But it didn’t stand still for the viewers. And now the viewers have to negotiate their new adolescence or post-adolescence watching their favorite characters sustain numerous cruelties while the show slows down time.
Anyway, it’s one theory. The rest of us might just be annoyed that two years of this show has been compressed into an impossibly long month and that gives folks something to complain about.
HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BOOKS: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/how-long-it-takes-to-read-the-worlds-most-popular-books
My brain likes things like this.
professionallush and I are reading Anna Karenina in October. Wish us luck.
When you first sign up for the service, you’ll be assigned an “Alfred.” The app shows you this person’s picture and some general information, as well as the verification for the person’s background…
There’s already an Alfred app (productivity and file search app for Mac: http://www.alfredapp.com) and Ask Jeeves is still in the cultural consciousness and there are literally no other names for butlers/servants so I guess this “disruptive” app is going to have to hold off on releasing until one of those names free up oh well too bad.
What my laptop looks like when I’m at home:
What it looks like when I take it to a coffee shop with any amount of light:
What happened, man? My computer’s a two face.
The Nine Eleven Special
I’m pretty sure I tell this story every year on some platform or another but I was thinking about it during my post-run walk.
I want to preface that I don’t mean any disrespect with this. The families of tragedy shouldn’t be disparaged and my patriotism should not be questioned. I vote. I participate. I get cranky about our government just like every other red-blooded American. Also, I guess there should be a trigger warning here. But you should’ve gotten that from the title.
The morning of 9/11 I was asleep. Unemployment had lolled me into a nether realm of having nothing to be awake for so why bother getting up early. This was shortly before my retail working days that would forever curse me to waking up every morning between 6 and 7AM. Every morning.
So I was sleeping in when my friend and roommate Ian knocked on the door. Not moving, I yelled through the pillow, “Come in.” He gingerly opened the door and told us a plane had hit one of the buildings. My immediate reaction was that it was an accident. Planes fly over cities all the time; one was bound to fall out of the sky at an inopportune time. I’m surprised you don’t hear about that more often.