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We all become a victim of laziness a couple of days a week. Sometimes life just drains you so much that you need a few recovery days stationed on the couch in front of a tv. It’s a comfort thing, right? Television, film, and media aren’t the worst things to do while taking a break from life’s constant obstacles. If you find yourself feeling bad that you only watched movies and shows all day, don’t, and I’ll tell you why.

In 1895, film was introduced, capturing the world’s attention. It was the first time people could see moving photos. Those photos transformed into a type of storying telling for entertainment. Film entertainment considerably affected audiences; It was something to look forward to and a new educational media.

Films always contain a few specific things, a storyline, characters, problems, and solutions. Most importantly, there is always a theme and moral in a film. Movies have these aspects because they will create an entertaining story. Not only entertaining but educational. People can learn a lot from watching movies. I am not talking about learning how to take after a bad guy. I am talking about learning from their mistakes, the resolutions, the planning to solve problems, and the themes. There is a lot to take in from all the aspects of films.

Movies’ storylines are based on life themes like love, survival, values, society, good vs. evil, and more. An audience will choose a movie based on the genre they like. Each type of genre will have lessons regarding the topics listed above. Have you ever watched a Disney production? Even though movies can hurt, they still make you feel something. There are always lows in movies, and that’s the only place to start to get back to the top. 

Films and shows give their audience motivation. After watching an action movie, don’t you feel like you want to take on the world too? Or a powerful drama, don’t you feel like you want to stand up for yourself too? That’s the effect of watching and taking in these storylines. They are good for seeing these experiences so you can learn how to deal with similar events when the time comes. 

Inspirational Movie Quotes

“Do, or do not. There is no “try.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”- Heath Ledger, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

“Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away.”- Alex Hitchens, Hitch (2005)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986)

“Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.”- Martin Luther King Jr., Selma (2014)

If you ever find yourself lying around feeling bad because all you did was watch tv and movies all day, don’t feel bad. While you were being lazy, you also learned a few lessons from the entertainment. And sometimes, those lessons will stick with you for life.

Alexis Duffy is the President and Senior Editor at the Her Campus at Tampa chapter. She writes and edits articles as well as managing the chapter at Tampa. Her articles cover entertainment and lifestyle topics focusing on films and traveling. Outside of Her Campus, Alexis is a senior at the University of Tampa, double majoring in Communication, Media & Culture, and Advertising & Public Relations. She is currently an part time employee at the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network, where she works on media projects and shadows in the tv studios helping with production. Alexis enjoys art, adventures, film, and traveling during her downtime. She often finds herself going down a rabbit hole when watching videos about the production of a movie, interviews, and fun facts about cinema. Alexis always seems to have her phases, whether it’s a Harry Potter marathon or watching The Dark Knight Trilogy.