One of the things that annoys me the most about the overly romanticized 20-something stories is that they all take place in New York. Like, are the directors and writers and producers of these stories aware that there are OTHER CITIES IN THE US? With, you know, 20 somethings? Like, I understand that New York is THE MOST romanticized city in the US but if you’re going to continue making these stories interesting you need to set them. somewhere. else.
I mean, give me stories about 20 something queer kids in Atlanata navigating the gay capital of the south.
Give me stories about northerners stumbling into Austin and getting involved in their exploding arts scene while having to adjust to southern culture.
Give me stories about young people starting breweries in Ashville and dealing with a place that has an insane amount of BOTH conservatives and liberals.
Give me stories about young idealist indie rockers trying to make it in Seattle and Denver because they grew up with places like New York and LA and CAN’T STAND HOW HUGE AND ARROGANT THEY ARE so they try and find something with a different pace.
Give me stories about kids in Chicago trying to make a name for themselves playing jazz and doing improv and writing slam poems because they know they’re running around the birthplace of some of America’s most iconic art forms.
I mean, part of why I’m so fiercely proud of Baltimore is because I feel as though we’re a very overlooked city. And if you’re going to keep romanticizing/playing off of the lives of twenty-somethings PLEASE do it somewhere other than New York. American cities are so interesting and I would love to see others focused on a fraction as much as New York is.