"Hey, have you seen Rome on HBO?"
"No, no. I haven't really seen that."
"Oh man, you should. It's great."
"I don't know. It takes place in the past, right?"
"Well... yeah. It's about Julius Caesar."
"Yeah, see, I'm just not into into historical fiction."
"It was nominated for a Golden Globe!"
"What? For like Best Costumes or something?"
"No, no. Best Drama."
"Yeah, this is an HBO series. It's like Sopranos or Six Feet Under. You like those, don't you?"
"Yeah, I guess. It's just all that history. I mean, dates and places. It just seems so cold and technical. I just have trouble relating. And everybody talks weird. Thee's and thou's. What is that? It's just not real."
"No, you don't get it. I'm mean, sure this takes place in the past, and they have Romans and Greeks and Egyptians, but that's not what it's about. They are just using those as metaphors for the purposes of drama so they can talk about character. I mean, it's all about people, you know, like relationships, and conflict, religion and politics and in-fighting. It's just like Sopranos, just with Romans. It's not really historical fiction at all."
"So, do you like watch the History Channel all the time?"