Life

Books Are Not Sacred

If Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series has taught us anything, it’s that people have really strong feelings about their books. Really, really strong feelings. “Don’t criticise my book collection or I will burn this place to the ground” level feelings. And I sympathise. I love books. If anyone wanted to come take my copy of Middlemarch with …

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Life Television

Is There Magic In Tidying Up With Marie Kondo?

The Twitter world seems really stressed out by Marie Kondo right now. Since her new Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, launched on New Year’s Day, people have been discussing, disparaging, and misrepresenting her message in the name of clicks. This Meme-version of Marie Kondo hates possessions, hates books in particular, and hates you for having them. She’s trying …

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Television

The Worst Witch Needs To Start A Revolution

The Worst Witch is a BBC/Netflix kids’ show about the first girl from an apparently non-magic family to attend Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Based on books by Jill Murphy, and reimagining a popular British TV series from the 90s, The Worst Witch follows human disaster zone Mildred Hubble, along with her friends and her rather troublesome familiar Tabby, as …

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Video Games

Heal Your Heart with GRIS on Steam and Switch

Gris is one of the most visually stunning and emotionally evocative games I have ever played. And it achieves it with almost nothing. Minimal music. The sound of birds chirping, or the wind rushing. A green-haired girl in a floating black dress, exploring an initially greyscale world. The game has no dialogue, and no narrative …

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Movies

RECOMMENDED: The Princess Switch

Forget Infinity Wars. The Princess Switch is the best movie of 2018. Admittedly, it’s also the only new movie I’ve watched in 2018, so it had exactly zero competition in my brain. But sometimes, we just need a wonderfully terrible movie, and The Princess Switch is absolutely perfect for that. It’s one of those rare movies that provides ample opportunity …

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Novels Television Young Adult Fiction

We Need To Stop Writing Suicide Stories

Last month, a University of Michigan psychology study found a link between Netflix’s suicide teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, and suicidal intention in vulnerable teen viewers.  It’s a small study, with only 87 participants, but it echoes what experts on teen mental health have claimed from the show’s debut — the show’s treatment of its suicidal protagonist …

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RECOMMENDED: Netflix’s Terrace House

Terrace House is the perfect reality show. It’s chilled out, low stakes TV from Japan (and Netflix), easy to watch, easy to enjoy, and almost unbelievably addictive. If you’ve not been watching it, the holidays are the perfect time to do so. The concept of Terrace House is simple: six strangers —three guys and three girls …

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Video Games

The Unsettling “Pacifist” World of Deltarune

It’s no secret that I love Undertale. I think it’s a masterpiece of heart, soul and meta gaming commentary, and I thought I’d never play a game like it again. At least, until Halloween this year, when the creator surprise dropped… something on Twitter. A demo. A first chapter. A three hour gaming experience. A …

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