Premium- Ginny & Georgia -Random 'Ginny & Georgia' Thought: Why Are Teens Always Climbing Through Windows?
Have you been watching Netflix's Ginny & Georgia and wondered why so many teens are climbing through bedroom windows, and more practically... how? Why did climbing through a window become such a grand gesture in the world of teen romances? Is it the sheer adrenaline of having to scale a house without falling? And what apparatus are they using, because I know from life experiences that side-of-house lattices are not as popular as teen shows make you think.
One could argue that this tradition harkens back to the OG late night courtship of Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo yells to Juliet below her window. And while Romeo makes some rather rash decisions later on in life (or like, two days later...), at least he wasn't climbing up to her balcony like teens today.
The trope of "teens climbing through each other's windows" is simply commonplace now among coming-of-age television shows and films, from Joey taking a ladder to the side of Dawson's house on Dawson's Creek to J.D. giving Veronica one of his "greetings and salutations" in Heathers. (Also, shoutout to Slate for the compilation of teens making it to the second floor without wiping out or breaking their necks.)
Ginny & Georgia is no different. Marcus takes to a window quicker than you can say, "This reminds me of Gilmore Girls" while watching the show. Perhaps it's the idea of a "bad boy" literally breaking and entering a house that is not his that makes it so alluring. Or maybe the idea of working for what you can't have physically, sometimes emotionally — see: Dawson's Creek. Or perhaps all of the indoor people just like being scared to death with someone popping up at their window when they're least expecting it. The element of surprise can go a long way.