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'DAWSON'S CREEK' IS TWISTED, BUT IT'S FUN

"I don't want to wait for our lives to be over."

This line from a Paula Cole song is the opening theme of "Dawson's Creek" (9 p.m. Tuesday, Channel 49), and it fits this controversial new series just fine.

The first time I saw the show, I was angered by the portrayal of all teen-agers solely as vessels for raging hormones.

Reality aside, I have grown addicted to this drama.

"Dawson's Creek" is set in fictional Capeside, a small coastal town in Massachusetts. It surrounds the lives of four 15-year-old friends -- Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Pacey Witter and Jennifer Lindley.

Dawson Leery (portrayed by James Van Der Beek, 20) is an aspiring film director whose overactive imagination and idealism sometimes make him oblivious to what is happening around him. Joey Potter (Katie Holmes, 18) is one of Dawson's oldest and closest friends, and she has a crush on her longtime pal.

Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson, 19) is a guy who was unsuccessful with girls until he had an affair with his English teacher. Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams, 17) is the new girl in town. Her promiscuous past had prompted her parents to send her to Capeside from New York City to live with her grandparents.

The only one of this foursome who doesn't realize Joey has a crush on Dawson is Dawson himself. He has a new girlfriend -- you guessed it, Jen! Predictably, this leads to amusing tension between rivals Joey and Jen.

This brings us to Pacey and his English teacher. At first their passion seemed disgusting, but soon I found myself rooting for them to be together.

Even though some of the storylines may seem far-fetched, creator Kevin Williamson ("Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Scream 2") claims most of it is taken from experience and incidents that occurred at his high school.

What is so amazing about this show is its instant popularity. It is the No. 1 overall show for girls ages 12 to 17.

When I am in school, everyone talks about it, including boys. People I never would have figured to watch a nighttime soap are raving about it.

Something else that drives me nuts about this show is the dialogue. I consider myself to have a fairly proficient vocabulary, but I seldom talk in such complex sentences as the characters do on a regular basis.

The characters can't wait to grow up. Where are their parents to tell them to savor this carefree time in their lives? Oh, wait, I forgot -- one is in prison and others are caught up in their own case of adultery.

The bottom line: Don't watch this show because you want to watch a show about high schoolers. Watch it because you're bored with your life and you need a good laugh at how writers think 15-year-olds act.

Lesley Foglia is a sophomore at Clarence Senior High School.

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