Crying affects all of our lives. Whether its around you, or it’s your own self…you can’t ignore the cry. Sure, you can repress it. Sure, you can fake it, but most of the time..you can’t control it. Unless of course you are an actor, and more importantly, an actor in a teen TV show. In that case, you are a pro.
I don’t think anyone cries more than the characters in teen TV soaps/dramas. Whether their lives are actually dramatic (Beverly Hills, 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) or they just teen-perspective dramatic (My So-Called Life)…there’s always the drama…and with the drama, come the tears. Teens are in transitions with everything, and crying certainly is one of them. They are no longer ‘children’ that are somewhat oblivious to crying etiquette, and not quite adults who are aware of the social role of crying, and have that structure embedded in their systems.
There is a freedom in crying as a teen. You know more about what is worth crying about. You also know more about how crying affects other people, you know how to work it, and you have the freedom to get away with not caring when its ‘inappropriate’. You are still, ‘just a kid’, but you have those pesky ‘adult’ (seeming) problems. You are totally free to cry over being stood up on a date like half your family was murdered. That’s power. Teen crying is epic, so no wonder TV producers love it so damn much.
Ode to awesome teen tv crying take 1 : Beverly Hills 90210