November 28, 2011

I’ve been 16 since I was 12

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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?



  1. I don’t watch any new “young adult” shows, but I did watch 90210 when I was younger and Buffy in my mid 20s( I was a late bloomer to the Buffyverse).
    I can’t really even imagine watching any of the shows of today. They seem almost laughable, really. What the heck is Pretty Little Liars even about? (I suppose I could just google that myself, huh?)
    Everything makes me feel old! LOL I am a mom and suddenly a step-mom. I met and fell madly in love with my hubs, who I just so happened to go to Jr. High and High School with. We even went to homecoming together our senior year…so yeah. THAT even makes me feel old. The parents of some of my kids friends make me feel old, because a lot of them are younger than I am. πŸ˜›
    Most technology makes me feel old. I’m sure you get the point. LOL!
    I’m guessing we’re about the same age? I’m 35.

    Comment by kantal113 — November 28, 2011 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

    • I feel like a drug addict or a Nickelback fan or something equally frowned upon when I admit this, but I actually watch Vampire Diaries (worst acronym ever) religiously. It’s ridiculous and over the top, but I love it. At least three twists in each episode.

      I totally get the point! I’m a little younger than you, but most of my friends are around the same age as us. It’s weird how when I was little, late twenties was when I expected to be at the top of my game: career, family and everything else on the tracks. Now, I just feel kinda clueless. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll go through my whole life feeling like I’ll be grown-up in five years.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 28, 2011 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

      • “I’m starting to wonder if I’ll go through my whole life feeling like I’ll be grown-up in five years.”

        I feel that way ALL the time. I’ve often wondered when I’d start feeling grown-up. I guess it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon, and I suppose I’m alright with that.
        Maybe I should check out Vampire Diaries. I do like over the top stuff sometimes. The hubs and I have been watching The Walking Dead and we LOVE it! The acting just kills me sometimes, but the plot twists just throw us off nearly every episode. Good stuff. I highly suggest it if you haven’t already seen it. (I know the topic was YA shows, but had to mention TWD because it is kinda over the top at times)

        Comment by kantal113 — November 29, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    • Oh, I’ve been meaning to check out the Walking Dead. You’re the fifth person who recommends it. Hope you like the Vampire Diaries. I didn’t like the first episode, but after the second one, I was hooked. πŸ™‚

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 29, 2011 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  2. If I happen across YA television these days, it does make me feel old, but in a sweet way. I think how glad I am not to be back in those days!

    When I watch Buffy, OTOH, I feel like my teenage self is reinvigorated for little bursts at a time. That’s a feeling I relish. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — November 28, 2011 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

    • I hear you. I’d never want to relive those years again.

      I’m just rewatching season 2 of Buffy now. Still good. πŸ™‚

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 28, 2011 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  3. You just mentioned two of the shows I watched while growing up! And they were great. Especially “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And I totally agree with you: “Don’t they look small to you?” They have been casting actors and actresses older than the actual roles but yeah, the ones now? I think they look more the part of teenagers, especially in “Pretty Little Liars.”

    Comment by Anna — November 29, 2011 @ 3:45 am | Reply

    • Which I guess is actually a good thing. I used to make fun of the shows from the nineties for casting grown-ups in kids roles, but now I find it comforting. πŸ˜‰

      Sign of getting old, I guess…

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 29, 2011 @ 10:43 am | Reply

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