How COVID is affecting TV, movie storylines (thefamuanonline.com)
Not only has COVID-19 changed the way we interact in our daily lives, it also has changed the entertainment we rely on for escape.
With the pandemic showing little sign of slowing down, TV and movies have in part shifted their focus onto something that has affected everyone worldwide. It has forced the dynamics of Hollywood to be possibly changed forever.
As we see a rise in COVID-19 plots throughout film and television, viewers are bound to have opinions surrounding America’s favorite past-time. Is this new change in media for better or worse?
Essential and health care workers have been slammed since the start of the virus, and for most people going home and being able to escape the troubles of reality has been a relief, especially for those who are reminded daily of the lives lost. For Lakirstan Hooks, a University of Mobile nursing major, the use of COVID-19 storylines seems a bit unrealistic at times but also can shine the light on some real-life irregularities or misconceptions about the virus.
“I don’t want to be reminded of it every day more than I have to and being in the health care field I feel like I get a triple dose of overwhelming emotion. I would rather have a show that disconnects me from this horrible time we’re going through, but I also understand how it would benefit people who watch who don’t believe in the seriousness of the virus. It’s cool to see sometimes on screen even when it can be a tad unrealistic, but if people get to see a ‘better’ view of the madness maybe it’ll caution viewers to get on board with public heath safety,” Hooks said.
By: Deiana Abdel-Gadir