TV-Show Review: Everything Sucks!

Today I want to do something different since I don’t think I’ve ever done a TV show review on my blog, but I liked this one so much I thought I should try!

Everything sucks! is about a group of kids attending high school in 1996. While at the beginning it might seem that the show will follow a typical “the nerd kids are bullied by the school bullies” storyline, it’s far from that.

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In fact, a lot of the show is centered around art and creativity. What initially looks like a typical plot revolving around a school play actually turns out to be this big quest to make a movie, forcing the A/V club and the theater kids to stick together and form unlikely friendships.

While that’s what drives the story forward, the best part of the show in my opinion is the individual character arcs, especially those of the two main characters, Luke and Kate.

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Luke O’Neil is such a good male main character. He’s definitely not your typical “(white) boy thinks he’s entitled to everything” character. Luke is a freshman who starts high school together with his best friends McQuaid and Tyler, and they’re basically the outcast group.

One of the reasons I like Luke as a main character is that he definitely knows he has to work towards his goals, whether it’s about getting a girlfriend or directing a movie. That’s something I feel often is missing in male main characters. He makes mistakes, like all fourteen year olds do, and he’s sometimes as selfish as he is protective of the people he loves, but he never takes anything for granted.

His relationship with his mom was the most precious (his mom is also awesome and I’m so glad that she’s more than just a supporting character) and of course I loved his friendship with the other boys and with Kate.

Kate Messner is the other main character and she’s a girl coming to terms with the fact that she’s a lesbian. She develops a crush on school “bully” Emaline Addario, which also happens to be the protagonist of the movie they’re making (Kate is in the A/V club).

Kate’s arcs was so good to see on screen. Obviously a lot of it is about her sexuality but it’s not just about that. She’s a well-rounded character that just happens, on top of other things, to be a lesbian. She is very mature and a loyal friend. I also liked her dad (which is also the school’s principal) a lot, and I like that his own storyline and character arc were given space even though most of the show revolves around teens.

There were a lot of other random things I loved, like how when the two groups first joined, the cool theater kid basically took one of the outcast kids under his wings. They kind of reminded me of Steve and Dustin from Stranger Things.

Another thing I liked is how even the characters that were portrayed as being shallow and mean (especially Emaline) were given depth as the season went on. There was truly nobody with irredeemable qualities and there was no unnecessary girl hate.

It was also really funny, it didn’t rely on harmful tropes, it really got the whole “nineties feel” right, with all the songs and the pop culture references, and it was very bingeable. It’s only ten episodes of 20 minutes each, so it’s easy to watch it all in one afternoon. You won’t even notice how much times has passed.

I don’t know if this will get a second season but the creators definitely made it so a second season is possible. The main plotline is over, but there’s still enough open doors when it comes to character arcs.

So, I definitely recommend watching it if you can. Whether you’re looking for representation, for a nostalgic nineties feel or simply for something easy and funny to watch, you’ll most likely enjoy it.

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Have you watched this show? Do you plan on watching it? Do you think I should I write more TV series reviews (and get better at writing them lmao)?

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November Wrap-Up

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Well, what a weird month reading-wise this has been for me! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been a little more relaxed with reading lately (in the past few months), but that was always because I was too busy. This month however, I totally feel like I was in a legit slump because even though I had many books that I was excited for, I rarely felt like reading them. But I did feel like reading something, and maybe it was the anticipation for Fence, but I was so in the mood for comics that I started reading some and ended up reading a lot of them (well, at least a lot more than I usually do). I’ve had these comics-streaks in the past but it was mostly for manga, whereas this time it’s been more for webcomics (they’re awesome and they”re free!), specifically for lgbtq+ ones.

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As you can see, I’ve only finished two novels this month (Evenfall: Volume I by Santino Hassell and Ais, and Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday), and everything else is webcomics (yes that’s right, except for Fence everything else is available to read online for free!).

You can check out my individual reviews on my goodreads, but because they’re so many and there are really a few gems among them that not many people might know about, I’m going to make a separate LGBT+ webcomic recommendation post soon, so I hope you’ll look forward to that.

CURRENTLY READING

Given what I said before, it’s no surprise that I’m in the middle of reading another LGBT+ webcomic, plus I’m also reading two novels that I’d been looking forward to for a while.

 

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (sequel to Nevernight) came out in September I believe but I still hadn’t finished rereading book one, and because these books aren’t exactly easy to read I kept postponing it. I’m still only around 20% but I love it and I only wish I had time to binge read it within a couple of days but I sadly don’t.

And… can you believe that The Sword of Summer is my first Rick Riordan book?? I’ve been meaning to start reading his books for ages but I still hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m not very far into it because of my slump but what I did read was awesome! It’s definitely written for the younger side of YA but it’s super enjoyable by adults as well! I’m really looking forward to finishing it and continuing the series, but the way it is at the moment I’m keeping it for when I need a light read before bed or something. Maybe I’ll binge it in the holidays but we’ll see!

 

TV SHOWS

I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (I guess that’s also why I had less time for reading…ahem) and I love it! Jake Peralta is a gem of a main character and I love all the other characters too (Rosa Diaz owns my heart).

I also don’t think I’ve ever seen a more diverse TV show and that’s part of the reason why I started watching it (besides all my friends telling me to…and now I know why they did!). I’m pretty sure everyone else is watching it already but if you aren’t I definitely recommend it!

I also started Stranger Things and it’s possible that by the time this post gets published (I had to schedule it because I’m away for the weekend) I might have finished it, but as of now I’m in the middle of the second season and I love it. I’m also too scared to watch it alone so that’s why I haven’t managed to finish it yet.

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I also totally forgot to mention it in my October Wrap Up but I binged Voltron: Legendary Defender and it’s now easily one of my favorite shows. I’m just carefully avoiding the fandom though because it’s a mess and I don’t want anything to do with it.

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GAMES

I installed Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and it’s just a silly little game but it keeps me entertained for a few minutes a day and I love that you can add your IRL and online friends.

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Add me if you’re also playing!

I wish I were still playing Persona 5 but I haven’t touched it in months and I don’t know when I’ll be able to continue it so I’m a little sad about that, but there’s enough on my plate already.

 

Well this post was long but I really like including other things in my Wrap Ups whenever I can, I hope you all don’t mind!

Let me know how this month was for you and what your plans for December and for the holidays are, I’d love to hear that!

Until next time!

December Wrap-Up

Has really another month passed? It felt really short this time around. Oh well.

BOOKS:

(All titles lead to my reviews, either on goodreads or on the blog)

  • Le cose così by Labadessa: this is a short graphic novel by an Italian artist who has become really popular on Facebook, posting his ironically philosophical comics whose main features are the yellow background and the fact that its characters are birds. It’s a must-read for any Italian millennial.
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  • L’amore di Audrey by Alessia Esse
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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: this book took me a very long time to read, as I explain in my review. I really liked it and its characters, but I’m also pretty sure I won’t continue this series.
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  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: it was my first RR book and I loved it so much! Her writing style really resonated with me and I’ll make sure to read more of her books.
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  • Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
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  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  • Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
  • Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

    I reread (okay, I’m still currently reading Kings Rising, but whatever, I’ll finish it before the new year) these for the 3rd time wihin the past six months. That’s perfectly normal, right? Yes, yes it is. It’s my favorite series and I wanted to finish the year on a good note. Also I’ve been buddy-reading them with a friend (it was the first time for her) and she loved them so much, and there’s no better feeling in the world than having your friends love your favorite books!


SHOWS/ANIME/MOVIES:

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Yuri!!! On Ice and Skam were really the only things I’ve been watching, so nothing really changed from last month. Sadly the current seasons are both over, and while I’ve been able to let Skam go, I’m still riding the YoI wave, in form of fanfiction (reading and writing), obsessive fanart search, countless re-watches. Tell me I’m not the only one.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so involved in a fandom (which is, btw, so amazing and supportive), and the feelings Yuri!!! On Ice has given me are so real and positive. It’s exactly what I (and many of us) needed.

MUSIC:

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Not much has changed for me in December, with the only exception of the YoI soundtrack having being released. I’ve been listening to it for weeks now and I love it. It has so many different genres and if you don’t feel like listening to the whole thing you can just loop one or two songs that go well with your current mood (or for whatever activity you’re doing).
Basically, it’s safe to say that YoI has taken over my life in every possible way, but I don’t regret it at all.

 

How has your month been? Did you find any last-minute favorites for 2016?

#T5W: Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season

Phew, I’m so glad this week’s topic specifically says to pick our answers from TV shows too. To be honest I’ve had a hard time with this because almost all of the book series I’ve read so far have actually gotten better with time.

In no particular order:

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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I really enjoyed this first book but I remember being extremely disappointed by the next two. They weren’t all bad (there were many things I still enjoyed in the last two books) but there were definitely things that I didn’t enjoy about how the plot developed.

Once upon a time

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I really love this show and I think I enjoy it more when I know the story that it’s trying to retell, so there are some seasons or half-seasons that I enjoy more than others, but other than that I think a lot of the recurring characters’ (those that were there since Season 1) stories are getting old and I don’t enjoy them anymore. Rumpelstiltskin has been going from bad to good to morally grey to definitely bad since the first episode and it’s just boring. If it wasn’t for books occupying all my free time I’d still watch the show (and maybe I will at some point) but right now I can’t bring myself to try watching the newest season.

The Walking Dead

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I’ve loved this show a lot in the beginning. I’m not overly-obsessed with zombies (but somehow I’m pretty sure I’ve watched almost all of the zombie movies out there -how did that happen?) but I think the premise in this show was great. I didn’t exactly plan to stop watching this but somewhere along the way I did (I think I’m missing two seasons?), but maybe I’ll try picking it up again.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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This series didn’t exactly get worse with each book, but I’m really struggling here to find books that fit. I loved each book from this series, but there’s something about this first book that was too precious and interesting not to be dearly missed in the next two: I’m talking of course about the mystery surrounding who the Prince and who the Assassin were. Of course the reveal needed to happen within this first book, but I have to say it was just too much fun to keep guessing and second-guessing for most of book one. So it’s not that the next books were inherently worse, it’s just that they necessarily lacked this element that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I don’t really have a fifth one (even though I’m sure as soon as I post this I’ll come up at least ten more).

November Wrap-Up

I can’t believe this is already my second wrap-up here on the blog! I still have a long way to go with my blogging, but I really enjoy having my own platform and it’s something that doesn’t stress me out (yet?). If anything, it has helped me with some difficult times I’ve been having, so I’m grateful for it.


BOOKS:

 Reading-wise, it was a great month! I didn’t get to read as many books as I usually do, but the All for the Game series has taken me very long to finish. I just had to go back often and reread some parts of it, so that must have been why. If you keep up with my blog, you must be wondering “But what about Locke Lamora and The Demon King?”. Well, my friends, I have majorly failed #tometopple. I am still currently reading The Lies of Locke Lamora and I’m really enjoying it, but I’ve been more busy than expected, and thus haven’t been able to finish it by the time the readathon finished. It’s all good though, I’m not going to let myself feel disappointed. I’ve done other things and that’s okay.

MUSIC:

This has been playlist-month for me! I generally prefer full albums to playlists, but once you discover book playlists I feel like you can’t go back, and that’s exactly what happened to me.

SHOWS/MOVIES:

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I haven’t been able to watch any TV-show in the past few months because all I wanted to do in my free time was reading. But then, I started seeing a lot of people talk about Yuri!!! On Ice on twitter, and when I saw C.S. Pacat was among them, I was like “I’m sold.

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I started watching it two weeks ago and I’m total trash for it. My twitter has basically become a YOI fanart collection and I don’t regret it one bit. It’s possible I might do a full series review here on the blog once all the episodes are out because I have strong opinions about this show (like, it’s also mostly fangirling, but I feel like this show has also such an amazing objective cultural/societal value).

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Another show I started watching is Skam and I’m obsessed *sighs*. I started with the third season but I think I will give the first two seasons a go, too.

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As for movies, I’ve only seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I loved it. I’m a Hufflepuff and I feel like I finally have a hero from my own house that I can worship and it’s awesome. There is just one thing I didn’t particularly appreciate and that has to do with the casting of a certain actor, although this didn’t play a major role in this movie (but it will in the next ones).

LIFE/GENERAL:

Um, better not go into my IRL life to be honest. However, I do want to mention that this is a month where I’ve made a ton of new online friendships (on Goodreads and Twitter), and I’m very grateful for it. (shoutout to my messy bitches Amber, Caitlin, Em, Jen, Jiana, May, Pragya, Ry, Sarah, and my friend Maud that finally started Yuri!!! On Ice so we can cry together. You all have no idea what an amazing support you have been to me these past weeks without even knowing about it) ❤