This is my sudden observation of a reality or theme in nearly all of our meda. I'm going to cover the two most prevalent forms of artistic media, books and video. And from those I'm mainly going to analyze "13 Reasons Why" and "The Handmaid's Tale". I realize these are hot topics right now so I'm not trying to be cliche, however the two works do fit neatly into two long standing categories. One satisfies the teenage angst crowd and the other the dystopian future.
Starting with 13 Reasons. If you don't already know, teenage angst is a symptom of a still-developing prefrontal cortex combined with an objectively irrational and chaotic environment which fails to subtly box in the teenage brain and force it to conform. It is critical that our children are informed and educated on how their current feelings ARE NOT PERMANENT! And beyond that to give them proper tools and skills to navigate that time in their lives. However, I don't see this, all I see is the same themes being pushed on these kids. Even sagas like Twilight, seek to reaffirm this idea that the teenage state is the adult state, the forever sate. "Go ahead, make life altering decisions at this point in your life because YOU TOTALLY WON'T REGRET IT when you turn 25, become a vampire, marry some freak and have kids... kill yourself as an act of revenge..." I value literature which forces us to explore other ideas and other worlds... but that must only come after you are certain your audience has the skills to know the difference or has been taught to know the difference. All the themes I see for teens pander this romanticized stupidity and fail to teach valuable lessons. Yet they play on emotions so they all become big hits... Adults are stupid and will never understand. You know who you are and must trust yourself... nevermind weirdos like B166-ER who suggest those feelings may have been influenced by advertisers and other money grubbing assholes.... I'm not on a mission here to save the children... far too many anyway. But for those of you already adults... what do you think this says about our culture when this is what we pander to our kids? Is this coincidental or intentional... where are the voices of reason in all of this and why am I the first person that I'm aware of to bring this up???
When I was growing up we read books and watched movies which had protagonists which learned from their flaws, sure they suffered. But they overcame, they rebelled and resisted and they TAUGHT me, the reader, value lessons grounded in truth. Sure there were flawed characters, but it was never like it is today where the parents are flawed and the teens are victims or something.
Now the Dystopian works...My problems with these are brief and I also do understand that its been going on for a longer time. Even my classic 1984 is guilty of this flaw... however one of my favorite movies "V for Vendetta" for instance overcomes it. And that is that these dystopian themes make the reader complacent. They show us characters who simply play along with the sick and twisted whims of the dystopian rulers at their own expense. They drive home the idea that there is no way to escape or that in the end no matter what Big Brother always wins. "The Handmaid's Tale" if it were written by the Wachowski's would have to follow a different handmade in every chapter as each would immediately upon capture find some way to kill or maim her captors. Perhaps waiting until the first ceremony, and then with bare hands gouge out the eyes of her male or female captors. Some would find escape, some would not but there would be an ensured casualty list or cost to both sides. The theme being that you cannot enslave people in such a grotesque manner and expect even half to make it easy for you. The middle of the book would have the dystopian leaders scratching their heads at how to contain these outbursts, to show that they themselves feel at threat by their victims. Dystopian works should show the reader how and why to never stop fighting, and that no matter what, big brother cannot always see everything and be everywhere.
So two main themes which I have been observing for some time now. Are these intentional or accidental, what does Voat think.