Taylor Swift’s 2020 albums are a product of the pandemic, but they also allow a break from it. Through her writing, she shows us what escapism really means.
The ground shakes on impact and we scream, shout and make inhuman noises. Our teachers look on, smiling at our rambunctious, too-smart-for-their-own-good group full of black joy.
I don’t care about what a book looks like on a shelf. I have never cared about the aesthetics of being a reader – books simpering on their pedestals, waiting to pose against a gravel backdrop and gain a million likes.
When Disney+ launched in 2020, I knew I’d be binging shows from my childhood for weeks straight. What I didn’t expect was how progressive they were compared to current Disney Channel sitcoms.
I, like many people, buy books if they have pretty covers. This applies even if I already own a copy of said book. Leading me to have multiple copies of Pride and Prejudice, and even books I’m not fond of like Great Expectations. I counted 10 copies of Alice in Wonderland. Did I used to have an obsession with Alice in Wonderland? Yes. Do I now? No. Shouldn’t I be able to get rid of the excess copies? No, they mean too much.
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”- Emily Bronte
I wish I could say I was a cultured 13-year-old reading Wuthering Heights, quoting Bronte. In reality, I first read this quote in the One Direction fanfiction After by Anna Todd on Wattpad.
“Nothing really matters because, really, we’re all just code.” Of course, our biological material is coded. Our identities are formed by a sequence of molecules that make up genetic data. But we are also binary data. Our lives, now more than ever, are determined by algorithms.
ussell T Davies’ new drama It’s a Sin hit channel 4 screens during HIV Testing Week 2021. It is apt that Davies’ series finds its feet in a similar climate of health anxiety to that of his cast.
Not long ago, I believed that transgender characters played by cisgender actors were largely positive and helped to progress conversations about trans lives. Yet, they were all played by cisgender men, and in some cases reiterated dangerous stereotypes or tropes.
I chose to study English literature at university because I liked reading. What 17-year-old me didn’t realise was that I liked reading in moderation, and on my own terms.