Has a show or movie ever ruined your perception of something?

I was watching show on Netflix yesterday and started laughing about some of the silly storylines that would likely never happen in a real life high school.

This led my mind down a path of my own high school experience and how it was nothing like I thought it was going to be, and I blame the TV shows and movies I grew up watching.

My first real memory of what high school might be like was Saved by the Bell. The cute outfits (especially Kelly Kaposki’s), the core group of friends, all the high school dances, and landing the cutest guy in school.

Then came along Clueless, the epitome of a 90’s teen movie. Every girl wanted to be Cher Horowitz. The clothes, the parties, the amount of free time in between classes, drinking coffee, and no curfew. 

Some other shows & movies I can think of that gave me a false perception of high school: 

  • Mean Girls
  • Jawbreaker
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • And any movie with Molly Ringwald

But high school was nothing like the movies portrayed. Instead, you definitely didn’t have the amount of time to BS in between classes as our five-minute bell would remind us. Nobody in high school used the hallways as their fashion runway. In fact, fashionable was a new outfit from Hollister or Abercrombie. The high school dance wasn’t what everyone in school was talking about. I definitely didn’t have a credit card to run wild with and I had to get my parents permission on almost everything.

As a child and preteen, I couldn’t wait for high school. But after experiencing it in REAL life, all I have to say is UGH. AS IF.

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