Happy Friday, everybody! Hope everyone’s had a great week. I had better one than the past two weeks, which is great. A bit of writing done, a few chapters edited…it’s such a nice feeling to get back into the swing of things after the crap mood I’ve been feeling.
As you can see, I’m not quite back at 10 yet. I’m slowly getting there, so that must be a good sign. I mean, I have one more happy thing than last week. That must count for something, right?
Anyways, I won’t ramble. Here are the 6 things that made me happy this week. And no, I don’t apologize for them being mostly TV/music related. I don’t think anyone should have to apologize for their happiness.
#1 Doctor Who returns
Alright, DOCTOR WHO is back!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode, and it really makes me look forward to this series (sadly Capaldi’s last). I love how The Doctor is a university prof; it just makes sense since he’s so clever and whatnot. The little nods to the past companion does hit you, but I think I’m gonna like Bill—she seems pretty cool.
This episode gave me The Grudge feels because of the way Heather was possessed and followed Bill around. She even screamed like the little kid in The Grudge too. But it was heartbreaking to see Bill and Heather placed in that situation. At least Bill gets to time travel and The Doctor is back to his old tricks again!
#2 Broadchurch finale
Okay, HOLY SMOKES!!! I always thought Clive and Leo would be too obvious to be the rapist, but the fact that Clive’s son Michael is the one who raped Trish—on Leo’s coercion, might I add—is a major plot twist. And then watching what happened and how Leo manipulated Michael was the most heartbreaking thing ever. He knew it was wrong and he didn’t want to do it, but Leo forced him. Because ya know, Leo raped the three other girls connected to Trish’s rape case.
Overall, I loved this series. They definitely ended it on a high, and I’m super bummed it’s all over. Everything about Broadchurch, from the casting to the cases and anything else you can think of, was just spot on. I tip my hat off to David Tennant and Olivia Coleman for bringing D.I. Hardy and Miller to life and being my favorite TV detectives. I’m really gonna miss this show, and I definitely started bawling at that final scene (above).
#3 Skin & Earth album + comic announcement
Okay, I am a MAJOR Lights fan. Her music is synth-pop at its greatest, and her acoustics, pure and captivating. She’s such an amazing, super talented person and mother—her daughter is one lucky kid with the dopest parents—and I just adore her so much.
So when the countdown to Skin & Earth commenced, I was excited. I KNEW something was coming, and I KNEW it had to be new music. Little did I know, the announcement would include a comic that accompanies the new album.
I knew Lights was an amazing illustrator—I’ve seen her paintings and sketches. But a COMIC FOR AN ALBUM?!?!! She blew my mind when I watched that teaser. I was shook. I screamed at the top of my lungs and fangirled so hard. She combines her love for all things nerdy, plus her music, to give her fans more than a visual album. The album will come to life in the form of a comic, which I’m pretty sure has NEVER been done before.
I’m excited. I can’t wait for June to come now. This is gonna be lit. And knowing Lights, it’ll be an artistic masterpiece.
#4 After Laughter announcement + “Hard Times” release
After basically a lifetime (4 years, the equivalent of your entire high school career), Paramore is back with a brand new single and album. I’ve been a fan since middle school and admire how they always manage to nail every genre they tackle. This is no exception. Paramore is down to a trio: Hayley, Taylor, and Zac. Like Panic! At The Disco, their lineup has changed, but their music remains as great as ever.
On Wednesday, they dropped new single “Hard Times.” It’s…different, but not a bad different. It starts with marimbas and has a very island vibe, like something you’d listen to at a Hawaiian beach party or cruise ship. And then the drums and guitars kick in, and you just KNOW it’s Paramore regardless of the intro.
I’m excited for the album’s release in a little over three weeks. It just seems like an amazing year for music, just like last year. Y’all should give it a listen. Even if you’re not a Paramore fan, you’d be surprised.
When I found out Jimmy Fallon and Harry Styles would be on SNL together, I knew it’d be good. I also thought to myself “Of course he’d want to host if Harry’s the musical guest” because Jimmy’s definitely a Harry Styles fanboy. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.
I scrolled through Twitter whilst the episode was on, and it’s ironic that people who’ve shat on Harry Styles and the other 1D boys are now like “wow, he can ACTUALLY sing!” I mean, if you had ACTUALLY listened to One Direction’s music or seen any of their live performances, you would have already known that. But I guess it takes them to go solo for the haters to let go of their haterade and realize what the 1D fandom has known for the past, oh…6.5 years.
The sketches were great. I died at Harry’s Mick Jagger impersonation. We all knew he kinda looked like a young Mick, but seeing his impression was priceless! He also nailed his performances, something I knew he’d had no difficult with despite it being his first time without the boys.
All in all, I enjoyed everything about the episode. It was great, and I’m glad this proved the naysayers wrong—that Harry, as well as his bandmates, CAN actually sing and that he DOES have artistic chops.
# 6 Geekerella by Ashley Poston
I saw people talking about this book, so I wanted to give it a read to see what the buzz was about. Little did I know, I’d become utterly obsessed with this book. I jus—UGH! Elle epitomizes what it’s like to be a hardcore fangirl so well and I absolutely love Darien’s wit and inner nerd. Sage is definitely my favorite character by miles, and the fact that she plays Fairy Godmother and mom’s food truck is a pumpkin is the best thing ever.
I love the friendship Elle and Sage develops, and I love how Elle isn’t initially drawn to Seaside Cove star Darien Freeman because that show isn’t her thing. And then there’s Cal and Chloe, Elle’s evil stepsisters. Chloe is the epitome of a downright bitch, but I love how Cal comes out of her shell in the end turns out to be a lesbian (I think? It’s not specified…she might be bi, but I’m not sure) since she develops what appears like more than a friendship with Sage.
10/10 would approve. I love this re-imagining of Cinderella.