What do you call someone who sends text messages under a fake name to taunt 5 girls into doing things they don’t want to do? Crazy. That’s how I feel about April, too. This month has been full of so much chaos that I’ve barely had time to breathe. No, it’s not because I’m turning 22 and suddenly I’m old and can’t breathe.
But thankfully I still had some time to consume a bit of entertainment. Although I must say I’ve been slacking on reading lately. I’m not sure what happened there, other than that I’ve been so preoccupied with finding a job that at the end of the day all I want to do is lay in my bed and stare at the TV or computer screen until I fall asleep. Holding up a book is too much effort, at that point. Yes, job searching is that stressful and exhausting. Who knew?
In other news, I have started uploading videos again! I vlogged some of my week last week and it was interesting, to say the least. Mostly because I had a lot of time to make up for but I also completely forgot how to vlog well. So I spent most of the vlog worrying about a wasp in my house. So you should check it out if you’re interested in seeing my life or hearing me drone on about things I know very little about. I’m obviously very good at self-promotion. But seriously, you should watch it. And subscribe while you’re there! We’re almost at 600 subscribers, which is pretty dang cool.
Before I jump into the list this month, I have an honorable mention. If you didn’t get it from the beginning of this post, Pretty Little Liars has returned for its final episodes. I wanted to talk about it, but since there has only been one episode I didn’t want to include it in the official list. Yea, I understand that makes no sense. But it’s my blog and I can do what I want! Right? Alright, maybe not, but just let me have this one.
Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that I’ve wanted to stop watching for so long, but for some reason, I have stuck with it since the beginning. The storyline goes so off the rails at times and I can’t tell you how many episodes have ended with me just staring at the screen for 5 minutes in complete and utter confusion. Regardless, I still like it. I love the actors. And after watching for so many seasons, I just have to see how it ends. I have a feeling it will be good. So consider this your pop-up notification if you watch this show but didn’t realize it was back for its last season. Ping!
Ok, I’ve rambled long enough. Let’s get into this month’s entertainment favorites!
What I’ve Been Watching…
13 Reasons Why
Don’t leave this post yet! Hear me out. I realize this show may be a controversial favorite. There have been a lot of reactions to this show, both positive and negative, and I have no desire to delve into a complete research analysis on it in this post. My English major brain is going a little wild to do it, but not today. Not for this little blog post.
In case you’ve been living under the largest and most isolated of rocks, here is a little backstory. The show (which is based off a book) is centered around a girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide while in high school. Instead of a suicide note, she leaves behind 13 cassette tapes outlining the 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. Heavy, I know. It only gets worse from here. Each reason correlates to a specific person, so Hannah decides to have the tapes circulate through all thirteen people so they can know exactly what they (and others) did to ruin Hannah’s life.
As a depiction of depression, this show may not hit all the marks (I could go into detail, but I would inevitably mess something up or say something wrong. So go ahead and do a quick Google search if you want to know more. You’ll probably get more information than you ever wanted to know). But as entertainment, this show is great. I liked the book as a teenager, but this show took the story to a whole new level. It haunted me so much that I stayed up until 2 am to finish it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep. My 80-year-old body took two weeks to recover, but it was worth it.
More so than the storyline, I was so impressed by the actors and how they brought the characters to life. Each one was so raw and real, they could each have a show of their own. There wasn’t one character who lacked compared to the others. With a storyline that’s somewhat over-the-top, it requires real genuine characters to anchor the show. And these characters did just that. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I have an affinity for characterization in general. But the characters in this show really took it to a whole new level.
Overall, I enjoyed this show. But I do want to stress that I enjoyed it as someone who does not struggle with depression or suicidal thoughts. If you do, I would caution you against watching this show, or at least recommend that you get some more information about it before you do. Honestly, I would recommend that for anyone who is considering watching. This show deals with a lot of really heavy topics and it does not shy away from them. While that is a really great aspect of the show, I can understand how it could be potentially dangerous. So consider this your big, yellow sign warning you to proceed with caution.
I obviously had a lot of thoughts and opinions about this show, so I am considering making an entire post dedicated to it. Let me know in the comments if that’s something you would be interested in.
If you are over the age of 18 and were a frequent viewer of ABC Family in your prime but you have never heard of this show… I am shocked. Somehow you managed to miss out on one of the best ABC Family shows ever created and for that, I am so sorry. Let me enlighten you.
Greek, as you might have guessed from the title, is centered around the sororities and fraternities on one college campus. More specifically, it follows a group of characters as they navigate their friendships, relationships, social lives, and much more. This show is such a breath of fresh air amidst all the high school-centered dramas that saturate television these days. Wow, did I sound like a serious TV critic there or what? 100 points to me.
Again, this will come as no surprise, but I love the characters in this show. You have dorks trying to fit into fraternity life (Rusty), girls who take sorority life a little too seriously (Casey), partiers who will do anything they can to stay in college forever (Cappie), over-achievers with a trust fund and an inferiority complex (Evan), and so many more awesome, fun, and quirky characters. Sure, it can be a little cliché at times, but it’s more fun that way.
I have the entire series on DVD, so I re-watch it every year or so. It’s one of those shows that I can go back to and re-watch over and over again but never get tired of. That’s how you know you’ve found a good show. So if you’re a fan of ABC Family or Freeform shows but you’ve never tried this one out, consider this your official recommendation.
P.S. College is nothing like this.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Yeah, I know, it took me insanely long to watch this movie. I have no excuses. Other than that I hate movie theaters and rarely leave the house. But I digress.
Fantastic Beasts is a Harry Potter prequel that takes place around seventy years before the story we all know and love (we all know and love it, right? We better otherwise one of us may have to go and read them ASAP before we can continue being friends). It centers around Newt Scamander, who spends his life finding, learning about, and taking care of magical beasts and creatures. The movie begins with Newt traveling to the US to return one of the creatures back to its home, only to lose a few along the way. As one would imagine, chaos ensues.
Overall, I thought this movie was super cute and fun. Obviously, it’s nowhere near as intense and amazing at Harry Potter, but it was cool to see another perspective of the same world. Especially an American perspective, which is much more strict and mean. I wonder where they got that from…
I am excited to see if J.K. Rowling continues to tell the stories leading up to and after Harry Potter. Again, I doubt they’ll ever live up to the original series. But I still think they’re fun to watch and look forward to.
What do you get when you combine Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence? Space, apparently.
This movie is about a spaceship that is carrying thousands of people who will inhabit a new planet. The tricky thing is… this planet takes 90 years to get to. So the passengers are all put to sleep, where they will wake up 90 years later, the same age, but far, far away from where they came from. The even more tricky thing is… Chris Pratt wakes up early. Oh, and so does Jennifer Lawrence. What a coincidence.
To be totally honest, I had low expectations for this movie. I thought it would be just another romance movie concocted to put two attractive Hollywood actors together. Which, in some ways, it totally was. But somehow the general storyline was interesting enough to work. Maybe it was the low expectations, but I liked it.
What I’ve Been Listening To…
Don’t Blame Me with Meghan Rienks
I love advice. Giving it, getting it, and listening to other people give it. I also love Meghan Rienks. So put the two together and you have a match made in my own little podcast heaven.
To be fair, I was pretty sure I would love it before I ever even listened to it. I love when youtubers start their own podcasts and I have never been disappointed by them. So this podcast had me very excited and it lived up to my immense expectations. I love it when that happens.
If I were ever going to start recording podcasts, I would love to do something like this. Hey, we could even do this on the vlogs if you want to just send me in your questions/comments/scenarios/problems on Tumblr or Twitter or the contact form on this website or wherever. I would be totally cool with that.
The cool thing about this podcast is that anyone can call in and record a message, so you get to hear their voice rather than someone reading it out. Then Meghan gives them good (and sometimes bad) advice on how to deal with their problem. Super simple, but super helpful and entertaining. My two favorite things.
I’ve talked about Meghan’s videos in previous posts because I love her personality and sense of humor. So if you haven’t checked her out yet (not in that way, you perv), I would highly recommend. Start with the videos or the vlogs or even the podcast. They’re all great.
Crash On My Couch
Yes, another new podcast! I called this post Podcast-palooza for a reason, not just because I thought it sounded funny. Ok, also because it sounded funny.
This month is the month of podcasts and I’ve been on a roll. While everyone else has been binging on S-Town, I’ve been listening to youtubers talk about Disney conspiracies and weird vending machines in Japan. What can I say? I’ve found my niche.
In this new podcast from Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire, your ears will be delighted with pure randomness. I love that I never know what I’m going to get from week to week, but I will always undoubtedly learn something I never needed (or wanted) to know. Seriously, there are some weird things in Japan that I don’t even want to repeat.
This is obviously a new podcast, but after listening to the first couple, I know it has amazing potential to be one of my new favorites. You know how they say, when you know, you know? This also applied to podcasts. Probably even more so than relationships. At least, from my experience. Which probably says more about me than the podcast, but whatever.
What I’ve Been Playing…
What do you get when you cross a Best Buy gift card and a dad who is possibly going through a mid-life crisis? A PS4 and a Nintendo Switch, apparently.
Since my dad is busy playing Zelda on the Nintendo, I have been left to give the PS4 a little love. The only problem is, I suck at video games. No joke. I am absolutely terrible. So when I say I have been playing this game, what I really mean is I’ve been stuck on the same level for weeks and I still can’t get through it even though I’ve moved the difficulty from ‘Normal’ to ‘Easy’.
Like any true non-gamer, I have watched other people play this game on Youtube. Since I enjoyed watching it, I figured I could play it. Turns out it’s not that easy. To break it down for you: This game is a combination of treasure hunting, problem-solving, and shooting. I am mediocre at the treasure hunting, pretty good at the problem solving, and absolutely rubbish at the shooting. Like, give me 40 bullets and 2 people to shoot and I will still find a way to die.
So when I say I am enjoying this game, take it with a grain of salt. Aside from the shooting stuff, I do really like it. If you’re good at it, take a shot at this game (lol, puns). If you’re a beginner, maybe don’t start with this. It’s very discouraging. But hey, I’m trying! I may not be a gamer but I’m a try-er and that’s half the battle. That is also just a motivational quote I made up myself. Feel free to tweet it or hang it up in your room. Or throw it in the trash. Either way, I get it.
And that’s it for this month! I obviously had a lot to tell you about, so hopefully you enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading/watching/listening to/binging on this month and maybe I’ll check it out! Thanks so much for reading!