The Merwin Effect

With all of the hoopla surrounding the return of the hit series “The Game”… I’ve gotten a chance to sit back and think about just how much influence we have as consumers.

It’s rare, almost unheard of, for a show to be cancelled and then picked back up to produce new episodes on a new network. Fans petitioned and fought to bring their show back…and this time… they won.

What created this die-hard loyalty? The show’s writers and creators did an outstanding job of creating characters that were realistic and relatable. So relatable, in fact, that fans find themselves wishing they were in the character’s shoes. This fanaticism, while good for ratings could also be seen as a negative. I like to call this concept “The Merwin Effect”

If you don’t watch, the show’s storyline revolves around two main characters, Melanie and Derwin. Their up and down relationship culminated in a dramatic exchange of vows in a hospital chapel.

Throughout the series, there are plenty of examples of Melanie and Derwin’s oft dysfunctional relationship stretching beyond the realm of reality. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop many fans from comparing and modeling their real life relationships after that of a scripted sitcom couple.

The Merwin Effect, by my definition, is the ability to blindly look beyond the apparent dysfunction and destructive tendencies in a relationship, including new relationships that are probably better suited for them, in an effort to let their love live. In essence, its a more believable take on a fairytale, but it’s still not reality.

I’ve long believed that people on the outside of your relationships, be it friendship or romantic, will never understand them. (That is also one of the main reasons why you shouldn’t involve other parties in your business)

On paper, Derwin and Melanie both had better options for mates (Jerome and Janay, respectively) but in the end chose to make a comitment to each other for the rest of their lives. The question is, is this feasible in real life?

Most people, if placed in a similar situation would have chosen the “good on paper” option… a safer, better bet for life partnership. But at what cost? There will always be a thought of what could have been, or what might have been had a different decision been made. Love, sometimes, means making choices that no one understands but you…I guess.

What do you think. Do you choose what’s better on paper, or what’s really on your heart?

Don’t miss the Season 4 premiere of The Game, 10/9c on BET

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