Death doesn't any get screen time on both MTV's 'Real World' and 'Reality Bites'
Reality is hard to capture on screen. When The Real World‘s Pedro Zamora died of AIDS on Nov. 11, there were no cameras. Reality Bites, a movie whose Gen X characters distrust every media message, got at death’s unreality too. When Janeane Garofalo’s Vickie worries she might be HIV-positive, she tells Winona Ryder’s Lelaina, ”It’s like I’m watching it on … Melrose Place … I live in the building, and I teach everybody it’s okay to be near me … And then I die. And there’s everybody at my funeral wearing halter tops and chokers.” Lelaina understands: ”Melrose Place is a really good show.”