Book crack is a well-established theme here at Heroes and Heartbreakers. We’ve talked about what makes a book cracktastic—as in OMG I can’t put it down, but I probably should. Those books that aren’t perfect, that are highly campy, the ones that have crazy plots and even more outlandish characters, and the ones we devour at maddening paces.
Turns out this doesn’t apply just to books. Oh, no! There’s a reason we include a “WTFery” category in our True Blood recaps.
I thought it was a one-time thing, but recently a friend warned me not to watch the MTV show Teen Wolf. As I’m out of the demographic for MTV, I thought it was odd she was warning me away. Turns out, she knew I’d be addicted. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, and one rainy afternoon, I decided to try an episode. A harmless curiousity would be sated, right?
Teen Wolf may be the most cracktastic TV show I’ve ever watched. The guys are shirtless every episode. Now, at first I worried this wouldn’t work for me. They’re young, after all. Oh, but there are dads and an adult werewolf named Derek, who mentors main character Scott on and off.
There are entire episodes when Derek doesn’t wear a shirt. I shouldn’t make this a selling point. It’s prurient. I know this, but I have never been so happy for gratuitous shirtlessness as I have been seeing actor Tyler Hoechlin. I’m not saying it tops Alexander Skarsgard booty, but it’s damn fine. Plus, the romance subplot with Scott and werewolf hunter Allison is hot-and-heavy and angst-ridden. Makeout scenes help here.
The plot moves fast on Teen Wolf, and that’s essential to a crack TV show. If we had too much time to think about the hows and the whys we’d probably stop watching.
The Vampire Diaries exemplifies this breakneck pacing. In just a few episodes vampires become human, humans become vampires, the number of doppelgangers doubles, people die, there are 800 dances so people can dress up all pretty for no real reason, and so much relationship switches your head spins.
By doing so, TVD is able to tease everyone. If you 'ship Damon and Elena, you get them kissing and fighting and working to be together against “fate.” If you’re an Elena and Stefan shipper, you get the chance to see him want to win her over again, you get her tied to him, and you get to feel his anger when she’s still siding with Damon right now. Who knows, though? Nothing is sacred on that show. You have to keep watching because it can call change in five minutes.
While all my crack TV shows happen to feature supernatural elements, which lend themselves to the absurd storylines, are there contemporary shows that do the same?
Which crack TV shows can you just not quit? Have you binge-watched any crack show, and would you recommend it?
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.