Pretty Little Liars
The Nonrealistic Aspect of Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars is an ABC drama series that follow the lives of four best friends (Spencer, Hanna, Emily, Aria) after they find themselves at the center of a murder mystery when their best friend, Allison is killed; however, the murder mystery as well as the teens lives are falsely portrayed compared to real scenarios. Even though the four girls grew apart they are still hiding a dark secret. For these girls, high school will never be the same, suffering from popularity and self-image issues of receiving mysterious threatening messages from “A”.
To begin, Rosewood could be an interesting place to live, but it’s the least realistic town ever. Are there any rules, structure, or responsibilities there? Someone could get away with murder in that town, Allison was to be super popular and then her crazy twin Courtney, who lived in a mental institution, got jealous and put on Allison’s ‘A’ ring and pretended to be Allison. The real Allison was sent to the mental facility. The “fake” Allison became friends with the four other girls, the main characters mentioned in The Pretty Little Liars series.
So, their friend “Allison” was actually her crazy twin Courtney. And the “fake” Allison, Courtney is dead, because her sane sister Allison went insane and killed her sister Courtney who was pretending to be her. But apart from the slow investigation of Alison’s disappearance, is no security in Rosewood considering the cops do not even watch one of their suspects, Toby, closely. The police should have been notified after Toby tampered with his ankle bracelet. How is he able to go around town freely?
When a murder suspect has been arrested and there is sufficient evidence used to find matches and to link unsolved crimes in multiple jurisdictions. A temporary and limited interference with a person’s freedom for investigative purposes would have been made. For instance, Aria Montgomery is the “weird girl” of the group who moves back to Rosewood with her mother, father, and younger brother after an extended absence in Iceland following Alison’s disappearance. She has returned more mature and elegant. Prior to her first day back in high school, she goes to a bar and instantly strikes a conversation with a andsome guy. When she arrives to school the next day, she finds out the guy she made out with at the bar her English teacher, Ezra Fits and she embarks on a long-term relationship with him. How has Aria gone over to Ezra’s place a million times, but no one has ever seen her there? Rosewood is a small town, so somebody would have had to have seen her enter or leave his place. Another example is how she has not been caught by her parents; but their relationship is unrealistic and far from romantic in reality.
On the other hand, Emily is presented as an emotionally unstable neurotic who resorts to teasing sexually aimed at her boyfriend in effort to prove her heterosexuality to herself more. Throughout the season, however, she begins to admit her sexual identity as a lesbian and come out to her parents. Her father accepts her, but her mother rejects her. Emily’s sexuality is the only issue in the show that is handled with some respect and sensitivity. Her friends have all accepted her without weirdness; nevertheless she deals with a lot of negative attitudes from adults, students, and her parents.
Emily’s parent’s reaction to her coming out is very realistic for the average American gay teenager. They still love her, but are devastated by the news, because they are a typical traditional family. It is clear from the show there not bad people just parents struggling to figure out what to make of their daughter. This is far more realistic life for a teenager. Furthermore, Hanna Marin was an overweight girl who was extremely loyal to Alison, but was verbally abused and embarrassed by her. Her “friend” even made fun of her by calling her “Hefty Hanna”.
After Alison’s disappearance, she distances herself from the other girls. She becomes best friends with another unpopular outsider, Mona. They over go a makeover during the summer and become gorgeous, skinny and popular. Hanna left her chubby insecure self, for a new destructive lifestyle and takes Alison’s place as the most popular girl at Rosewood High School in her absence. The more forbidden it is the better, whether it is a pair of sunglasses, to the point of her chastity pledging boyfriend’s virginity.
Rosewood high’s “it” girl is an expert at creating a fake perfect life. Hanna crashed her boyfriend Sean’s car after she had been drinking and never got in trouble for it. In fact, the police were never involved in her accident. In real life she would not have gotten away with a DUI. Likewise, Spencer is a painfully thin, extremely wealthy, smart academic overachiever, and competitive girl. She is running for valedictorian, is on the field hockey team, and plays tennis at a country club. She lives with her father, mother, and “perfect” older sister, Melissa.
Spencer is jealous of Melissa for having everything she wanted, and they have a huge rivalry. Spencer had been best friends with Alison, although they sometimes had conflicts. She had been the only one who could ever stand up to Alison (which has shown her spunky attitude), and they had gotten into huge fights even though always made up. During the summer that she disappeared, Alison had told Spencer she had a secret boyfriend, but would not tell her who it was. Spencer has always been known for her logical thinking during this extremely enduring mystery.
However her character overall seems to be a voice of reason to the group. The classic overachiever balances school, a high-powered internship, charity work, the field hockey team and her popular status. She does all this without breaking a sweat. In reality a girl would not be able to have this entire load on her and be able to accomplish it all without stressing. Spencer’s perfect role model lifestyle is unrealistic to average American teenagers. Along with being accused of being accomplice in Allison’s murder, this perfect student has to deal with a lot.
Unfortunately, Pretty Little Liars is a show the media falsely portrays teen lives compared to real scenarios. Most of the media does not show people in a realistic way. Characters on TV are often shown with unrealistic “perfect” bodies. Women are shown as too thin and men are shown with larger muscles. Photographs in magazines or billboards are photo shopped on the computer to erase flaws and imperfections. Even if you know that what you see is not normal or not real, it can still impact you.