Monday, November 14, 2011

Admitting Guilty Pleasures

The other day I was watching TV – and feeling terribly ashamed of myself.
We all like stuff that friends and significant others think silly: I've already dated a guy who thought Agatha Christie was everything that is wrong in Literature; a friend of mine hates Nirvana; my boyfriend won't even go near a Disney movie.
Nevertheless, I love Agatha Christie, Nirvana is my favorite band, and I watch Disney movies all the time. Because while those people might not like that stuff, I do. I think Agatha Christie created great stories and wrote them well; Nirvana composed awesome songs, and the band played them all really well (well, perhaps not live); and Disney movies are amazingly well-made. I'm not ashamed to say I like those things. It's simply a case of “different strokes for different folks”, and that's fine.
But then, we all have our guilty pleasures. Something we know it's bad – badly written, or composed, or filmed or thought of, or whatever – but still enjoy. Stuff we rarely admit we like, that we might even trash in front of our friends!, but that we also secretly enjoy, no matter how ridiculous it is.
Thus, I've gathered here a list with my guilty pleasures. I thought of listing 10 of them, like most lists do – but then, I don't play by the rules. I'm a maverick. Hence, I'll be treating you to a list of my 7 guiltiest pleasures.
It might also be due to the fact that I simply couldn't think of 10 things. Anyway:

When the TV series was announced, all those years ago, I thought to myself: “I see. Another series about ridiculously rich teens, who have no sense of reality whatsoever, and make big dramas out of nothing. Just like Beverly Hills 90210 and The O.C.
I was not disappointed. It was everything I expected – nay, hoped it would be: beautiful 25-year-olds playing high-school teens, money all around, houses I'll never have, overpriced clothes and DRAMA. I was instantly addicted to it.
However, there's a HUGE difference between allowing yourself to watch a TV show on cable (you pay for the cable tv, and the show comes with the package, what can you do?) and going to a bookstore, finding the book, willingly taking it to the cashier, and paying money for it. I took that book with me wherever I went, and did not put it down till I was finished.
But, truth be told, I was extremely ashamed of opening it near people I knew! From the heights of my literary knowledge, I look down on stuff like that. It's instinctive: I know I'm supposed to despise such things. But... all that drama! It's so enticing! How could I not be attracted to it?!
Notwithstanding the siren's spell, I've managed to read it only once, and not look for the sequels. Phew! Crisis averted!

6. Reality Shows
I know, I know: they ARE everything that is wrong with television nowadays. Still, there's a reason why they're successful: people love watching other human beings stuck in awful situations, and making drama where there's none. Which is why most people enjoy a god old soap opera. And a reality show is even better than a soap opera, because it's got real people in it! O.o
I actually refuse to watch shows like Big Brother and Survivor. I think there's no good reason to put yourself through all those indignities. Oh, money? Is that what you're after? Then go get yourself a job, like the rest of us. 
As for dating shows, like The Bachelor... well, here's where things get shady for me. I entirely disapprove of both the premise and the execution of it – but still catch myself watching it from time to time.
But THEN, we have things like American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, Runway Project, The Glee Project, etc. etc. etc. Shows on which people gotta have real talent in order to win. I can totally get behind that. It's entertaining for us, and good for them (I guess). And I do love a good singing competition! (Though now that Simon and Paula have left American Idol, there's no reason to keep watching it. The thing now is The X Factor, am I right?). Top Chef is also really interesting – but I don't keep track of it: it makes me hungry. And even though I don't watch Glee either, I LOVED The Glee Project! And those girls on America's Next Top Model are too good to miss: they CRY when they get a haircut! They actually think they've lost their identities! They're like “I don't know who I am anymore...”! Still, the photo shoot sessions are great to watch, and the pictures are beautiful.
And the dearest show in my heart: So You Think You Can Dance. God, how I love that show. Can't wait for next year.
But yeah, it's hard to tell that to most of my friends... I usually get laughed at. [sighs]

I used to love Grey's Anatomy (I'm very partial to hospital dramas as well), and Katherine Heigl's character was my favorite. Then, she started appearing on romantic comedies, and I thought “hey, great! Lemme watch that one, what's the tagline?... Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Huh. Ok, let's see”. The fact that standing by her side was James Marsden, aka Cyclops, aka the prince from Enchanted, aka one of my biggest crushes ever, was another reason to watch said film. "From the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada" didn't hurt either.
Is it original? No. Does it convey any special message? Nah. Is the acting particularly mind-blowing? Nope. And nowadays, I don't even like Katherin Heigl that much, she's turned out to be somewhat of an insensitive bitch who chooses to play the same role in different films – most of them, soul-crushing bad films.
But I can't stop watching “27 Dresses”! Damn it!
Maybe it's James Marsden, I don't know. He sure makes everything better just by existing and looking the way he does. And when he moves, my heart totally skips a beat.
But the thing is: whenever I'm switching channels, and I stumble on 27 Dresses, I stop to watch it. Until the freaking end. Because it's 27 Dresses. I've got the DVD, but I'm gonna watch it on tv anyway.
But if you're a friend of mine and ask me what I think about the movie, I'll tell you right away: “God, does that movie suck or what?!”.

To be continued...


Bruninha T. said...

I aslo love Agatha Christie, Nirvana and Disney Movies ("Tangled" is just soooo cute, my guilty pleasure might be singing the first song of that movie almost every morning as a motivational habit)

Rml said...

Awww, I LOVE "Tangled"! So damn cute!

RicAdeMus said...

Disney gave me my favorite song lyric ever. Someday I will sing it on my blog. Someday.

I tried watching Gossip Girl because a niece wanted to watch it and talk about it (like we did one tree hill), but I lost track of the show.

Top Chef, Chopped, House Hunters, Flipping Out, Next Iron Chef, and some others (including some of the "Housewives" shows) get watched at my house. I'm not saying who watched what, just that they are on.

Are you sure you mean James Marsden and not James Marsters? A lot of girls get them confused. Or maybe it's just me. LOL!

Rml said...
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Rml said...

You GOTTA sing it!!!

Yeah, I lost track of GG too... I had better things to do, I ended up only watching the 1st season.

"Real Housewives" shows? Really?! LOL, please tell me it's not YOU who watches those!

Hahahahaha, no, I definitely mean Marsden. I have no opinion whatsoever about Masters - except maybe the fact he was not wise in choosing to play ANY role in "Smallville". God, what a waste of time that show was.

Nashe^ said...

GG (tv) is my guilty pleasure, too! Sometimes the show is draggy as fuck but I just gotta finish what I started. >.<

And I like watching Real Housewives! But only Beverly Hills, coz the rest are boring.

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Rml said...

LOL, I'm trying to be back for good!

RicAdeMus said...

Haha, no, it wasn't me watching Housewives, but I was in the room. So Iknow way too much about the ladies in Beverly Hills, New York and Orange County.

The Marsters I meant was Spike on Buffy. Too many boys with similar names.

Rml said...

Hahahahaha, phew!

Yeah, I know, it's Spike! But he grew up and played a villain in Smallville. Like I said: a waste of his time. *shakes head*

RicAdeMus said...

Oh yeah, I forgot he was Brainiac. It was forgettable--you're right.