Are Teenagers Really Like That?

When I was in high school (oh, so many years ago now) I loved watching Dawson’s Creek. I loved watching Dawson and Joey and Jen and Pacey try to navigate their life. I loved Pacey. Everyone in my year watched it – okay, there was one girl who didn’t have a TV. She’s a doctor now so, well done her parents.

But while we all agreed it was great, we also agreed that ‘real’ teenagers didn’t talk like that. We could ignore it, sure, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t know that the characters talked like 30 year olds (well, 30 year olds some where. Not like me or my friends now that I am 30, but you know what I mean).

I mention this because lately I’ve been binge watching Awkward and I read a lot of YA fiction and what I wonder is, do teenagers feel that they’re portrayed accurately in books and television? And does it really matter either way?

If you are a teenager, what do you think? And if you’re through your teenage years (and isn’t that wonderful!?), what’s your take on this?

This is my gratuitous picture of Pacey. Because, you know, I loved him.

2 thoughts on “Are Teenagers Really Like That?

  1. theeditorsjournal says:

    I was not an avid watcher, personally I always found them so self obsessed. – teens, go figure! I find it weird how they always used older people to portray teens before and now they wouldn’t dream of it. ‘Member 90210? – Jeez remember a time when teens didn’t even exist – as portrayed in ‘Rebel Without A Cause?’

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