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How dystopian YA shaped Gen Z
From roughly 2010-2014, dystopian YA was all the rage. Rising political tensions, war and a recession from the previous decade had curdled into the rise of the dystopian genre: where horrifyingly oppressive governments committed grave atrocities against the people they were supposed to protect, leaving it to teenagers (who were usually cisgender, white and heterosexual) to save the world.
Quintessential Black TV - 12 TV Shows That Defined My Childhood
It's February, the shortest and coldest month of the year and also coincidentally, Black History Month! I grew up in the Caribbean and not the US so we didn't really observe Black History Month. Black History in my country encompasses and informs most parts of our cultural experiences (food, religion, festivals etc.) so I imagine the powers that be decided an entire month would be redundant. As an adult currently living in Canada, I've come to appreciate February as an important opportunity for learning, celebration and discovery of the significant contributions of the black population to the history and cultural vitality of the country.
Dear Hollywood, you're not meeting our special needs.
Award season is already here, and the Golden Globes just announced their nominations. While most people are upset by the lack of nominations given to Tenet, I and many other autistic individuals are furious that Music received two nominations. For those not in the know, this project was directed by Australian singer Sia and focuses on a recovering drug addict who is left with her nonverbal autistic sister in her care. It shines a light on autistic females, which is something that rarely happens, and it's now being recognized by one of the biggest award ceremonies in Hollywood. Why are we furious at this? Because this movie is the biggest piece of inspiration porn to come onto the mainstream movie scene since 1994's Forrest Gump.
My Beautiful and Lifelong Relationship with Books
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”– William Styron
Hoarders: I'm Stuffed
I binge watch Hoarders for the 4 R’s: Rats, Roaches, Refuse, and Redemption. Let me explain.
It's not actually that sunny in Philadelphia
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Like the name of a wholesome family entertainment show. Perhaps a light-hearted comedy where a group of old friends who own a bar get into a few scrapes but it all turns out all right in the end. Well, the irony begins with the title. It’s Always Sunny is one of the craziest, darkest sitcoms ever to hit our screens.
True Blood, It's Fang Lickin' Good
Does it have vampires? I’m in. I don’t know what it is about vampires but I have been obsessed from a young age. I’m not talking pre-teen young when Twilight came out (which as far as vampire stories go, does not rank high for me), I’m talking 6 years old when I still had baby teeth but was dreaming about having fangs. No, I’m serious. I literally dreamed about meeting vampires and begging them to turn me into a vampire too. Which they never agreed too… Even in my dreams I can’t be the dream version of myself!
How Twilight Inspired My Love for Terrible TV
Twilight is a staple of my teenage years. I still remember when I was first introduced to the franchise after seeing the second movie, New Moon, in theatres with two of my childhood best friends when I was ten years old. From then on, I was hooked. My mom bought me all the books that year for Christmas and I went into a repeated cycle of finishing the books and immediately beginning them again. I’ve probably read the series in its entirety 7 times and have watched the movies just as many times. I can still quote lines from the movies word for word.
The Second Chance Bookstore
Maddie Fitzpatrick’s discovery of the book was entirely unintentional. She’d been walking aimlessly through the city streets when, without warning, the light drizzle had turned to steady downpour. She contemplated ducking inside somewhere for a coffee—or something stronger—when she walked past a store she’d never seen before.
Comfort viewing during a pandemic
I've seen the entirety of Seinfeld probably four times (I came to that one late); the complete Parks & Recreation half a dozen times and I've completely lost count of the amount of re-watches I've done of The Office: An American Workplace (well, I admittedly tend to skip the less-perfect first season of The Office for the majority of my watches).
An Ode to Trailer Park Boys
When the sepia-toned ariel footage of Nova Scotia’s most infamous trailer park begins to roll with the dreamy lilting piano chord theme carrying on through it, I feel my heart skip a beat. Trailer Park Boys, a cult classic mockumentary à la The Office but Canadian, raunchier, and subjectively better, is a nod to the working class and the antics of blue-collar buddies just getting by. But it’s also casually progressive, especially for a show born in the early aughts when being an out gay couple in a conservative-leaning proletariat class was an anomaly. And it’s where the now-famed star of such blockbuster hits as The Umbrella Academy, Juno, and Inception, Elliot Page, got their start. TPB, as it is affectionately abbreviated, has brought a sense of simplicity and comic relief to the trenches of mundanity and daily struggles of the working class.
A Love Letter to Will & Grace
Dear Will & Grace: I'm old enough that I can be considered to be a guilty pleasure TV OG. I lived through nights with the original Dallas and Dynasty playing in the background while I did my homework. I watched The Real World – New York (yes, Season 1), which was pre-Real Housewives of Anywhere and a precursor to reality television as a genre. I never missed an episode of Nip/Tuck, which could be aired on network TV today but, by the standards of the 2000s, was considered almost too risqué even for cable television. There have been a lot of top shelf television shows that have been produced over the years but, for me, your show is the one that I go back to over and over when I need to escape the constant grind of everyday life.