5 TV and movie character habits that would be awkward in real life
When you watch TV shows and movies as much as we do, you pick up on some weird behaviours that are often repeated by most of the characters and sometimes in multiple scenes. While we realise there are certain things producers need to do for dramatic purposes, it’s very hard not to notice how awkward it would be in the real world. If you were to do any of these five following things in real life, you would be judged by everyone.
1) Showing up in people’s homes unannounced
This first habit always makes us question the mentality of characters. Why would you go to someone’s home without calling or shooting a “see ya in a bit” text? Most of the time when they do show up it’s usually to apologise for a mistake they made in a previous scene or episode. A simple “I’m sorry I’m a terrible person” text or Facebook message would probably be more welcome than showing up uninvited.
2) Hanging up without saying goodbye
This habit is probably the most consistent one on TV shows and movies. It has been done so many times that it’s surprising when characters actually say goodbye while on the phone. It’s just plain rude to hangup on someone you are talking to in general – especially in stressful situations.
3) Leaving a conversation without saying goodbye
Speaking of odd behaviour that involves not saying goodbye, characters almost always leave a conversation without saying “see you later!” or offering a hug. This scenario becomes weird when a set of characters are having a serious conversation and there’s a pause then one of them just leaves. We guess the point of skipping the goodbyes is to indicate to the viewers that this exchange is implied, but we can’t help but feel a a sense of awkwardness whenever it happens.
4) Going to bed with makeup on
Which female characters go to bed with a full face of makeup you ask? Almost all of them. This behaviour is the most annoying because it’s the most unrealistic. Besides the fact that going to bed with makeup on is terrible for your skin (though they never suffer from skin complaints), it’s also the one that could be easily fixed. When a network had a character go to bed without makeup in ABC’s How To Get Way With Murder – Annalise Keating pulled off her wig, eyelashes and wiped her face, then went to bed – fans rejoiced because they could actually relate to the experience.
5) Turning their backs on another character while talking to them
Imagine this scene: Characters A and B are talking. All of the sudden Character A or B turns around and looks out the window or a wall instead of facing the other character like a normal human being. This last habit can be sort of forgiven because it works in the audiences’s favour. We want to see the character’s expressions when they are speaking. But in the real world, it wouldn’t really work because we want to make eye contact with the person you we are talking to. This might make for dramatic and intriguing television, but would never work in real life.