Personally, I find it typical. Media requires drama. They need to make the problems (conflicts) bigger, the characters a bit over the top, and the storylines seeped in trope and cliché. Its because its storytelling, and people love a good story telling.
Witches do not throw fireballs. We don’t all have wands, let alone see magic crackle out like lightning to do serious damage to our enemies. I’m not friends with vampires or werewolves, or ghosts for that matter. I don’t summon spirits. I don’t make potions. I don’t have special witchy powers.
See? Nothing really worthy of my own series. As much as I’d love vampires and werewolves fighting over my affections, that also doesn’t happen.
But I also recognize that shows with firefighters are also dramatic- I’m married to a firefighter, and I know you can’t outrun explosions, and you can’t see a thing in a smoke filled room. Many victims rescued are just as much dead. Many fire calls end up being nothing at all. Television likes to ‘enhance the truth’.
However, I get frustrated with the stereotypes of witches in the media, but I also knows that sort of thing sells. I just wish they’d stop labeling witchcraft with Wicca, which is different. Most TV/movie Wiccans rarely mention the Goddess, and its religion, folks. Not so much the magic.
I’m afraid its here to stay, and admittedly, I enjoy some shows. I love Practical Magic, for example. I love the quirky aunts, the relationship between the two sisters, and problems that arose they had to contend with. It was fun to watch.
I also liked, The Craft, how their wishes backfired in such a way to teach them a lesson. Their mention of Manon, which is not a true deity. This was done on purpose as to not offend the Wiccan community, but it offended me at the time. Why not mention the goddess or any of the ancient god/desses? Oh and they did have a Wiccan priestess consult for the movie.
Do you have favorite movies you like to watch on witches? Post in comments.