If You Love... Round Two!
Hi Everyone! I had such a fun time writing the first If You Love post, that I decided to do another one. I switched up some of the genres, and I really hope you guys can find some new entertainment to enjoy!
1. If You Love… Comedy
BOOK: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s autobiography is hilarious, thought-provoking and unique. Reading this book made me feel like she could be my best friend as I got an in-depth glance at her childhood and career before she played Kelly on The Office.
TV SHOW: Master of None
Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show was just released at the beginning of November. It’s a series of 10 half-hour episodes. Everything about this show is so great. All of the characters are hilarious and relatable, and the music is amazing. Aziz’s parents actually guest star in a few episodes, and he wrote a really great statement about it here.
Amy Schumer’s movie was one of the best I saw this summer. It stars her and Bill Hader (my secret man crush) and is the perfect Rom-Com for those who aren’t really into the whole romance aspect. Amy Schumer is absolutely hilarious and this literally had me laughing until I cried.
2. If You Love… Romance
BOOK: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium is a dystopian novel, set in the future in a place where love is considered a disease. At 18, everyone is cured through a procedure, and Lena can’t wait to get hers. Then she meets Alex, and everything she thought she knew changes.
TV SHOW: Awkward
Awkward, which has just finished its 5th season, revolves around Jenna, whose clumsy life led to a bathtub-related accident that made it look like a suicide attempt. She receives an anonymous letter with all the reasons why she’s considered unpopular amongst her peers. Jenna navigates her way through high school with some help from her friends, enemies, and most importantly, hot boyfriends.
MOVIE: (500) Days of Summer
This is one of my favorite movies. Ever. It follows Tom, an average guy, as he falls in love with Summer, a girl who doesn’t believe in love. The film explores their relationship, pieced together in such a unique way. The soundtrack is also killer. This is before Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschannel’s careers blew up, and is directed by Marc Webb, who directed The Amazing Spider-Man.
3. If You Love… Bad ass females!!!!
BOOK: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this trilogy, and this post is coinciding with the release of Mockingjay Part 2! Katniss lives in a post-apocalyptic world, specifically District 12. Each year, one boy and one girl from each district are placed into The Hunger Games, where they must fight each other until the death. Inevitably, there’s a love triangle, and I am 100% Team Gale.
TV SHOW: Supergirl
Only a few episodes of Supergirl have aired on CBS so far, but I’m already addicted. I loved Melissa Benoist when she was on Glee, but I think Supergirl suits her way better. Supergirl is the cousin of Superman, and was sent to Earth to keep an eye on her cousin, but her pod got knocked off the route, and she landed on Earth after her cousin had grown up and become a superhero. She struggles with learning how to be a superhero and hiding her identity from her big media #Girlboss.
This movie is based off a trilogy by Veronica Roth and set (and filmed) in the glorious city of Chicago. The city is split up into factions based off the citizen’s values, and when Tris (Shailene Woodley) turns 16, she is allowed to switch factions. She transfers from Abnegation, a faction that values selflessness, to Dauntless, the faction that values bravery. She struggles with fitting in and attempting to pass initiation to become a true member of Dauntless, with the help of a hot guy—of course—played by Theo James.
4. If You Love… Action
BOOK: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, the power shuts off. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. They are aliens who look like humans, who roam the countryside killing everyone. To key to staying alive is staying alone, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Mysterious Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother.
TV SHOW: The Flash
This CW show stars Grant Gustin, a celebrity I have loved since his extremely minor role on Glee. This is the classic story of Barry Allen and how he became The Flash, and his journey of discovering his powers and navigating Central City with the help of his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs.
MOVIE: The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner is also a book trilogy by James Dashner, which I thought was alright, but I mostly ended up seeing the movie for Dylan O’Brien. And it blew. Me. Away. The special effects are incredible, from the walls of the maze to the creatures inside it. Thomas wakes up in a box in the maze and can’t remember anything about himself. He is required to join forces with the other boys as they look for a way to escape.