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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'M JUST AN OLD FUDDY DUDDY




I’ve been watching a television show from 2011.  It’s called Terra Nova.  For some reason my husband and I didn’t watch this when it was on.  It’s an interesting premise.  The world is dying in 2149.  They find a rip in time that allows them to go back 85 million years to the time of the dinosaur and build a new life. 


The premise of the show I find intriguing but in this case the execution is not so good.  Too much time spent on teenage angst.  It would have been a great show if they’d concentrated on the adults and left the teenagers to small supporting roles.  Now maybe I’m just an old fuddy, duddy, but I’m tired of all the teenage anxiety in movies.  Yes, I’m one of those who hated Twilight and though Bella should just be killed by Edward and he should move on and find out he’s a real vampire not a sparkly wuss…er…less than manly man.   So sue me.

How do you feel about all the teenage angst in the movies today?  Do even the teenagers like it?  It would seem to me that they are going through so much of their own, the last thing they’d want to see is more of it.  Maybe that was why this series was canceled after only 13 episodes.  

But I'm probably wrong about the teenagers.  They seem to thrive on troubles.  Look at the success of Twilight and the Hunger Games.  Teenage troubles all the way. 


As to the actual premise of the show, going back 85 million years to save your family and start a new life, would you, knowing that there are already those there who have built something and it’s not a total wilderness, but also knowing that there are not the same amenities as there are here.  No television, no cell phones, no processed food, you get the idea.  Would you do it?

I would, especially if I had a family to save.  Unfortunately, I doubt I would have been one of those recruited.  How much need would they have of a writer?





11 comments:

Lynda Bailey said...

Cynthia~

I thought I was the only one who detested Twilight. :) Glad to know I'm not alone.

Would I go back 85 million years? Uh, no. With my luck I'd end up dinosaur fodder before doing anything to save my family.

Karalee Long said...

I haven't heard "old fuddy duddy" in a loooong time. I loved Twilight and did not like Hunger Games. My hubby taught high school for many years, and the stories he told about the tough lives some of the kids had leaves me empathizing with today's young people. A lot of today's teenage angst is based on the difficult time they're going through. That's why young adult literature is so popular. It's because today's kids have serious troubles in their lives. We were both appalled with Hunger Games: kids killing kids. As to your question regarding going back 85 million years to live. I wouldn't even want to go back 100 years. And, of course, as a woman, I wouldn't want to go back any amount of time. We still don't have full equality, not really, but it's sure better than it was. Oh, and any time period would have done well to have writers. We tell the stories, and now they're written down. How fortunate we are. Love your stories, by the way.

Kara said...

Can't stand Twilight. I haven't read it, but I detest books and shows that make a teenager's life more adult than it needs to be.

woolfcindy said...

Thanks so much for your comments. I appreciate them.

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

Oh, Cindy! You're my hero for saving that about Edward and Bella! OMG, I don't write like that do I? LOL, moment of panic! I think the teen angst thing is just something that is a universal that people try to tap into. It's like love and death and things like that. There are only so many things that a person can relate to. I always find that when I loved a show as a teen, if I go back and watch it now, I'm always a little disappointed. Like Witchblade, that was the coolest show when I was a teen, same as Buffy and Angel and all of those. Now, I watch them and they are more about bringing back the memories of what life was like when I was a teen and why I loved those shows so much... even if they are ridiculous now.

woolfcindy said...

Jesse you have some angst in your stories but I don't think it takes over the story like it seemed to in Twilight. The other thing I never could figure out is why Edward, who is like 120, would still be in high school. How dumb is this guy? And if he's 120 why is he interested in high school girls. That's a little...no a lot...creepy.

Allie Ritch said...

I thought Terra Nova had such great potential and was sorry it was canceled before it had time to grow and sort itself out. In some ways the biggest mistake was having the dinosaurs be beside the point (they don't feature as much as I would have thought). As for the rest, conflict is good, but a lot of angst just tries my nerves. That's just me, though, and was true even when I was a teenager. I was one of those odd few who did not enjoy The Catcher in the Rye.

Kara Ashley Dey said...

Glad somebody said it! Can you imagine if every episode of STNG was about Wesley's adolescent problems? Ooops, shhh... Next thing you know a new spinoff "Star Trek 902106724534..."

You know it's going to happen one of these days.
--Kara

woolfcindy said...

That's great Kara Ashley Dey. I couldn't agree more. You know that it's been proposed, the STNG concentrating on the teenagers, wonder why it hasn't come out. Do we actually had some heads of studios with a brain or two? Naaa

Regina Duke said...

Great blog! Now I may have to watch Terra Nova at least once to see if I am as annoyed as you were. LOL

They would never recruit me, either. Besides, my little dogs would be dinosaur bait! Lovely blog. :-)

Member, OFDC (Old Fuddy Duddy Club)

woolfcindy said...

Oh Regina. You made me giggle. I'm a card carrying member of the OFDC, too.

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