Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pretty Little Liars: Never Trust a Pretty Girl with an Ugly Secret

Is it ever appropriate to keep a secret from a friend?
As the title may suggest, "Pretty Little Liars" is full of secrets and lies. Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer all keep secrets from each other, their parents, and their other friends. Ali was their ringleader and the champion secret keeper. She figured out everyone's secrets and then held them over the girl's heads. Although her disappearance was a horrible experience for the four other girls, they also found some relief in their secrets being buried with her. 

We have all heard the saying, "Honesty is the best policy," but do we always follow it? Some people may not lie to their friends, but they may also not be completely honest. Keeping secrets could simply be lying by omission.

You know, sometimes it is okay to keep secrets. We don't need to know everything about everyone. People have their right to a certain amount of privacy. In "Pretty Little Liars," Emily is struggling with her sexuality. Even though her friends could probably have helped her with this or even just supported her, she wasn't obligated to tell anyone. This is a kind of secret that no one can push you to tell. Emily has the right to fill people in on such a personal detail at her own pace.

Keeping secrets can get out of hand when the secret could potentially hurt someone. For instance, in "Pretty Little Liars," Hanna has an eating disorder. She was obviously keeping this a secret, but other people were keeping it a secret for her as well. It may have been tough, and Hanna may have hated them for it, but her friends should have told someone. They could have gotten Hanna the help she needed from her parents, a counselor, or someone equally as qualified.

Another example from "Pretty Little Liars" has to do with 'The Jenna Thing.' I don't want to spoil it too much for those of you who haven't seen the show, but the girls do something which they refer to as 'The Jenna Thing' which results in Jenna's step-brother, Toby, being sent away. If the girls would have revealed their secret, Toby would not have taken the blame. Sure, they probably would have gotten in some trouble, but not as much trouble as Toby.

The opposite of these examples is when you keep a secret to prevent someone from being hurt. This one is a little bit tricker to figure out. The secret could be something as small as not telling a friend that you dislike her shirt because it would hurt her feelings. People tell these kinds of lies all of the time. It gets a little more confusing when the secret is something that would hurt someone, but they should probably know anyway. When Aria discovers her father cheating on her mother, she doesn't tell her mother because it would hurt her and her father asked her not to. Even though this secret would hurt Aria's mother (and also her father), Aria's mother should know this.

Ah, secrets. Secrets. Here is a preview for Season 1 of "Pretty Little Liars" if you haven't seen the show yet.

You can pre-order your copy of the Pretty Little Liars Season One DVD here today: http://bit.ly/lRSTgB! It has deleted scenes and other goodies for you to indulge in. It hits stores June 7, 2011... so excited! It's no secret that I'm slightly obsessed with the television show and the accompanying books by Sara Shepard. They are addicting and such a guilty pleasure! I can't wait to re-watch Season 1 and devour Season 2 when it airs. :) There is also a new Pretty Little Liars book coming out in July.

Have you ever kept a secret from a friend? Do you ever think there are some circumstances where it is okay to keep a secret from a friend? Let's discuss this in the comments... I find the whole subject matter really interesting!

I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote  Pretty Little Liars: The Complete First Season on DVD.


  1. I haven't seen the show, but your review makes it sound very intriguing!

  2. @bookspersonally

    Oh, it's definitely intriguing! The show actually presents quite a few morality issues without them being shoved in your face. You can take whatever you want out of the show. You can look to it for societal issues or you can just look at it is an addicting form of entertainment! Thanks for visiting!


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