Hello, dear reader. How’s the world been treating you recently?
We all have guilty pleasures, don’t we? We watch television shows that we know will not enlighten us, and we listen to music that makes us feel uncool (anyone for a 90s pop binge?). Among the most worrying of these little weaknesses is my generation’s tendency to watch unrealistic and emotionally demanding romantic films. Sure, a decent rom-com can be uplifting and life-affirming, but most of these movies are designed to make us believe that if you don’t look like Katherine Heigl then no man will ever be able to look past your character flaws. Even worse, they make us think that you can be as much of a prat as you like AS LONG as you are physically stunning.
The worst (and most dreadfully acted) of these culprits is the Twilight series. I freely admit to owning the books and having watched the films, but I’m not proud of that. In many ways, the series is the definitive guilty pleasure. You might think that it’s a harmlessly gormless tale of supernatural pretty people, but it’s actually pretty offensive and worrying in the “lessons” that it tries to teach us. Here are the most disturbing ones:
1) You can be UNBELIEVABLY annoying as a person, breathing in weird places, mumbling and not finishing sentences and boys will find you fascinating.
2) If a guy is pushing you away it is definitely because he loves you TOO much, and/or is trying to save your life.
3) You should always date the most dangerous guy you can find. If no bloodsucking immortals are available, the nearest mythological beast will do.
4) Get married as soon as possible, without considering a career, travel or further education. Why bother with anything self-fulfilling when a pretty boy wants you?
5) It is totally ok to string someone along as long as you don’t enjoy hurting them.
6) Everyone you know secretly fancies you. You literally cannot step out of the front door without heartsick men swooning at your feet.
7) Your boyfriend’s family (and basically everyone else you know) should be regularly required to risk their lives for you, and fight other scary monsters just to save your skin.
8) Never, ever smile. You’ll get wrinkles and your boyfriend will be baffled by your sudden lack of brooding sulkiness.
9) The world revolves around you.
10) Vampires and shit like that are definitely real.
There is nothing wrong with having guilty pleasures as long as we know how to distance ourselves from them. There is nothing wrong with watching/reading stupid stories like Twilight as long as we ignore pretty much everything they have to say, and pay attention instead to people who say awesome things, like Dave Grohl:
Have a glorious day, lovely reader. Maybe get yourself a fancy sandwich for lunch.