I was watching Pretty Little Liars tonight and well…it kind of upset me. For those who don’t watch it (probably all of my readers), a pretty teenager (Alison) went missing in season 1 and was found dead before the 2nd episode. Recently her friends found out that she was actually alive. The truth about what happened to her is complicated…a stalker or series of stalkers was/were sending her death threats and keeping her on the run. When everyone finds out she’s alive, Alison comes up with a lie and says that she was kidnapped.
You know, I almost wish that she was kidnapped. You don’t see cute, interesting, normal female characters on TV have things like that happen to them. Occasionally someone gets raped on TV but it tends to be therapy and then back to normal in a couple episodes. Kidnapping, though, being taken out of your home and kept somewhere and in particular having your family cover for it…that’s something different altogether. You dread it. You dread leaving your door unlocked or your BEDROOM door unlocked even, and you dread every sound you hear in the house. Every time your neighbor plays loud music or somebody’s talking outside you think “shit what if it’s them?” TV doesn’t deal with that. Characters are either raped once by total strangers or they’re abused by boyfriends they can easily break up with and get away from. There are almost never characters who are betrayed by their families and taken off places to be hurt. Familial betrayal that can’t be fixed with an “I’m sorry” really isn’t discussed AT ALL. I hate it.
I’d like Ali more if they would just have that be it. With all the blackmail and shit, why not?