In 2008, it was all about vampires. In 2011, it was dystopian societies with corrupt governments. And now, 2014 seems to be the year of teenagers with fatal diseases.
As far as Hollywood obsessions go, the first two are pretty benign. In real life, there are no supernatural creatures roaming the streets at night thirsting for human blood, no game shows forcing adolescents to fight to the death. Romanticizing those subjects isn’t that worrisome. A vampire is never going to write “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer to tell her: “I’m not being portrayed properly, and now everyone thinks I sparkle.”
But teenagers with illnesses do exist. I am one of them, and it hurts to see movies and television glamorize our suffering.
Everything about this article is so accurate and important!
I wanted Red Band Society to be good I really did, but after watching it I realized it was another romanticized version of illness. They never even once show a patient hooked up to an IV, something that is unavoidable in a hospital. They show the hospital as a fun and happy place, something it just isn’t. The whole show just made me angry.
^^ yess. In real hospitals, even if you’re really ill, most of the time they send you home if you don’t need to be hooked up to IVs or whatnot because if you don’t need that constant supply of drugs in a way you can’t get them at home, they’re not going to keep you there.
Red Band Society seems to think there are like, 5 star hospitals like 5 star hotels. You can check in if you’re sick and get this nice place to stay and people to meet and cool amenities.
In real hospitals “five star” means your meds come on time and the nurses respond to the call button… not that you get comfy furniture and hang out spots or any sort of privacy or freedom or even time to meet other patients at all in any way.
"According to “Red Band Society’s” Leo, “Your body isn’t you, your soul is you, and they can never cut into your soul.” However, the show’s writers seem to forget that every time you start a new medication or treatment, every time you get a new diagnosis, every time you hear the words “there is no cure,” your soul is cut into. It might heal eventually, but there will always be a scar, a reminder of the pain, the grief."
In some older versions of Persephone’s story, she was a young woman, not a young girl, and instead of accidentally wandering away, she had gone deliberately adventuring, when she fell, or was lured, or was kidnapped into Hell. Here Persephone’s adventurous spirit leads her into difficulty, instead of her being a passive victim of the wickedness of others. Her relationship with her mother gives her the courage to explore her world, and when events take a bad turn, their relationship gives her the strength to survive.
In a still older version, Persephone heard the despairing cries of the dead and chose freely to go into the Underworld to comfort them. Hades does not appear at all, in this version. Here Persephone’s descent to hell illustrates inclusiveness for every being, whether in the Underworld or in our present one, and shows that mercy is integral to her nature.
In the most ancient layer of myth, Persephone’s name means “She Who Destroys The Light.” She was the powerful Goddess of the Underworld long before anyone knew of Hades. Like the Indian Kali, the Irish Morrigan, and the Sumerian Ereshkegal, she was the Goddess of Death.
When Lily Evans told James Potter that she wouldn’t go out with him because he was a bully, he stopped bullying people and redeemed himself. When Lily told Severus Snape that she wouldn’t go out with him because he called her a racial slur, he went on to join a racist terrorist group. Conclusion: James Potter handled rejection much better than Severus Snape does.
after you’ve been through like a string of fandoms and you’ve decided your favourite character/s for each one, there will come a day when you will list all your faves from each fandom side by side and look at them carefully and realise