Were you expecting Juno to end tragically? It's just not that kind of story. I'm not saying it was a good movie but the idea that a girl can get pregnant, have the baby, give it up and then be ok afterwards is valid. I'm not saying that's what always happens, but it can happen.
Adoption in media traditionally had a stigma. Finding out you were adopted or that someone you know had given up a child was treated as some kind of horrible family secret. Also either the birth parents or the adopted parents would be bad people.
If some recent adoption stories seem to be all sunshine and rainbows it's probably just an overcorrection.
If you want a recent example of adoption as a "bad" thing look at Once Upon a Time
. A woman has a baby in jail gives him up and he is adopted by the Evil Queen
Honestly it's my least favorite thing about that show .
I've seen adoption be a great thing in real life. My cousin is adopted and she knows it and she's awesome. The birth mother was a teenager, I always hope she's ok because she gave my family an amazing gift. The kid is smart, funny and talented (if a bit bossy). She looks nothing like us (we're white she's Japanise) and that is totally ok. As the youngest (she's 10) she lights up my grandparents whole world.
I feel like adoption is portrayed negatively way too often. I'm sensitive to it because I love my little cousin.
edited 17th Apr '13 1:32:09 AM by HistoryMaker