I’ve been watching teen shows since I was about twelve years old, identifying with the main characters I saw on screen.
Imagine my surprise when sixteen year olds are now born in 1995. I was grunge in ’95. My first boyfriend had moved away and I’d just discovered Orson Wells. Suddenly I feel like identifying with the protagonist’s parents. Add to that the fact that the people playing parents in TV-shows now look kinda like the kids in TV-shows from the eighties and early nineties. I mean, compare the ages of the actors in Beverly Hills 90210
and Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
with the cast of Pretty little liars.
Don’t they look small to you?
(Sure, so I just checked their ages on IMDB, and American television is still casting much older actors in the roles of teenagers, but still.)
Thank goodness I have The Vampire Diaries, where I can imagine being part of a Gothic romance set in modern day, and the main characters are all pretending to be between seventeen and twenty-three, but in fact are between twenty-five and thirty-two, and they look it.
Hell, one of the seventeen year olds is two years my senior. This makes everything better.
What do you think? Does watching YA television make you feel old?