7 Reasons I Will Always Defend Reality Television

7 Reasons I Will Always Defend Reality Television

It’s theatre from the pleasure of your own home.
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We live in a world where you either love reality television or don't. Its genre is so specific and crafted that you can only have a strong reaction either love or hate. But whatever side you may fall on, I feel that this specific type of television has more potential than to the average viewer.

When we really break it down, reality television serves us many purposes. It can teach us to love, how to host parties, how to say yes to the dress, the reasons are really endless. But above all its purpose is to entertain! How can you not want to bask in the delight of a housewives fight, or a bride melting down on her wedding day, or up close and in person with the daily life of being a pop star?

If any of those scenarios couldn't convince you, then one of these reasons is sure to convince you of why you need to tune into Bravo, TLC, VH1, or MTV immediately. You won't be sorry.

1. The cast members have problems that you will never be able to understand.

From driving from Beverly Hills across the country to pick up the right miniature horse to wondering whether you can marry someone in ninety days, reality television stars have ordinary dilemmas that we will never be able to comprehend. It’s part of what makes it exciting to watch. Seeing ridiculous people be put in even more ridiculous situations! It’s hilarious to think of how these are considered problems, and then terrifying the more you think about it.

2. It’s theater from the pleasure of your own home.

Chekhov, Shakespeare, Williams, all the greats would kill to have characters like Sheree Whitfield, Blac Chyna, and Mariah Carey. There’s no shortage of great divas, queens, and fierce ladies all in one room. And then you have on the opposite the boring, stuck-up, no fun people who are trying to bring them down. The only thing that can occur is chaos and you’re ready to consume it all, one act at a time.

3. It’s a vision of how you would act if you were ‘famous’.

While their problems are a stretch in your world, their behavior is extremely relatable. If you were in their shoes, you could see yourself acting in a similar fashion. Wanting to be notable enough where people know your name, but not where fame is the defining feature of your life. And then with that tiny amount of fame, being shocked when people have no idea who you are. Or in honestly just taking whatever they want and expecting others to give it to them. I mean, c’mon, you’re used to a life of luxury.

4. The shows are pretty damn funny.

No matter how crafted the drama might be or exaggerated personalities might appear, you can’t deny that reality television shows are hilarious. Whether the stars are just so damn charismatic, being shady as anything, or having a forgetful moment, it’s so nice to see it all on display. Watching a great comedic piece of reality television truly feels like a historical moment for all the world to see.

5. Its unapologetic nature is admirable.

What makes these shows so tantalizing are how unapologetic they are. The content is put out there, and whether you like it or not it doesn’t matter. You’re not always supposed to like them. You’re supposed to get frustrated with them, adore them, and then question why you’re watching them, like any significant other. It’s all a part of the ride.

6. Not-so-guilty pleasures are on full display.

With the shows’ shameless manner, it’s also reflective of those who we follow. All of the people we follow are complete open books. Their love for alcohol, drama and themselves is anything but hidden. It’s frankly refreshing to see people who don’t hide their faults or bad habits but embrace them.

7. Its unrealness makes it an enjoyable form of irony to watch.

While reality television may not be entirely real, that’s part of its charm. Because if there weren’t a sense of altering reality for reality television, then it wouldn’t be so great to watch! There’s only so much time before things start to fade and no longer be interesting. And it especially works when you have a smart cast who acknowledge their own falseness.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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