Sunday, April 11, 2010

Army Wives

Alright people. I joked about having to write a blog about the show Army wives this afternoon, but I didn't really think I would have to do it. I assumed we all understood that it was just a show, not some docu-drama of "real life" Army wives.

The show is so far fetched, one would have to be a serious noob or incredibly removed from reality to think any of that show is plausible. Do you hang out with your post commander's wife? Do you have a son that beats you? Do you have a wife that works in a bar that someone died in?

Come on folks. We don't watch the show because it's giving us life lessons on how to be proper Army wives. We don't watch it because we want insides to the real world of all the other Army wives out there. We watch it because we like the characters. We like the stories. We like the connections made. We like the suspense.

Do you watch How I Met Your Mother because it relates to your life? Do you watch Two and a Half Men because your brother and his obnoxious son live with you? Do you watch Glee because you periodically break into song in your day to day life? Do you watch The Office because your boss is just like Steve Carell? Do you watch the plethora of noon soap operas because your baby daddy came back from the grave twice? Of course not. You watch these things because they entertain you.

Everyone knows that Army Wives is fiction, yes even non-military folks. The only similarities to MY life is that a few of the main characters occasionally wear digital camo. It's a show people. Like it, don't like it. I don't care. But don't read more into it than it deserves. Any real Army wife (or husband) knows they could produce a far more realistic, and probably more entertaining, soap opera with just the experiences they have had.

***getting off of the soap box now***


*Jenn* said...

Very well said! I dont like to watch Army Wives because I dont want to get the wrong mindset for beginning to live the Army life. Im not saying its a bad show or anything, I just dont want to have mny expectations going into this. I would rather go in not knowing much than thinking Army life is like it is on the show. ;)

Rachel said...

I agree! lol. And sometimes I've felt that the show "romanticizes" our lives too! I jokingly put a status on FB yesterday saying "Making mini chocolate pudding pies, Army Wives Season 4 starts tonight...I don't know why I watch it, I "live" it everyday..well minus the irrational totally far fetched drama. lol"

Lindsey said...

Hi there,

I just found your blog and am enjoying reading. I loved your post about the surreal life we live. It is so true. The guilt is there no matter how much we tell ourselves to stop. Anyway, I'm following you now. Can't wait to read more.

MommyTaco said...

I literally laughed out loud at the soap opera baby daddy coming back from the grave twice part! I watch the show because I got curious and then sucked in by the FICTIONAL drama, same as how I got sucked into the Twilight (book) series. If anything, it's entertaining enough to yell at the television when something is done in a complete unrealistic way on the show! Everything about the show is fictional, including the fictional Fort Marshall Army post. And I LOVE IT!!!! Sometimes I find myself daydreaming that we were PCS'd to Fort Marshall and I became bff with the gals.

Jeannette said...

Okay, I have to tell you about the time my husband stormed out of the room... do y'all remember when Trevor didn't check all the weapons and one went off? Then his extra duty was driving around Joan? OMG! DH was so pissed off! I was yelling behind him... "It's a show honey" He won't be in the same room anymore lol.

Sara said...

That is too funny Jeannette!!

Anonymous said...

I got into Army Wives last season. Love it. But like you said, I don't believe it is real and it definitely doesn't reflect my (Navy) life! LOL