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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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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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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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East Asia Television

Struggling with Sexism in East Asian Dramas

When it comes to “problematic things I enjoy anyway,” my biggest guilty pleasure is East Asian dramas. Typically Japanese ones, as that’s the language that I (sort of) speak, but now I’ve started to study Chinese, I’ve added those to my viewing line-up too. Most recently, I’ve been watching a very silly Taiwanese drama called Miss In Kiss, which is a …

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Twenty Years of Buffy

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the start of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is not the twentieth anniversary of me watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because I was a wimpy eight year old at the time, and when my parents watched the show, I would run through the living room with my hands clamped over my ears …

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Unlikeable Rory Gilmore

When I was a teen, I loved Rory Gilmore. She was one of my biggest fictional role models, along with Hermione Granger and Veronica Mars, a smart, driven, ambitious bookworm who wanted to learn everything there was to learn and then go out and change the world. So it’s weird to rewatch the show’s later …

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