When TV Shows Depict Your Life
By Joanna, age 21, South Wales, United Kingdom
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
I'm not sure how many of our readers are familiar with these shows, but there are a few situations I've seen in them when I've thought, Why is she acting like that? What an evil, evil person she is. I can't understand her. In hindsight, after having faced a similar situation in my life, I can understand the character's actions.
Take Veronica and Logan in Veronica Mars, season three, for example. They are both so different that it's hard for either one to see the other's point of view. Veronica is a private investigator's daughter, who does some PI work herself, and the number of affairs and betrayals she has witnessed in her life makes her pathologically suspicious. Logan likes to take a much more chilled out approach to life than highly strung Veronica, but knowing both characters' histories it's easy to understand why each is the way they are. Logan blames himself for some of the events that have unfolded throughout his life and uses socialising and surfing as an escape. With no real direction he feels a bit lost but seems in no hurry to find his drive, perhaps because he is still internally dealing with numerous major life events. Veronica, on the other hand, has a definitive career path and zest for truth. She feels a need to know everything which leads to constant suspicion. She wants to expand her life experience at college and try new things, whereas Logan seems content to remain the same effortless guy he was back in school.
Despite Logan's best efforts and the fact that he has given Veronica no reason to distrust him, she still struggles as it's in her nature to be sceptical and assume the worst. Even after their relationship ends, Logan still proves he cares more than she ever realised, but by that point it seems to be too late, as both have started new relationships and the damage seems to be irreparable.
Unfortunately, the series ends on that note, and we never really find out if Veronica and Logan get back together. But the impression I am personally left with is that too much had happened between the couple for them to be easily fixed, although I always wonder if they could ever work. I know on a basic level they could not understand one another, which in turn presented too many problems.
It begs a very profound question. How far is too far to fix something? How much should someone have to change in a relationship for it to work? Change can be accepting something you never thought you'd accept, or changing an aspect of yourself as a sacrifice. But how far can any two people stretch to successfully stay together?