Blankets, Craig Thompson

Title: Blankets

Author: Craig Thompson

Editor: Top shelf production

Year: 2003

Genre: graphic novel

Here this is the link for a Spotify playlist to listen to while you are reading the novel.

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Have you ever been lost? Have you ever been in love?

This book deals with those questions in a different way. It is about everything that a teenager or a young adult has to face, still there is a constant fact in the main character’s journey which is religion.

Religion is discussed in the novel in a critic way. Craig, the main character, was born in a strict catholic family and religion was always present in his life (school, after school, family).

As Craig grows, everything became uncertain and he tries to understand why love can not be respectful with his religion. So we see him falling in love with a girl but not enjoying his relationship at the fullest because everyone around him make him choose between being a good catholic and a normal relationship.

As I said before is not everything about the love story but are discussed huge topics too, such as autism. In fact, Craig’s girlfriend has to take care of her sister which is effected by this disease. Another big problem which is shown in the novel is being poor, something that Craig and his be loved brother have to face since their childhood.

This novel may be so pure and realistic at the same time because it’s in someway an autobiography of the author himself who has experience loss and confusion during his life.

I have never been a huge fan of graphic novels in general but everyone has basically told be to give this book a chance not only for the story but for the sketches too. Beautiful drawings with a minimalism style that can describe eroticism scene and mental breakdown in a unique way.

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Finally I hope you liked my review and you get the chance to read this graphic novel.

Let me know if you like the book and you agree or disagree with me.

Lots of love

JESS

SKAM: THE NORWEGIAN PHENOMENON

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RELEASE: 2015- Continuing                    COUNTRY: Norway

GENRE: Drama                                             LANGUAGE: Norwegian

CREATED BY: Julie Anderm                       N. OF SEASON: 3 (33 episodes)

 

Skam is a TV serie produced in Norway from 2015.

As the name show suggests [Skam=shame] tells the story about a group of teens dealing with the typical problem from adolescence and their first experiences.

This serie, which now is on season three, is reaching a lot of success around the world for its new way of telling stories and being completely sincere about teens’ problems.

Another thing that makes this series so interesting is that for the first time we have the chance of getting to know another culture which is not American or British.

We get to know Norwegian culture and how it is effected by globalisation. In fact one of the main characters is a Muslim girl whose is not stereotyped at all (it happened only once before in Skins’ serie).

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So one big skam’s goal is to understand cultures and religion that seems so different from ours and put a spot on political and social problem such as homophobia. Homophobia is barely saw in the show, in fact when one of the group confesses that he is gay everyone do not take it as a big revelation and treat him as an equal even when they talk about sex. This is unusual because writers usually described the gay guy, especially when he is a teenager, stereotyped and emarginated.

One thing that I really liked about the show was the costume’s job. You can is it clearly during season 3 how the couple at first have their own style but when the relationship grows stronger both of them get dressed very alike to, in some kind of way, highlights their harmony and love.

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The third season is the one who got the biggest success not only for the main character of the season but for dealing with more serious problems such as mental diseases, for example bipolar disorder.

So the second big goal for the show to reach is to make people believe that the person affected with mental disease is still a person and feel emotions even if he is ill.

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Someone describes this show as the most ‘modern’ show on air thanked the used of the socials. In fact, producers have actually created characters’ profiles on social and they are always updated. This marketing strategy has been adopted as well in the the vampire diaries serie on the last episodes.

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In conclusion, I hope you find this review interesting and you will give a chance to this show.

Lots of love

Jess