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Stranger than Fiction, Reality and TV

Is your life a tragedy or a comedy?

What sort will your life be if it is a TV show or a movie? sitcom-like comedy, a dramatic TV series, tragic soap opera, suspense thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, horror?

My life is so blessed to be a tragedy! (Not that I’m complaining.) So far, it’s definitely a happy comedy.

I don’t think we have that kind of interesting extra-ordinary lives that anybody would consider watching on TV. But should we be on TV, considering my passive non-confrontational sensitive personality, my struggles with my hyperactive almost-3-years-old toddler, and a fishing loving hubby, who has one-of-a-kind personality and a very interesting job. Our lives as a TV show will probably have a lot of ordinaryness and a few moments of comedy more than anything else.

These question are inspired by the movie ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and reality TV show ‘Jon&Kate plus 8’.

Movie, Stranger than Fiction

Movie, Stranger than Fiction

In the movie ‘Stranger than Fiction‘, Will Ferrel plays Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent who lives his life so systematically. His life took a turn when suddenly he started hearing a woman’s voice narrating his life. He sought the help of Jules Hilbert played by Dustin Hoffman, who asked the question about his life, whether his life is a tragedy or a comedy. Since that question, he made a tally about events in his life to evaluate if his life is – comedy or tragedy.

It is actually a good movie. It’s NOT a laugh-out-loud comedy, but it was made better by the love story between this IRS agent and a baker who wouldn’t pay taxes. What a funny combination! And of course there’s the successful novelist who had writer’s block narrating Crick’s life and struggling how to kill Crick’s character in her novel. The movie has a great concept and it’s very well written.

About ‘Jon&Kate Plus 8‘, well what can I say. Their lives including the 8 kids’ are all over the news. Obviously, they have interesting life having 8 kids total to have a reality TV show. I guess their show has turned dramatic to possibly tragic. I do not actually follow this show. I don’t watch reality TV shows (except for American Idol only because I consider AI a singing talent show more than a reality TV show). But with the very few glimpse I had of Jon&Kate from their show while channel surfing, there’s always Kate whining and Jon casting a big sigh, surrounded by 8 busy kids. Did I ever suspect then that they are going to divorce? I had no clue!

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20 Comments to 'Stranger than Fiction, Reality and TV'

  • June 25, 2009

    Hmmm, I don’t know, it’s not over yet :) I think it is pretty good, but it has had it’s difficult times. I’m now pondering because I can’t remember the exact definitions of what makes a tragedy and what makes a comedy.

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  • June 25, 2009

    My life is comedy but I think it would bore most people to death if they had to watch it!

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  • June 25, 2009

    I think at different times in my life it has changed. It was a horror movie for a while, then became a DRAMA, then a love story and now well A bit of a Comedy. LOL. thanks great ?

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  • June 25, 2009

    Some days, it is a pure horror show..”Will Mama lose it today? Stay tuned to find out after these words from our sponsors”. Most days it is a comedy. My girls usually have me cracking up most of the time.

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  • June 25, 2009

    I would like to think my life would be a dramatic comedy. I have 4 girls so when they aren’t winning the award for most dramatic scene they are crackin me up. :)

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  • June 25, 2009

    Mostly comedy sitcom with a touch of drama.

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  • June 26, 2009

    I swear sometimes my life really plays out like something out of a comedy movie. My husband has horrible luck, and the stupidest things will happen. Unfortunate for us, but if it was really a movie, people would surely be laughing.

    My Aloha Friday :)

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  • June 26, 2009

    A little bit of both over the years

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  • June 26, 2009

    Mostly a comedy with errors tossed in from time to time.

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  • June 26, 2009

    Mainly a comedy sleeper! *L*

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  • June 26, 2009

    Def a comedy. Some times though it can be a bit of a horror!

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  • June 26, 2009

    I have several teenagers…my life is so the DRAMA!

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  • June 26, 2009

    A comedy of errors. Life is not what I expected, I am blessed with three healthy children, now if only I could be healthy!

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  • June 26, 2009

    Mine would be a comedy mixed in with a little tragic drama. Most situation (even the tragic ones) can be laughed about. And usually, I’d rather be laughing than crying.

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  • June 26, 2009

    I’d have to say a comedy. If you can’t laugh then life is miserable.

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  • June 26, 2009

    LOL ~ Like everyone I suspect, it would be a combination of comedy, romance, and drama!!

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  • June 26, 2009

    Well, my life is certainly a roller coaster ride. That’s for sure! It’s had quite a bit of trauma but day in, day out, it’s a comedy!

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  • June 27, 2009

    lol hmm probably drama, chaos, and comedy lol

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  • June 27, 2009

    My life would make a boring television show. :-)

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  • July 1, 2009

    i never watched a full episode of the 8 but I noticed that Kate whined and nagged and John sighed

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