Monday, November 7, 2011

Keeping It Real

Nothing gets me more annoyed than overly precocious tween characters in books, movies, and TV shows.  Do you know the kind that I'm talking about?  The kind that are ten years old but behave like jaded 40 year olds, who always seem way wiser and smarter than their clueless parents.  Others may find them cute and endearing but it rarely works for me.

Craig and I went to a matinee on Friday and watched the gorgeous and hunkalishish Hugh Jackman in Real SteelSide note: Craig wanted to see the robots and special effects; I went for, well, Hugh.  ;-) Let's just say it was a win-win.  Cute movie to be sure, and while I understand that it was rated PG, by the end of the movie my teeth hurt from the overwhelming cuteness of the little boy in the movie.  He just didn't feel authentic and real to me.  The robots, on the other hand, totally rocked.   Contrast that to Crazy, Stupid, Love which we rented Saturday night.  Also a cute movie.  Also had a 13-year old kid in it but I found him more endearing and authentic, for some reason.  "I love you, Jessica Riley!"  (This will only make sense if you've seen it.)  I thought he was the best part of the movie.

What kind of character annoys you to the point that you close a book, stop watching a TV show, or walk out of a movie?

22 comments:

Karen Walker said...

I loved that kid in Crazy, Stupid, Love, too. He was the best thing about the movie. I agree with you everything you said here about characterizations of young children.
Karen

DEZMOND said...

I was actually that kind of overly wise and mature kid as a child, so I like them a lot, both as a person and as a psychologist, and I think they should be present in films and books because they are the best role models to young people, especially in today's horrid world in which YA books are promoting aggression and violence as answer to everything among teens. I'm the biggest fighter against that.

Joanne said...

I've recently seen children characters in books recently, and their voice is far too old and wise for their age. The story loses me there.

Angelina Rain said...

I too dislike the super mature kids in fiction. That's why I stopped reading books by Iris Johansen. All hers kids were very adultish and that got really boring after like 5 or so books.

I also hate overly cheesy and romantic men in romance novels. I want a strong hero. If the hero starts to cry because he doesn't want to loose the heroine, I'm done. A real hero would fight for her instead of shed tears. Yuck!

KarenG said...

I'm with you on the precocious, smarter than the stupid adult kid. It's a tiresome cliche. Now I want to see Crazy Stupid Love, haven't seen that one yet.

Mel Fowler said...

I hate to say it, but the book Eragon became that way for me. It just became to predictable and he just became annoying...

Heather said...

I guess the too-smart-for-their-own-good kid is enjoyable to me, if that behavior is explainable. If a child has been exposed to a life that makes even grown-up cringe; than their wise-beyond-their-years maturity is understandable. I think the last time I actually stopped watching something because I couldn't stand the characters it was that stupid Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie show...they are disgusting.

Tracy Jo said...

I loved Crazy, Stupid, Love and that kid. That movie was done surprisingly well! I don't like comedians in movies that are over the top...like Jim Carey.

P.S. Yummy Hugh!

raelynbarclay said...

I can't think of a movie I've walked out of, of course I can't remember the last time I actually went to a movie. I usually stop watching TV shows due to time not character or story so again can't think of one, LOL.

With books the characters (no matter the age) have to have flaws. I don't mind a mature child as long as they occasionally act their age, or better yet younger than their age, and refuse to do things as every normal child on the planet does now or then. I'm with Angelina, I don't want a hero who cries. I don't mind him getting emotional but flat out crying...no thank you.

I'll have to check out the movies, probably when Netflix streams them :)

Michael Offutt said...

I loved Real Steel so much that I bought two tickets so that my boss could take his son and go see it.

Tara Tyler said...

i hate that too
thanks for preparing me, taking the boys this wknd..

Nicki Elson said...

Girls who think they're just average and nothing special, yet every guy they meet is in love with them and everything they do is just perfect. Obonoxiously cute kids are a big turn-off too.

I'm glad to hear that robot movie was good though - from the previews it looked like it could go either way, but I was hoping for the "good" way.

Cold As Heaven said...

In mathematics, I love complex numbers (with a real and an imaginary part). But when it comes to literature, I prefer to keep it real >:)

Cold As Heaven

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They tend to annoy me as well. That's why I thought "Super 8" was the best movie of the year - those kids felt real. I'll still watch Real Steel for the action. My wife will probably watch for the Jackman.

LD Masterson said...

Rats! I haven't seen either of these and I've heard they're both excellent. I have GOT to make time to go to the movies.

Trisha said...

I get REALLY annoyed by chicks who go crazy and throw their dignity out the window all for a man. And then the man proposes anyway. URGH. Why do guys want psycho chicks, that's what I want to know!

Also, I can't stand it when characters withhold information for stupid reasons and it ends up getting them in serious trouble and hurting other people. Just 'FESS UP ALREADY.

Eve.E said...

Hey there,
I am just passing through from Alex's blog hop, and I am still working my way around all the blogs on the list. So I thought I would say a quick "hello" and I will stop by when I can. Great blog!!
Eve :)

Deniz Bevan said...

It's true! And, looking back, it's one reason the original 90210 was so ridiculous - mid-20s actors pretending to be c. 17 and getting up to all that they did? Who even thought it was plausible?

Talli Roland said...

Hmm. I have a pretty high tolerance for characters, but I will say generally any character played by Keanu Reeves and Nicholas Cage will annoy me! :) Oh wait, that might be the actors...

Romance Reader said...

Now I want to see the Crazy, Stupid, Love after your post and all these comments!

LTM said...

omg, I just saw Crazy, Stupid, Love, and that kid was hilarious. That was actually a really great film.

Overly precocious kids don't bother me too much. If they're really obnoxious they will, but I'm pretty laid back when it comes to kids.... :D

Danette said...

Smart-ass kids are annoying but I'm with Trish- I get tired of movies where the women have nothing better to do than obsess over the man in their life. I haven't watched a so-called Chick Flick in ages because the women are generally shallow and dumb but I would walk out if (if I could) I had been a unwitting audience to one of those movies.