Top 5 YA Books About Mental Health

By: Taylor

Let’s talk about mental health! Mental health is so, so important. Representation of mental health and how to deal with it is also so, so important. We’re slowly getting out of the era where different medias are not using stereotypical mental health characteristics anymore, instead they are getting more and more real and relatable, which can be so helpful. Like, I did not know I had OCD until I read a book and related so hard to the main character who had OCD. I had been so caught up in the stereotypical characteristics that movies and shows portrayed for years (like OCD just means you want everything to be clean or that you’re just a really anal retentive person) that I didn’t think my obsessive thoughts and actions could possibly be OCD. Less than a year after reading that book, I was diagnosed with OCD. Real representation of mental illnesses in movies, tv, and books are so important to help us through our own struggles and to make us not feel so alone. And today we’re going to explore my top 5 YA books that represent mental illness super, super well. Let’s go!

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Legacies: The Vampire Diaries Spinoff Surpasses Expectations

By Jen P

 

As a fan of The Vampire Diaries, even I realize the series fizzled out at the end. The final season was frustrating to watch, and I only stuck with it to see how they tied things up after 8 seasons (albeit, it sat in the DVR for about a year before I could make myself sit through it). I was already becoming disenchanted with the series by the time the first spinoff, The Originals, premiered, so I never even bothered with that one. I’ve heard good things, but I’ve been “vampired-out” for a while. So needless to say, when Legacies premiered, I rolled my eyes and moved on. But the beauty of having a streaming service like Netflix is that you get a second chance to catch some shows even before the second season debuts. I found myself bored and alone one afternoon and unable to watch any of my usual shows without causing a rift in my marriage, and here we are…

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Fandom Funnies!

In this cute YouTube video, the cast of CW’s Legacies tries to answer trivia about their predecessor show, The Vampire Diaries. And I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’d destroy them at this game…

Marvel Phase 4 Breakdown

by T. Mack

Marvel Studios has announced their plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Though, technically, the universe isn’t simply cinematic any more. It now features TV shows on the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service that are directly connected to the films. While there have been Marvel shows on TV during the previous Phases (see the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, plus Agents of Shield on ABC and Cloak & Dagger on FreeForm), this will be the first time the TV shows have been announced in conjunction with the films and touted the same characters and actors that were featured in the movies. The official slate for Phase 4 was announced last month during San Diego Comic Con 2019 and I’ve got the complete breakdown and lots of details for you right here.

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Not-So-Super-Heroes Can Be Entertaining, Too

by T. Mack

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2019 seems to be the year of exploring alternative possibilities of what might happen if people were given ultimate power. First, there was Brightburn, a dark twist on the Superman origin. Now, Amazon has released the 8-episode first season of their original television series, The Boys. The show is an adaptation of the 72-issue comic series of the same name. Both the comic and the show are set in a world where super-powered humans exist and the media frenzy surrounding them has created celebrity status, movies and television shows, endorsement deals, sexual perversion, and corruption on every level. The superheroes, or “supes” as they’re called, care more about indulging their own depravity than actually helping people. And a ragtag group called “The Boys” are tasked with trying to take down the super-charged heroes.  While The Boys can’t really be classified as “the good guys,” they are arguably leagues ahead of the heroes who are masquerading as exactly that. And the entire thing is one big, f—ing, entertaining-ass mess!

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