Reblogged from chronicillnessproblems
In 2008, it was all about vampires. In 2011, it was dystopian societies with corrupt governments. And now, 2014 seems to be the year of teenagers with fatal diseases.
As far as Hollywood obsessions go, the first two are pretty benign. In real life, there are no supernatural creatures roaming the streets at night thirsting for human blood, no game shows forcing adolescents to fight to the death. Romanticizing those subjects isn’t that worrisome. A vampire is never going to write “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer to tell her: “I’m not being portrayed properly, and now everyone thinks I sparkle.”
But teenagers with illnesses do exist. I am one of them, and it hurts to see movies and television glamorize our suffering.
Everything about this article is so accurate and important!
I wanted Red Band Society to be good I really did, but after watching it I realized it was another romanticized version of illness. They never even once show a patient hooked up to an IV, something that is unavoidable in a hospital. They show the hospital as a fun and happy place, something it just isn’t. The whole show just made me angry.
^^ yess. In real hospitals, even if you’re really ill, most of the time they send you home if you don’t need to be hooked up to IVs or whatnot because if you don’t need that constant supply of drugs in a way you can’t get them at home, they’re not going to keep you there.
Red Band Society seems to think there are like, 5 star hospitals like 5 star hotels. You can check in if you’re sick and get this nice place to stay and people to meet and cool amenities.
In real hospitals “five star” means your meds come on time and the nurses respond to the call button… not that you get comfy furniture and hang out spots or any sort of privacy or freedom or even time to meet other patients at all in any way.