For research purposes, I have decided to do a few blog posts here and there about the decade in which I came of age and the decade in which my next WIP is going to take place. A decade that looks like paradise compared to the misery wreaked upon us since 2000. Y2K was real, except it wasn’t what we thought it would be.
So, I invite you to join me in the reminiscing, if indeed you can remember and relate to the gloriously…what…? cynical, languid, dark, dreamy, grungy, retro, heroin addled 90s.
I will start with a film that was meant to characterize generation X, which I think characterizes a group a little older than me. I was generation XY. I think. Who cares? Reality Bites (1994) was a film filled with angst, grunge, arty malaise, guilt ridden casual sex and, of course, cigarettes. I was 17 that year. I liked it and in some ways I aspired to be those characters. Yet, I also remember thinking it was lame. I guess because I was supposed to, being an angst ridden anti-establishment teenager of the day.
I remember thinking it was totally wrong of Wynona Ryder to even consider dating a stiff like Ben Stiller – their characters I mean. Who wouldn’t have, in the 90s, lusted after the sulky, selfish, grungy Ethan Hawke. We all knew he had a heart in that player costume of his. He was just damaged, like everyone else.