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So, basically, they are making their own shows with the Internet as their outlet rather than mainstream television. I’m going to watch some of the shows and let you guys know what I think.
I think 2/8 Life is supposed to be a spoof on Quarterlife, but it’s sort of hard to call it a spoof because it doesn’t really make fun of Quarterlife at all. It’s the same premise with every character, just using different actors. 2/8 Life has 4 episodes to Quarterlife’s 1. So, I wonder how 2/8 Life new every plot and story? Hollywood’s crazy!
So, basically, the lead characters of each show have started their own video blogs about their lives, but mostly about their friends. They call themselves “honest” and creative writers who have to share anything that inspires them. This includes videoing some pretty hurtful scenarios when friends aren’t looking or using the blog as a sort of journal for every opinion they have ever had regarding them.
While I enjoy these shows, I feel like they are somewhat unrealistic. Generally, people keep opinions (especially those that might cause others pain) to themselves. And if they were shared online, I’m sure it would take longer than one night to get over. Furthermore, the blogger would probably be expected to stop sharing personal info for all of the WWW to see.
I like the shows because they’re not setup like your typical sitcom. There’s no laughing audience and the camera work is sometimes purposefully shaky; sort of like The Office. Of the two shows, I like the lead character of 2/8 Life more. She’s more quirky and easier to relate to. In the first episode of Quarterlife, the lead basically gets walked on at work and doesn’t really stick up for herself at all (except for her half-ass attempts at talking to a higher-up or at a group meeting). The attitude the show is trying to give her is more timid/afraid/reserved than quirky/green/sweet.
So, while I like the shows, I still think if it was real life, neither of them would have friends for long; no matter how quirky or cute they might be.