You might be wondering why anyone would think the movie Reality Bites has anything to do with reality TV, but the correlation is there since the movie took on Gen X and showed at least a slice of that what it was like to be a youngster who just found his way in that moment. Entertainment Weekly’s Justine Browning tied the knot pretty well since despite every generation being made up of a bunch of different types of people, there are times when one prominent guy really seems to set the tone for the rest of the group. . It’s not entirely fair to rank anyone and say it was like that for every person, but those who figure as the most prominent examples of a generation are generally going to be used as a representation of what is generation.
Jeremy Fuster from The Wrap commented that Reality Bites could have been almost very different since Ethan Hawke nearly passed on the film when he had the chance. When you think about it, it could have made the movie very different since it would have involved another actor and maybe someone who couldn’t have played the same character in such a perfect way. Plus, the effect it might have had on the reality TV that some think the movie did anyway might have been vastly different, not to mention disastrous in some way. When you watch the movie and then the rise of reality TV, you can see the correlation largely because this generation was looking to find themselves in such a big way that they needed icons to look up to and emulate. one way or another in order to really create an identity. Some people might want to deny it, but that might be why those growing up around this time seemed lost, confused, and out of touch with what had happened before. There are always bound to be various ideals and fashions that come and go with each generation, that’s as normal as anything that happens with each new age group that comes into its own.
But Reality Bites and reality TV was definitely a trend that hit young people who were in college, about to go to college, or just out of college. It was a new way of looking at life and a new way of living that gripped the generation and didn’t seem to want to let go. Although Reality Bites didn’t seem to really promote reality TV, it certainly had the same feel and look as a lot of the shows that would eventually see the light of day. Does anyone remember the first season of The Real World these days? There have been so many different reality shows that a lot of the first ones were sort of left in the past and never revisited unless we needed some sort of reference for when the reality craze reality has really begun. In all honesty, reality TV was already up and running by the time Reality Bites hit theaters, but somehow the movie and the way it felt made it more real, more poignant and much more visible and difficult to avoid. .It seemed to be the signal that things were changing and people were going to have to face it and ride the wave of reality as far as they could go.
Of course now that we look around some of us think we should have retired and found a different set at some point because the reality TV phenomenon has really taken on a life of its own and it can sometimes get a little ugly. In fact, at this point, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s scripted, because so much of it is last and the “real” part is kind of there and disappears in seconds. The truth is, you can find this in the movie as well as the reality shows. Real life is pretty boring most of the time, it doesn’t move at the same pace that movies and TV demand, and so it’s not as perfect for filming. Who in the world wants to watch a movie or TV show that will feature absolutely nothing for hours on end? This is why the scripts have to come in and the fabricated drama becomes more popular than the “reality” which is meant to be pushed.
In the early 90s, reality had what some might call an upgrade and others might call the beginning of the end. Whatever you call it, the trend has changed things for good, it seems.