When I was sixteen my class in school was entered into a journalism competition in which we all had to write an article. We could write about anything we wanted ranging from sport to opinion and there was even a photojournalism section to the competition. I decided to take the easy way out and I pulled up an old essay which I was forced to write the previous year titled ‘Reality T.V. is destroying the real world’. In it, I bashed the likes of the Kardashians and I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here, branding them all as a waste of time. I was what would now be considered a television snob.
Fast forward four years and I unapologetically watch I’m a Celeb every year, download songs from the competitors on The Voice and come home from work to watch Love Island on ITV2 after missing it at 9pm. Sixteen-year-old me would be infuriated. He would be forcing the likes of Game of Thrones and House of Cards on my screen; anything that would make me actually think while watching it.
Being a twenty-year-old male and watching Love Island is an interesting experience. You would never bring it up with a friend unless a female friend was around to instigate the conversation. Slowly, your opinions on each of the couples trickle out until you’re in a fully-fledged argument about how Chris deserves better than Olivia and which couple should win the £50,000 at the end of the series (Jamilla ftw). You check Twitter during the day but God-forbid you retweet something for fear of having to put up with memes such as this:
And opinions like this:
Get my point? You love it but you hate yourself for loving it. You can’t stop yourself from watching it.
And I’ve learned to embrace it. F*** Piers Morgan. He finds a fault in everything. F*** my Facebook friends who share those memes. I barely ever see you in real life. I proudly watch Love Island.
Then there’s ‘high-brow’ T.V. shows such as Game of Thrones that is back for its seventh season and rakes in millions of viewers worldwide. Its popularity has led it to become the most pirated T.V. show of all time (*ahem*). Is it really so much better than reality T.V? Four years ago I would have said yes, but my sister would cringe at the idea of watching Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons take over Westeros or defeat the White Walkers. Does that make her any less of consumer of entertainment? Sixteen-year-old me would have said yes while muttering ‘You know nothing’.
Some people still have the opinions that I used to have. They view anybody that doesn’t like Game of Thrones or other high-budget, intense storyline T.V. shows as not intelligent enough to understand them. I am over that. I now see the light.
We all have our own tastes and tend toward different types of T.V. entertainment. I watch both ends of the spectrum, but for totally different reasons. I don’t watch Love Island for the storyline and I don’t watch Game of Throne for gossiping and dumpings. The other provides that to me.
Indeed, sixteen-year-old me would hate my opinions now, but I don’t care. At least I won’t turn into Piers Morgan.