Week after week, millions of people immerse themselves in the lives and world of their favorite characters. As viewers, we place ourselves in the shoes of these characters, but would it really be so great to be in these fictional universes?
Game of Thrones
A world of dragons, magic, sweeping landscapes, and a quest for power may seem inviting, but regardless of where you are life in the Game of Thrones universe would surely suck. Sure, you could reach the iron throne and hold sway over Westoros, but would you really want that? You would constantly be looking over your shoulder waiting for someone to kill your ass.
Bloodlines run deep in GoT, and those waters go to the murky place where loving your cousin (or sibling for that matter) takes on a more literal meaning. You are apparently going to have at least 1-15 illegitimate children who will hate you for the rest of your days.
When you die, it will not be pleasant. Not a lot of people go quietly into the good night, more like through torture and dismemberment. Let us not forget how bad this world would smell. Everyone in GoT is either having copious amounts of sex or caked in filth, or both at the same time. I think walking into any town in that world would smell like the equivalent of stepping into a Men’s Room at halftime at the Super Bowl.
Worst yet would be the constant reminder that ‘Winter is Coming’. You cannot even say hello to your fellow man without being told this sentiment. After 2 months you would be begging for winter to just get here already.
One of the positives of being a twenty-something with some money in New York would be that you can kind of do and be whoever you want to be without much consequence. Life hasn’t yet got you to the point of being an adult and you are mostly pretending to play ‘grown ups’. The world is your oyster and I say shuck it! (Pun intended)
The downside is that you need a degree in psychology just to be able to handle your friends. Not one character in ‘Girls’ male or female is in anyway a normal human being. You will enjoy the highs and lows of the bi-polar nation of people in their mid-twenties. Nothing will make sense to you and most likely you would end up with some mental disorder as a proxy of just being in that world. Any of your sexual encounters will most likely be uncomfortable and leave you depressed and disgusted.
The best part of your mid-twenties is that it eventually comes to an end and you realize you are not the center of the universe anymore, and who wants to be in a perpetual loop of that?
A lot is made of how cool Don Draper is. How awesome would it be to go to work, get plastered, and take a nap in your office? Besides the obvious faults of living in a time period that was extremely unjust time for anyone who wasn’t a rich white man, the world of ‘Mad Men’ has other problems.
You would never be happy with anything in your life ever. Regardless of what happens in the ‘Mad Men’ universe it will only end up causing you to fall into a drunken depression. Don Draper ostensibly has it all. The beautiful wife and home, 3 kids, lots of money, a great job, but Don Draper is possibly the unhappiest character that has ever been on TV. His life is filled with doubt and disdain for everything and everyone around him. No matter how good he has it, he is always empty.
Also- all that scotch and cigarettes are going to make you look like a dried up raisin by the time you hit 40.
The Walking Dead
Living in a zombie apocalypse really isn’t all that Twitter has made it to be. You would always be under the threat of being eaten. The really bad part would be (again the smell too) being surrounded by incompetent fools. The survivors of the Walking Dead seem to have as much cognitive function as the zombies they shoot or stab on a regular basis. They make stupid decisions all the time, waste a lot of time doing nothing, and how they survived the initial attack is a miracle.
If they don’t end up getting you killed they will at least drive you to the brink of insanity. Unless they are Daryl.
The Big Bang Theory
You would be surrounded by a bunch of people that network executives think that nerds are like. Also you would constantly surrounded by references to things that happened in the 80’s and geek culture and everything would be one large pop-culture joke. Oh no.
YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! GOD DAMN YOU! GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!