Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tangled Up in Feelings

I started watching Tangle yesterday.

Like Love My Way, it's quite depressing.

Tangle features teenagers who find a dead body. Instead of reporting it to the police, they monkey around with the body, call him gay several times, steal his keys, and break into his house.

On the positive side, though, it's not one of those novels or shows where all the characters are awful. Justine Clarke's character seems quite decent, as well as her sister played by Catherine McClements. And there are a few other characters who I can relate to and like.

The thing is I've been mildly depressed lately, and I'm wondering if watching this show will make me more depressed. Is it unhealthy to watch it? Or is it helpful to watch it? Maybe it's cathartic?

I don't know.

And what is the point of depressing TV shows in the first place? Is it to remind happy people that they shouldn't be so happy? Is it to make sad people more sad?  Or is it a way to say, It's okay that you're feeling depressed, because the world's a depressing place. And no, it's not your imagination. There's really shitty people in the world who make life miserable for the rest of us.  

OR maybe it's for the people out there who are the real life versions of the teenagers in Tangle. Maybe it's a message to them. Hey, you're okay. Other people have antisocial reactions to dead bodies as well. You're totally not alone.