Today I’d like to talk about entertainment for entertainment’s sake, or TV show/film/book shaming.
Lately I’ve noticed a bit of a trend online, whereby people “shame” others for watching certain TV shows or films, or reading certain books. I felt it was a topic worth discussing… so here I am.
Personally, I watch all kinds of TV shows and films, and read all kinds of books. As long as I’m entertained, it doesn’t really matter to me what the genre is (though obviously there are some genres I don’t enjoy at all), or the tone, etc. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something dark and totally gripping, sometimes I’m in the mood for something dramatic, and sometimes I’m in the mood for something light, funny, something I don’t have to think about too much, or all of those things. That’s my preference, my personal opinion.
So why, then, do people feel the need to shame others for watching/reading certain things? I joined in with a discussion about a certain TV show a while back, and while on the one hand people were commenting saying how much they enjoyed the show, too, some others jumped in and started picking it apart, saying the show was inaccurate (I hadn’t noticed), lacked substance, and so on. I didn’t argue, because that’s not my bag, but it did irritate me. It felt as though myself and the others who’d stated they enjoyed the show were being shamed for liking a show that “lacked substance.” Granted, it is what I’d call a light and fluffy show, and doesn’t require you to think about it an awful lot. But for me, that’s the charm. Sometimes all I want to do is plonk myself down in front of TV and be entertained, and smile, and laugh, and be charmed by something. For me, that show ticked those boxes.
So why is that wrong? Are we only “allowed” to enjoy deeply cerebral TV shows, films and books? Or are we only “allowed” to admit to those things which educate us or make us think? Do we have to keep our enjoyment of entertainment for entertainment’s sake under wraps? Why should we?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that inaccuracy is okay – research can easily prevent that, but mistakes happen. The editor in me picks up on them frequently – in fact I watched a show recently (one of the dark, totally gripping ones, actually!) which completely hooked me. I thought it was fantastic, but I did notice some continuity errors. They bugged me a bit, but not enough for me to stop watching the show, or even comment on it anywhere – life’s too short. But when I Googled afterwards, I saw articles dedicated to pointing out those issues and slating the entire show!
So, let’s discuss. Where do you stand on this debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Happy Reading (or watching),
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter