I find it disturbing that one person can commit a crime and within months to a year you can find a new lifetime movie premier. There are crimes happening everywhere, everyday but it seems as though some criminals are gaining their fame after being accused or convicted of a crime. The trial of Jodi Arias is one prime example of fame through crime. Is society getting a rise out of movies being made off of real life crimes? Should we be focusing more on a person’s triumphs? Lifetime has always been known for their dramatic true stories, but it seems as though dramatic is being taken too far.
The Jodi Arias case was wide spread news. Arias, was accused and convicted of stabbing, shooting and killing her ex-boyfriend, T. Alexander. The murder occurred in 2008 and went to trial in 2013. The trial lasted 4 months and Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8th, 2013. There is now a Lifetime movie set to be released June 22nd, 2013 just 45 days after her conviction date. No one would have ever known she existed until the trial air on television. The story was shocking and intriguing to call, but did it call for a Lifetime Movie? I do not believe this trial was a movie worthy story.
Homeless to Harvard was a lifetime movie in which I agree with. It was about, Liz Murray, who lived with her drug addict parents. After being taken from them through cps and living in a foster care center she wrote an Admissions Essay for enrolment at Harvard University. Through the movie it shows the living conditions in which she lived, her struggles with family and school, and how she rose above all life’s challenges and became a student at Harvard University.
Everyone has a story to tell and it has to have a dramatic impact on the hearts of many or capture society’s eye to be made into a movie. A story of someone’s struggles and triumph is far more interesting than someone who may have taken the easy way out of situation or committed a crime just for a few minutes, months or years of fame. Today we are more interested in the criminals and their stories and we forget to acknowledge the honest hard working people out there who truly made a difference in this world or in their lives. I know that if I had a movie made about me, I would rather it be about I rose above all odds and made it rather than sitting in a jail cell watching my life story unfold to over a million viewers.
References: Myself; kept up with Jodie Arias Trial; Watched Homeless to Harvard.