This holiday season is my first on the Keto diet, and my family and I are also on a strict present budget. So this year we are creating “experiences” to enjoy together instead. In order to conjure up some holiday fun in the midst of quarantine, I’ve decided to take the classic pairing of “Dinner & a Movie” (or as we used to call it "Pizza & Beer night") and spice it up for our upcoming month. These are my favorite at home combos for winter fun including a binge worthy tv show, a fantastic coming of age film & a recently released Y/A book paired with the ultimate food & drink recommendations.
In 2012 I wrote a script. It had three teenagers at the heart of it. They looked kinda like that picture above.
I then submitted it to various script competitions where I got deducted massive amounts of points because I didn’t have a cis white male lead. They hid their deductions in these areas calling them things like “Castability” & “Commercial Appeal”. I was told over and over that no one would watch the 2nd episode of a tv show with a queer girl discovering her super powers. That even though our world has told and re-told Superman, Spiderman, Batman, etc. No one was interested in a super-not-a-man, especially a queer one. They told me to re-write my story and base it around her father, a 40 year old white male with combat history working for the FBI and quietly looking for his wife that disappeared. Now that’s a “castible” show with “commercial appeal” that’s never been done before! (that’s sarcasm)
1. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Not the cartoon from the 80’s, the reboot created by Noelle Stevenson. Gone are the clunky predictable He-Man spin-off cookie cutter stories. Instead, we get a full ensemble of women. Not since Orange is the New Black have I seen this many female characters that all feel and look DIFFERENT from each other. The show does not rely on stereotypes, in fact shattering so many. For a show that has a lot of fun transforming Adora into She-ra, it has equal parts depth of story and character arc. Add to that, a precisely planned 5 seasons that fit together like puzzle pieces and build off each other. If only Noelle Stevenson could build a time machine and sit down with the writers of Lost.