Pop Culture Savvy: When fiction and reality clash

Savannah Sawyer

I want to stroll the streets of Stars Hallow, take me to Dillon, Texas, where Coach Taylor and his family resides, let me wander the halls of Greendale Community College and be the wife of a man that travels through time. I want to sip coffee at Central Perk and meet a shy nerdy boy obsessed with video games and comic books in Orange Beach, Calif. My rebellious side will come out when I travel back in time to 1950s when I team up with Holden Caulfield and my heart will love when I meet Rob Gordon, a music obsessed record store owner.

The wonderful thing about television, films and books is it allows you to escape into a world where anything is possible.

Because of that reason alone, there are so many characters that I wish I could pull from my imagination or off the television screen and into my actual life.

What I would give to roam the streets of Stars Hallow, the fictional town where the Gilmore Girls reside. I would befriend all of the quirky characters the show has to offer and embrace them with love. I want to eat a burger and get a cup of coffee at Luke’s Diner and try some of Sookie’s exceptional cooking.

I want to learn what it is like to be a big part of a community that is centered around one thing, football, like in the show “Friday Night Lights.” Better yet, I would want to be the Tami Taylor to Coach Eric Taylor any day.

If only the community college I attended was half as great as Greendale Community College on the show “Community.” Never so much have I wanted to be a part of a study group more than the one on this show. They’d have to change the pretend talk show to Troy, Abed and Savannah in the morning.

Even though there was a lot of heart break and tragedy that occurred in the book “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” I still would love to live the life of Claire and discover what it is like to love a man who travels through time.­­

Possibly one of the best television shows of all time is “Friends.” It’s a simple show that follows a group of friends and their lives in New York City, yet I?still want to live their lives. What I would give to share my life with a group of my closest friends over a cup of coffee at Central Perk.

The breakout character from “The O.C.” is without a doubt in my mind, is Seth Cohen. What the producers originally envisioned as the nerdy boy a girl would never fall for turned into the loveable geek who you wanted crushing on you just as he did with Summer.

Holden Caulfield is possibly one of my favorite characters in my favorite book of all time, “The Catcher in the Rye.” Possibly because he is one of the most realistic characters I have come across. He’s young and rebellious and full of anxiety which causes him to change his mind quite often.

If only I could meet a guy like Rob Gordon from the book and movie adaption of “High Fidelity.” A music lover and record store owner in Chicago (in the movie adaption) who looks back on his past relationships and why they have failed to try to figure out where he went wrong. Sounds like the story of my life.

Movie, television and book characters still go through the similar triumphs and failures any person on the reality side of the spectrum my go through but maybe it’s the happy endings that makes it seem like there lives are perfect or worth watching.

Each of these characters have something to give, something to learn from them, something that makes them loveable.

Column by Savannah Sawyer, Assistant Features Editor.

2 Comments on "Pop Culture Savvy: When fiction and reality clash"

  1. Nick Reside | October 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    I like the Catcher in the Rye, but I don't understand why so many people idolize the protagonist. He's an appealing character because he's so deeply flawed.

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