Monday, October 11, 2010

On makeovers (home edition)

If I had a Twitter acount, today’s tweet would have been: ”Why do home makeover shows always make me cry?”

Since I don’t have a Twitter account, however, I can also add that it used to only be Extreme Makeover, Home Edition”, that made me cry, and it used to be because of all the sad stories getting (seemingly) happy endings.

But no more.

Now I get weepy-eyed for everything that contains a paintbrush. It doesn’t matter if it is a surprise makeover, a 60 minute-makeover, a “how to get more money for your house when you are about to sell”-makeover, or even one of those “your house is now so cluttery that you need professional help to sort through it and because you or a loved one has finally sought it with the help of a television show, we will reward you with new furniture and wallpaper”-makeover.

There really are a lot of home makeover shows out there, and one might wonder if perhaps there are too many. The real question, however, is why in the world I watch them all when they only make me cry. It’s not like I have a house I can makeover… 

20 comments:

M.J. Nicholls said...

What about your secret Twitter account? Was that seized by the Twitpolice?

Makeover shows: Ick. If I'm honest, though, as a matter of fact, as it happens, etc, I'd prefer someone discoursing on fushcia drapes over the reality-tv braindrain stuff. If I had a TV, which I dinnae.

Hart Johnson said...

*waves paintbrush to see if makeover blog comments can arouse same emotional response*

Nup. I guess you need the visual... These home makeover things CAN do that for me, but others, like 'This Old House' really don't... I suppose it's because those people are just fix-it up sorts and there is no desperate REASON behind replacing the fuscia draperies.

Jules said...

I just cannot bring myself to watch these anymore, they use to be entertaining now they are just boring. Remember I was in architecture :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Amie B said...

i just wish someone would pay off my mortgage for me....

Cruella Collett said...

Mark - my secret Twitter account still exists (apparently, as I just googled it and had a good laugh at my young, foolish self thinking I was clever). After all this time, however (I do believe several months have passed, and I've become old and wise), it turns out I have also gained dementia, because I no longer remembers my password. So my secret Twitter account is now also a secret to me.

And yes. They are rubbish. As is most everything else that is on TV. Which is why I watch it so much. Anything that can prevent me from gaining a higher understanding through all this educajun is terrific. Even if I have to put up with the fuchsia.

Tami - Oh, I don't know - I did feel the tears pressing for a moment there... I've never seen This Old House, though there is an old house that I can see from my bedroom window that currently is in the process of being redecorated, violently so. Perhaps this is what triggers the emotions (you're probably right, though, these shows tend to have an abundance of orphans and fire victims and such).

Cruella Collett said...

Jules - I can imagine having professional experience in the field would limit the interest, yes. I frequently think the designs look less-than-awesome during the production, but then they always fix it with lots of soft light and happy music at the end. I suppose you'd get really tired of the music if that was the prerequisite to liking your new home, though...

Amie - that's a good point. That used to be one thing I wondered about with these shows - they make a poor family a HUGE new home, but what about the costs of keeping such a house? In that respect the Extreme Makeover crew got it right by paying off mortgages and such.

(Personally, I just wish someone would give me a mortgage. And an apartment I could buy using the loan, of course)

Cold As Heaven said...

We're living in a 100 year old house, which has become my never-ending hobby project. But I hope I'm doing a better job than what you see in these makeover shows

Pat Tillett said...

I got over these shows when Extreme Makeover, Home Edition, did a house in my old neighborhood. It was a DISASTER of the first order. It totally disrupted the lifes of everyone within a quarter square-mile area.

nonamedufus said...

So you're saying his name should be Cry Pennington?

LTM said...

lol @you~ :D

I cry at human makeover shows, but it's typically for the same reason. There are some commercials that make me cry... does that count?

You ole softie. ;p <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You must be a sucker for the sap!

Hannah Kincade said...

I do the same. There are certain shows, movies, books, what have you that make me cry but do I stop? Nope.

HulaBuns said...

Thanks for telling your friend about the llama blog. Glad she enjoyed it! :)

I am soo with you on this one. Not only do I cry watching home makeover shows now a days, it's not uncommon for commercials or the news to result in my shedding a tear (clearly my hormones must be out of wack). You are not alone my friend! :)

Cruella Collett said...

CAH - let's hope so, though you probably have more time than what they have too. Good luck! (Some day I am buying an old house and renovating it too)

Pat - see, that is what makes me skeptical (though my skepticism is not corresponding with my tear canals); there is bound to be lots of stuff happening that isn't shown on screen. Real life doesn't have "happily ever after" without shades of grey...

Noname - ha! Good one! Though in his case it might be as appropriate with the alternative meaning of "cry" - the man yells a lot!

Leigh - softie yourself ;) And yes, commercials count!

Alex - that's me!

Hannah - yeah, there is such a thing as "good cry", isn't there. I suppose it's a good pain of sorts :)

Hula - no problem, I knew she'd like it :) And good to know I'm not alone. The news can definitely be a tear-jerker.

Belle said...

I love all makeover shows, whether it's houses or people - I think it's the Cinderella aspect that gets me, finding that hidden beauty.

Deb and Barbara said...

(thanks for the laugh) The whole thing sounds Pavlovian to me!
B

Mz M said...

Making my home over is definitely making me cry. (But I suspect for different reasons.)

Cruella Collett said...

Belle - I do like the Cinderella aspect too, I just can't help it. I prefer home makeovers to personal ones, though, because some of the personal ones are slightly mean (some are not - I like that one with the guy trying to make women feel great about their own body, for instance). At least in home makeovers they only criticize your taste, while in the others some of the participants seem genuinely hurt (and it often makes me cringe to see how low self-esteem certain people have).

B - tee hee, it probably is. I'm just another variety of the drooling dog ;)

Mz M - I think that would make me cry too - at least if it's a large project. Nothing is quite as tiring as living in a construction site. Good luck!

Sandra said...

It shouldn't be about the sob story anyway. I just want to see a kitchen going in, I don't need the hysterics with it...plus I hate crying, it makes my face all blotchy.

K A B L O O E Y said...

I really want to do an experiment to see where your tipping point is. Extreme Home Makeover -- torrential sobs. Curb Appeal? Come on, you cry at Curb Appeal?
What about Home Improvement reruns with Jonathan Taylor Thomas? (Where is that kid these days?)

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