How did I become a Love Island fan?

How did I become a Love Island fan?

How did that happen?  How did I become a Love Island fan?

The whole Love Island experience has completely passed me by for the last three years.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that I was the smug-faced one who smiled knowingly and commented that it didn’t interest me and it wasn’t the sort of thing I would watch. And it isn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not immune to the lure of reality television but Love Island just didn’t appeal.  Last summer, I was oblivious, I knew who Kem and Chris were afterwards as they seemed to appear everywhere but I didn’t feel as though I had missed out and I was very smug that my summer evenings were spent doing so much more interesting things.

This year, the boys starting talking about Love Island about a week before it started.  There was lots of hype and a lot of their friends were discussing it in school.  They are 12 and 14 and the thought of a program with scantily clad women appealed to them as much as keeping up with what their friends were talking about.  I get it.  They are male, they are starting to appreciate the female form and I wasn’t overly concerned and to be honest, I thought that they would get bored after a week.

They don’t watch hardly any TV now. I think that can be said of many of their generation.  YouTube is their television They would rather watch their favourite YouTubers and it is very rare that they both sit down to watch something together that isn’t sport related.  So in the spirit of spending some quality time with them, I decided to join in.

Four weeks in and the novelty hasn’t worn off and in fact, we were all on the edge of our seats last night waiting for love-rat Josh to walk in and break the lovely Georgia’s heart.  You see, I have been well and truly sucked in too.  I didn’t see it coming, I thought I could watch it and walk away.  Not a chance.  I am there with the boys berating the Adam for his womanising ways and Megan’s total lack of concern for anyone else’s feelings.  We all think Alex is far too nice, to the point now that he is boring and we all applauded Dani and Jack when they were reunited last night.

We are invested.  I am invested.  I can’t quite believe it.  But more than anything, I am enjoying sharing it with my sons.  It is really interesting to see how they have moved on from seeing it as a great opportunity to see ‘fit women in bikinis’ to discussing the personalities and relationships.

It isn’t real life, of course, it isn’t.  It is a game show essentially but what I like about it is that there these people have to talk to each other.  There is no texting, no social media, so they have to deal with things face to face; the arguments, the breakups and everything else and I think that is good for these teens who live inside their phones to see. It is also a good opportunity to discuss with them how certain behaviour affects people, such as making comments, back-stabbing and cheating and I hope that they have gleaned something positive out of watching this side of things.

In the meantime, I can’t believe I am excited to watch it again tonight to see the fall-out from last night and I never thought I would say that.  Who needs football when you have Love Island?

How did I become a Love Island fan


How did I become a Love Island fan?
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How did I become a Love Island fan?
Love Island has completely passed me by until this year and thanks to my sons, I am completely addicted to it. There are some positives though as I have been having some interesting conversations with my sons about it


  1. July 3, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Oh my goodness! I can’t believe that you’ve become a fan! I’m still being smug, but never say never! I do get sucked into reality TV from time to time – my favourites being I’m a Celeb and Coach Trip. I can see that it must be nice to share that time with your boys and for them to pick up a few lessons along the way.

  2. July 4, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness Nikki I could have written this myself – totally! My daughter harangued me to let her watch, and I was surprised that all the other 13 year olds seemed to be watching too. I let her watch, mostly because I didn’t want her to feel like the only one at school who wasn’t, but I’m totally hooked too! And I agree, it’s a brilliant way to observe relationships, and talk about what’s real, not real, right, etc. I’ve actually learned quite a lot about her views on life through watching with her, and we’ve had some good conversations about relationships and self esteem as a result. And I too can’t wait for 9pm every night – that is a downside!

    • Nikki Thomas
      July 4, 2018 / 9:41 am

      It is funny isn’t it that there is a positive from a program like this. I am really enjoying the chance to talk about relationships and things with the boys and I love that they are getting upset with the the awful way some of the people are being treated too, so hopefully they will never do the same

  3. July 4, 2018 / 11:17 am

    I love it too, totally hooked this year! My teen has no interest in watching it (she rarely watches tv either these days), but I can’t get enough. I feel so sorry for poor G, didn’t like her at first but she has grown on me. I can’t stand Megan, Samira and Josh and like everyone I like Dani and Jack, Alex and Laura x

    • Nikki Thomas
      July 4, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      I would agree with your likes and dislikes, and Adam is pretty awful too but he has never pretended to be anything else unlike some of the others. It is so easy to watch and It is good to be able to join in conversations about it too

  4. Jacqueline Roberts
    July 4, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    I think its kind of regressing for me and I show personality traits that are so judgmental….but its fabulous to let go for an hour a day, and me and my son do bond over it weirdly which irritates my Daughter. Took a while this season but I’m well into it like, you know what I mean like. 😉

    • Nikki Thomas
      July 4, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Yes. Agree that it is completely a time to let go and relax, it is really easy watching and there is certainly plenty to judge, that’s for sure!

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