Anna Louise has a great rant about meta, or, when characters act as if they don't read any books or movies, ever.
Example: it bugs her that Brennan in Bones can be so pop culture illiterate and still have written a best selling book. Full quote from Anna Louise: "we're supposed to believe that the title character has gotten through 30+ years of life without learning anything practical about "the human condition" or whatever? And that despite not understanding human emotion, common motivations, or popular culture, she wrote a bestselling book?"
I laughed because it's true; I laughed because despite it, I still enjoy the show; and what bugs me about "I don't know pop culture" Brennan is how come she dresses in the latest style, yet acts as if she has never heard of Vogue?
It's a fun read, in part because Anna Louise is so right. It bugs the heck out of me when a character should have certain common knowledge available to all. She points out that it is hard for an author: "on one hand, we have people who aren't aware at all of what's around them (television, media, people), and on the other hand, we have people who are too aware of what's around them."
When I read YA, I can excuse ignorance of "what's around them" because teens and kids are younger; haven't had time to be as aware of what is around them. But, I do want to give teens & kids credit; they aren't stupid.
Anyway, the whole thing is brilliant, so take a look. Anna Louise is an editor, but concentrates mainly on TV in the post.
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