A few nights ago I had a stress-induced freak out. This semester has been one for the books. The type of semester you know will be fun to look back on in, oh, 50 years when your classmates all reunite and you say, “Wow, remember fall of 2013?” and “I’m glad you finally took my advice on the Larry David glasses, Rob” and laugh a little and cry a little because maybe the pain is still there a little.
In the middle of my freak out, Rob asked me which teen soap I would like to see have a reunion. I responded, “I see what you are doing here, the distraction technique, and I’m smarter than that and also what are the terms of this reunion?”
My answer came down to The OC or Dawson’s, which surprised Rob, because, as he put it, The OC only had one really good season to its name and Dawson’s Creek had…everything. I responded, “Yes, it would be Dawson’s overall, but I need to at least pretend to think about this for the sake of my future relationship with Adam Brody.”
Adam, a girl can’t wait forever.
(Update: Today Adam and Leighton’s engagement was announced. I’m happy for your guys, really. These are tears of joy.)
This semester I am writing three scripts, and two of them are set in high school. I’m also taking a class next semester just so I can write a CW-worthy show, and my two main celebrity crushes are men who got their starts on prominent teen soaps.
All of these things point to a girl with a deep and abiding love for all things teenage.
I think there are a few reasons I’m drawn to adolescent worlds and a few reasons why my teenage characters often inspire my best writing, but it all a boils down to one idea (and no, I don’t believe people who write about high school are all Chip Matthews):
In high school, everything means something.
Also, I’m a bit of a drama queen.
In Dawson’s Creek Season 4, there is a whole episode revolving around the turmoil caused when Dawson and Joey are voted Capeside High’s cutest couple. Pacey and his wounded soul are further wounded, Dawson is…who knows…and Joey is nearly beside herself. Hearts break. Feelings take over. Capeside may never be the same!
This ridiculous misunderstanding is just that, a misunderstanding, but in high school, well, in high school it’s everything.
And I’m the type of girl that likes things to mean everything.
Also teenage girls are just so fun to write.
While we’re on the subject of teen TV shows, have you guys seen this video of Chace Crawford? If not, please watch it now so we can discuss. This was the video I used to introduce Breanne to Chace all those years ago and she shielded her eyes and said, “He’s so beautiful it hurts to look” and “Oh now he’s just pandering to his audience” (when he announced Tina Fey was his celebrity crush).
I choose to believe Chace was not pandering, but he is a man of substance and depth and loves Tina as she has always deserved to be loved by everyone.
Also I once dressed up as Liz Lemon so this can only help things on the Chace front, right?
Where was I?
I got distracted.
Maybe Rob is on to something.