My favorite type of literature is hands down Young Adult or YA fiction. Even at 22 years old, books about teenagers and pre-teens coming of age and going on quests in an adult-dominated world are exciting to me. YA books bring out the kid in all of us and present the world in a way that is more optimistic than adult fiction while still forcing us to confront the harsh realities of it. In a way, it shows us the way that the world is, while also showing us the way that the world could be.
Over the course of its nine seasons, The Office gave us several iconic Christmas moments. Despite going off the air in 2013, Christmas at Dunder-Mifflin still has a place in the hearts of the show's fans. With all of the diverse and interesting characters on the show, they all inspired very different Christmas traditions in the office. So to keep the Christmas spirit of Dunder-Mifflin alive, here is a playlist full of songs that are based on the wonderful characters from The Office.
If you have read some of my other stories I've posted on here, you probably know that I am a big Glee fan. My love for Glee, however, does not absolve the show of some of the problematic behaviors it exhibited during its run. One of the most problematic being the show's bias and outright aversion to Black men. During its six season run, the show only managed to feature two Black male characters as part of the main cast and even then, there were many problems surrounding their characterization. From my perspective, Glee had three overarching problems when it came to their approach to portraying Black men.
Disclaimer: This is not me endorsing or ignoring the very problematic situations that have come out of Glee or its cast (i.e. ableism, racism, etc). These articles are for fun and nostalgia and are based solely on what the show was and my love for the characters, not the actors who play them.
About twice a year, I re-watch Glee, purely out of nostalgia and, despite the criticisms of the show, I actually enjoy it. Glee was one of those feel good teen shows that gave many of us unrealistic expectations for what high school was supposed to be like and made us want to sing and dance even if we couldn't. Despite not actually watching Glee until season 6 aired (because that was when it was put on Netflix), Glee has been a part of my life since middle school. The show aired in 2009 when I was in the sixth grade and I remember the cultural frenzy it caused. My teacher's assistant for English would often play songs from Glee while we worked on essays or read to ourselves and I ended up becoming a fan of the songs from the show before ever watching an episode of it.
When it comes to literature, nearly everyone knows of Charles Dickens, Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, and Victor Hugo. Western literature has been celebrated for centuries and for many, these authors represent the apex of skilled writers. But what about a continent with a long storytelling history? Where folktales and oral traditions have paved the way for modern tales about life rich in culture and influence? As great as American and European literature have come to be, African literature deserves its place on our shelves next to The Hate U Give and To Kill A Mockingbird.