a teenager's take on social media, activism, trends and pretty much anything that crosses my mind.
Why 'Harry's House' feels underwhelming
'Harry's House' is the much anticipated 3rd solo album from Harry Styles. With song names like 'Little Freak' and lyrics like 'choke her with a sea view' being leaked in the week building up to the album's release, fans were expecting Medicine and Kiwi-esque sexually-charged rock songs. Theories of him returning to the sound of his debut solo album were circulating, which contained a mix of rock and ballads with the occasional softer sound to solidify his comeback.
Still thinking about the 2019 Met Gala.
Despite the 2022 Gala right on the horizon, I am forever stuck in the hell that is 2019 Met Gala discourse. The theme was 'Camp: Notes on Fashion', and the outfits ranged from bland to outlandish, from wearing plain suits to having 4 costume changes (with an umbrella?!). "What is 'camp'?", we all exclaimed. 'Can I just look vaguely stereotypically gay?', they asked. 'Will some frills and a splash of pink work?', 'I thought it meant we were going camping?'
The Gone Girl Revival
Spoiler warning! Gone Girl, both the book and the movie, have seen a resurgence in the past six months or so. Snippets of the 'Cool Girl Monologue' have been floating around Tiktok, and aesthetic images of Amy Dunne are appearing on Instagram, with captions claiming 'she did nothing wrong'. Of course, with lockdown it was inevitable that many movies would find many new viewers, particularly films that were very popular when they first came out, but there has been a certain added attraction to movies with highly gender-based commentaries: American Psycho, Fight Club, and Gone Girl, to name a few. The reasons for this Gone Girl resurgence in particular are a complex tale of anger, counter-movement and irony.
'Don't Look Up' and the terrifying reality of corruption
Powerlessness is the overwhelming emotion I feel when I think about climate change. Fighting against a corrupt government, lobbying corporations, and misinformation will always be an uphill battle- as shown by the new film 'Don't Look Up'
'All Too Well (10 minute version) Analysed
With the release of the 10 minute version of All Too Well, us Swifties have been gifted new lyrics to pick apart, and pick apart we shall. In case you are unfamiliar, it details the breakdown of her relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal in an emotional outpour more potent than any other breakup song- and I would argue this song, like many of her others, are much more than your bog-standard breakup song. Miss Swift has an uncanny ability for storytelling, giving a full insight into both her emotions, and the surrounding context.
Pride Month and other profitable movements.
Every June pride month rolls around and big companies are quick to jump on the bandwagon. As they release their merchandise people are even quicker to criticise them, and 'Rainbow Capitalism' as a whole. The first thing I saw when going on Pinterest to look for the flag photo was 'Pride Month Shop', and if that doesn't illustrate how commodified this movement has become, I don't know what will.
Wild Child: a Feminist Masterpiece?
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] In case you are unfamiliar, the movie follows the story of Poppy Moore; a Malibu girl thrown into a British boarding school- 'Abbey Mount'- after a streak of misbehaviour. She tries her hardest to get kicked out and return to the glamourous lifestyle she left behind. In her efforts to get kicked out, she begins a romance with the dashingly handsome Freddie Kingsley and begins to learn the true meaning of friendship. As she puts it, 'Isn't it ironic how my ticket out of here just might be the reason I want to stay?'.