tropiavera: (my blood is radioactive)
the bestworst show of our time returned!! )
tropiavera: Margaret Olson (Default)
Horrifying as this may seem, what lies before you is the edited version of my feelings about the Pretty Little Liars finale, by which I mean, I have written you an illustrated novel. So. Spoilers ahoy, and discussions of the myriad issues. BE PREPARED )

Overall: this felt really rushed and haphazard for a show that normally deals with its revelations and foreshadowing at a good clip, but one that allows you to actually process what the show is telling you. This time, there are like three subplots that I can't even figure out how I'm SUPPOSED to feel about it, let alone how I actually do. (Except Ezra. Always.)
tropiavera: karen eiffel ([✍] once upon a time)
You guys, I forgot how fucking intense the last episode of Pretty Little Liars! The last ten minutes of it blew everything else out of my mind. Rawles asked me if this show "makes sense" in the technical way, and I feel like I don't have the vocabulary to respond to that. If you have a doll phobia, you should not look at this, probably.See for yourself. )

Jesus. I COULD NOT BE LESS PREPARED FOR THE FINALE.
tropiavera: alice morgan and john luther ([∅] no one alive can always be an angel)
So, you know how no one here regularly watches Pretty Little Liars and it makes me sad all day long?? THE TIME HAS COME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, because they have ramped up the already breakneck pace of surreality and I need to talk to you about Patty.

EPISODE 2.22: Let's discuss. )
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
Did you guys watch this week's Pretty Little Liar's Halloween special? Of course not, but oh my unholy goodness. It was incredible. Incredibly fucked up. ALL OF THESE THINGS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT.

The premise is, it's like a year before Allison went missing (and so two years before the beginning of the show), and it's Halloween! Should we all find amazing costumes and go to an implausible party and have our terrible secrets everywhere? SHOULD WE EVER! I'm putting this behind a cut because of how disturbing and graphic the content was. )
tropiavera: Margaret Olson ([♪] don't talk to me like i'm just any g)
So, I'm watching something like eight shows that are currently on the air that fall into one of two spectrums: generally-enjoy-to-looooooooove or generally-dislike-to-genuine-dislike, except for the total outlier, Pretty Little Liars, which gives me such a plethora of emotion, I can't even. It's a network show featuring a teenage lesbian as a protagonist, which happens exactly never, and she's not tragically single! There are tons of regularly appearing female characters who are the driving actors for the plot! What could be wrong?

OH RIGHT ALL THAT SUPER PROBLEMATIC SHIT IN THEIR RELATIONSHIPS Seriously, this is an extended discussion of messed up sexual power relationships, which may be triggering. )

* There's also an interesting side discussion here that K and I have had, and that [identity profile] rawles.livejournal.com brought up as well, which is whether the Fields are being coded as white. I haven't read the books and can't comment on how it's done there, but it's particularly interesting with relation to the family's conservativism and military service.
tropiavera: Margaret Olson (never won letters for anything)
So I've been watching Pretty Little Liars, as I foresaw happening, and man is that show ever filled with things. It has some excellent elements, but uh, a lot of shit it does really bugs! The way it treats Aria and Ezra, for example: rife with yikes. I also have some reservations about the way they're presenting Spencer's whole deal with her family, and I've had a fair number of issues with Hanna's storylines, but shit really went off the rails with the last episode.

In Monday's episode, the significant focus of attention was on Hanna's bulimia and the way the mysterious villain of the show manipulating that fact in order to torment her. While it's a well-done storyline and all of that, I found it an intensely difficult one to watch due to my own personal history. The thing is, though, that's not exactly a foreign feeling, because I watch a lot of teen dramas.

I go back and forth frequently about how I feel about the fictional portrayal of eating disorders. The treatment given by Gossip Girl to Blair and by Skins to Cassie, for example, were for the most part considerate and true to life (and as an extension of that, incredibly painful), but it verges on cliche. It's not difficult to think of another dozen fictional characters suffering from eating disorders of various kinds, but how many of those aren't wealthy white girls? It seems a lot of times like the preferred method writers have for adding depth to and sympathy for characters of significant privilege, with the male version being an abusive father. It's used as shorthand a lot of times (Pink's video for "Stupid Girls", Gus van Sant's Elephant), at which point it becomes a question of when we all decided this was the way we were going to code for "destructive and unhappy inner life of a (white and privileged) teenage girl".

Hypothetically it's better than brushing the whole culture under the rug, but at what point does the pendulum swing too far in the other direction? It may be my story, but that doesn't mean I want to see it reflected in every story, because I want better for both the fictional girls involved and the real girls watching the show.
tropiavera: karen eiffel ([✍] once upon a time)
Once upon a time, ABC Family started airing Pretty Little Liars, and it was pretty much exactly the ridiculous Desperate Housewives: Little Sisters series that I had expected. But amidst all of the cheesy line deliveries and dramatic synchronized text messaging (yes), there emerged a plotline against which I have no defense: teenage girlfriends.

The Ballad of Emily and Maya )
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