I’ve been watching Pretty Little Liars and Friday Night Lights lately. Both shows focus on kids in high school. While they may not have anything other than that in common, they fit together for this post. The reason I bring this up is because on PLL Aria has a crush/pedolationship with her English teacher. I don’t see the appeal of Ezra Fitz at all but that may be due to some fundamental issues. On Friday Night Lights I just saw Julie crushing on her new young English teacher as well and it struck me, what is so special about English teachers?
The only thing those two teachers had in common was their profession and the fact that they are pretty young
and fictional characters from TV. At first I wanted to dismiss this, it must be a pop culture thing, I don’t know. I never had a crush on any teacher, mostly because they were usually old and boring but then I remembered the beautiful and young English teacher that accompanied my class on our senior sailing trip. She was not my English teacher but friends of mine took her class and she was most definitely swoon-worthy. She even had her own stalker (maybe that’s a bit strong of a word choice for the situation) from our year. And I was also self-closteted.
This brings me back to my original question, what is it with young English teachers that apparently makes them so much more interesting than other teachers? Is this a thing or was it just a coincidence that I also had a crush (I may not have called it that at the time for various reasons but that’s what it was) on one of that species?
Is it their love for words and works of fiction? Is it because they seem to be more artsy than, say, a math teacher?
I have no explanation for this. It could all be a coincidence that these two characters and my real life just happened to arrange themselves like this. My school didn’t have a lot of young teachers at the time. We had a young PE teacher for a year and I think some of my classmates took quite an interest in him while I just pretended to. Other than that though I can’t even think of any other young teachers. As for TV land, this is hardly a representative cross examination, it’s just two shows out of hundreds, maybe there are more examples for or against this trend. Have you came across something like this?