Love Island: The Good, The Bad, and The Muggy

How fake is Love Island? Is it creating body image problems? Every scene you didn’t know happened and how many of the islanders are just in the villa to get ‘Instagram Famous’ and get sponsored by hair growth pills that probably don’t work.

The Good

My evenings have been dedicated to Love Island for the past few months and I normally defend it when someone tells me it’s trash. You really start to like the people in there and root for their relationship to work out. I get that they paint out people in a certain way because that’s just the way reality TV works, but with the cameras being around them 24/7 you get to see their journeys in their relationships and watch them become stronger together.

It annoys me when people say that all the relationships in the villa are fake, sure maybe a few couples are playing it up for the camera but I still believe that some of them are very genuine. After all, last year’s Jamie and Camilla are still travelling the world together, season 1’s Nathan and Cara have a baby together and Alex and Olivia are engaged! So you can’t say that all the couples are just faking it to win the show.

I also love the way that that your opinions of people change compared to first impressions. While I’ll always love Dani and Jack, some of them have definitely grown on me, Megan especially. I know a lot of people still don’t like her but she followed her heart and that’s one of the most genuine things you can do. Yes, she struggled to choose but she was honest about it and it’s actually something that we all go through and can relate to so we shouldn’t hate on her for finding it hard to make her mind up sometimes.

A lot of people think that Love Island teaches bad lessons to its viewers, especially when a lot of viewers are quite young which I agree with in some ways. But they’ve obviously realised some of their mistakes and corrected them this year, like banning smoking compared to last year when every conversation was while they were smoking, I think it’s a really positive change that they’ve made.

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The Bad

It’s pretty easy to see that the majority of people in there don’t represent all of our society at all. This year, every guy except for Jack has abs for days and more muscles than you could count, and almost every girl is tanned, toned and a size 8.

It reinforces these unrealistic beauty expectations that we sometimes feel like we need to meet to be called ‘pretty’ and feel good about ourselves. Most of us don’t wear fake eyelashes, 6” heels and have a golden tan all the time. Where’s the girls with short hair, the ones that don’t like wearing makeup and the ones who prefer trainers to heels?

They have tried to include islanders who are different to their ‘norm’, like Alexandra who’s more curvy than most of them, Darylle who was covered in piercings and tattoos and Savanna with shorter hair. But let’s face it, they’re in the minority and most of them didn’t get picked or were dumped pretty quickly.

Beauty standards have come such a long way this year so far, with the variety of models increasing and clothing brands expanding their sizes so there’s no longer a separate plus-sized section. We’ve started changing the face of what’s considered beautiful, so why can’t Love Island try and do that more too?

I want to see a girl/guy that I can actually relate to and feel like they look like me and not stare at the screen doubting myself and wishing I looked more like them.

The more people they put people on the show that are different to most of the current islanders, the more all different types of people will want to apply and we’ll start to see a show that represents all of us!

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The Muggy

Okay, now we’re onto the juicy stuff, how fake is Love Island really?

Sometimes I think it’s bad how invested we get into the couple’s life, we all vote for certain people and hate others because of the way they’ve been portrayed, when in reality they could be nothing like that.

Sometimes they seem to literally make up drama out of thin air. Did you see the video people were posting on social media of the scene where Georgia and Jack kiss at the end of their date? The video on LoveIslandJoker’s Instagram shows that when the camera is on Wes and Megan kissing, Georgia is still getting up from her seat, then the camera angle changes and suddenly she’s kissing Jack at the same time Megan and Wes do…so basically they filmed that scene twice! So the whole thing was just made up!

I also saw a YouTube video of Savanna from Casa Amor saying that loads of scenes with her and Wes were cut so that he appeared loyal to Megan the whole time when she was hinting that he wasn’t at all!

Even relationships sometimes seem fake when they’re claiming they’re in love after 2 weeks. I’m not saying they’re definitely not in love because everyone falls for people at different rates, but it sometimes seems like the couples are trying to one-up each other. After all, there’s £50,000 on the line!

I know they want to make good TV, but this really does show that you can’t believe everything you see on Love Island. They take out important scenes to make certain people look good/bad and basically change your opinion of some contestants to make you not vote for them.

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The Verdict

I have a love hate relationship with Love Island, one second I’m laughing and the next I’m cringing at how cheesy the challenges are. I will still go on watching love island, if nothing else it’s entertaining, gives me some great fashion inspo and my 9pms just wouldn’t be the same without it. But, I still wish they’d change a few things to make it less staged and more representative of all of us.

What do you all think? Is it fake? Who’s your favourites and who do you want to win? I can’t decide still!

Beth x

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  1. chezrama
    July 20, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Hmm ! I have never been to love Island. I donot really know where it is 🙂 please donot laugh at my ignorance. but wherever it is .I am all in. Maybe it is not about this Island but the world itself. We live in a changing world.Normal people would not notice it but good observer like you would. It does not matter where you are or what you do as long as you love the place you are in even if it is 4*4 room, and you love the people you are surrounded with.
    My point is: I might hate Michigan ohh boy I do I hate winter in Michigan to be precise. But I love it I love my memory, I love the people in it and that what matters 🙂

  2. July 20, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of Love Island, but its definitely interesting to see your opinions on it. I know they’ve got a lot of stick for various things this year so hopefully next it will change and be more diverse!
    Soph – x

    • July 20, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you! Yeah hopefully the amount of attention it’s got for not being very diverse will make them realise they’ve made a mistake!

  3. July 21, 2018 / 8:03 am

    I personally don’t keep up with it but to be honest I can see why people get so invested in it! Reality TV is so easy and entertaining to watch but it is annoying how some of it is so staged as a lot of stuff would never happen in real life – but I suppose sometimes that’s what makes it so appealing is that it can be so unrealistic and shocking!? I really do think they should introduce more diversity in programmes like this, in every way! Personality, looks, intelligence, wealth etc, we need representation from all walks of life!
    Alice Xx

    • July 21, 2018 / 8:08 am

      Exactly! I’m not going to lie, I do love reality tv a lot of the time because it’s just light hearted entertainment but yeah, I would love if they could start diversifying it more now. It’s 2018! They’re behind the times by just having a load of people that all look the same in the villa!

  4. Anna
    July 21, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Great place, but I would get crazy because of the bad part!

  5. July 21, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I’ve never been to love island and never really new it existed!

  6. July 21, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    I never got really into this show, I watch more of the housewives franchise and feel like that’s still too much reality TV

  7. July 21, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Really enjoyed this post. I’ve just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more posts. I love Love Island and I totally agree. Although I still can’t say Megan has grown on me and what Savannah said sounds very interesting, I do belive lots of scenes are really edited , shortened, lengthened and cut! Xx

    • July 21, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you! I’ll check your blog out now 🙂
      Yeah Megan is one of those people that you either love or hate but at least she always followed her heart xx

  8. July 22, 2018 / 10:17 am

    I love watching Love Island, and agree with you in most of your points! It’s enjoyable TV but it’s definitely something that should be taken with a pinch of salt… I’d also love to see more relatable body images in there; like you said, Jack is the only boy without abs, and yet he’s probably one of the most loveable ones in there!
    Jas xx

    • July 22, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      Exactly, we all love Jack so why would they not put more people like him in there that don’t go to the gym every day!

  9. July 22, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I’m fascinated by the attraction (little pun there) of Love Island, I’ve never seen any of it (partly in fear that I’ll get hooked and will dedicate all my time to it) and find the concept so bizarre. But it’s so understandable how it’s so addictive, and this was a really interesting read! Maybe if they did introduce more varied people I’d give it a go x

    • July 22, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Haha it’s one of those love or hate programmes so you’ll either not like it or become completely addicted! x

  10. eviebraithwaite
    July 22, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I’ve watched every episode and I think I have a bit of a love hate relationship with it too! It’s entertaining, but it baffles me how fake it can seem sometimes. As you say, how can they be in love after 10 days of knowing each other? Megan’s also grown on me a lot, and seems like one of the most real ones on their tbh – she knows what she wants! I could go on forever haha, loved this post!! X

    Evie x |

    • July 22, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you! Exactly! In the real world there’s no way you’d be in a relationship and in love after that amount of time, makes it seem like they’re just doing it for the votes sometimes x

  11. July 23, 2018 / 2:40 am

    I personally love Love Island. I have done since season 2, and this year I’m finding it’s better. I’ve not caught up in a few episodes so I’m quite behind, but I think ITV are genuinely trying to change everything up just that little more. I also love Iain Stirling too😂😍🙌🏼

    • July 23, 2018 / 7:22 am

      Yeah they’re slowly changing some things! Me too haha, I love his accent😂

  12. July 23, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    bethrebecca, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.

  13. abbiejadewanders
    July 27, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    I think you have hit the nail on the head with this post! I have such a love/hate relationship with Love Island and sometimes I judge myself so much for sitting watching every evening but it is 100% addictive. I think one of the biggest problems is the beauty expectation, tanned, toned and size 8 is not what solely defines ‘beautiful’ and certainly shouldn’t be all we see all summer. I do think it is getting to predictable but it won’t stop me watching. Thankyou for sharing!

    • July 28, 2018 / 9:24 am

      Exactly, I love watching it but they need to start getting more kinds of people in there that don’t all look the same

  14. August 1, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I really like how you have took Love Island as a topic and segmented the different views you have. A really good, well presented post.

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